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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Saving children, their families, and their communities

Poor families in Africa, Asia, and Central America face unbelievably tough choices every day.

Put yourself in their position for a moment and the disturbing nature of these choices becomes very apparent.

You are about to hand your 5-year old daughter or granddaughter a cup of water. You know that there is at least a 50/50 chance the water, gathered from a stagnant, bacteria-laden pond 5 kms away, will make her sick, or perhaps, like it has with so many other children, take her life. But what do you do when you have no choice? Death by dehydration is clearly not an alternative.

You are about to feed this same daughter the only meal she will have today, a tin cup filled with a mixture of boiled roots and grain you scavenged from a field. You know that the meal has little or no nutritional value, but it does keep the hunger pangs at bay, at least for a few hours. But again, what do you do when you have no choice? Malnourishment is better than watching your daughter slowly starve to death.

No impoverished family we are trying to help desires to stay imprisoned by poverty. Without exception, they all have a deep desire to improve their lives and their communities.

Your support makes the difference because it provides…
  • Clean water that reduces rates of water-borne illness by as much as 80%.
  • Education that gives children the ability to learn their way out of poverty and have a much lower likelihood of living in poverty as adults.
  • Health care that transforms communities as families use time formerly spent in sickness to pursue improving their quality of life.
Training that enables young people and adults to earn skills that ensure they can earn a livable wage and become self-reliant rather than caught in a cycle of dependency.

Help children and their families today.