There are so many ways to make a positive impact in this world through donations, volunteering or creating more awareness. Today, I really wanted to focus on one organization that I personally work with, World Vision.
“Going to the end of the ends. Where no one else goes.”
World Vision is a christian humanitarian organization that partners with children, families and communities in very impoverished, marginalized places in the world where they tackle social injustices and poverty at the root cause.
Bob Pierce started World Vision back in the 1950’s by giving and that same mentality is still present throughout this organization.
- Has impacted more than 200 million vulnerable children by attacking the root causes of poverty.
- Over a 5-year period, 89% of malnourished children made a full recovery
- Reaches a new child every 10 seconds and 3 more school every with clean water
- Impacting children’s lives in over 100 countries
“Empowering people out of poverty. For good. For the past 65 years.”
Now the reason I wanted to talk about World Vision is also because I work with them by sponsoring a child. I am not here to try and make you sponsor a child. I simply want to talk about my personal experience with working with World Vision and how sponsoring a child has radically changed my life.
I want to address something first. I know that majority of who is reading this will be college aged and most of us, including me are not very financially stable as we have to pay for tuition, rent, books, insurance and the list goes on. Sponsoring a child is a financial commitment for sure and I am not negating that fact. However, after taking a look at my monthly budget, I found that if I ate out just a few times less a month I could afford to do it. Like I mentioned above, there are so many ways to make a change in this world and I will take about those later so sponsoring a child is just one way.
Okay now what does sponsoring a child actually mean?
Great question! Let me break it down for you. When you sponsor a child through World Vision, you are making a $39 commitment each month towards supporting a child in a third world country. What that $39 a month goes toward is providing these kids with access to vital basics they lack such as:
- Clean water
- Economic opportunities and protection
You can see the vital role you play in this child’s life as they are in the most important stages of their lives. Another important thing to understand about sponsoring a child is that World Vision also works within the communities of sponsored children to help them grow and become more self-sustainable.
I am attaching a link to watch that talks more about my experience sponsoring a child!
As I mentioned in the video, there are several other ways to get involved with World Vision and help support these communities!
This event, 6k for Water, is a event where you are participating with thousands around the world to bring lasting clean water to children and communities in need by walking or running in this race. Why 6k? Glad you asked! It is because 6 kilometers is about the average distance that women and children have to walk to access clean water.
“Every time you take a step, is one step they don’t have to”
For more information about this link or to register : 6k for water
Other great ways to get involved are creating a fundraising page. Once here you can use your passion for helping people and put it into action. You will raise funds for clean water, better healthcare, child protection or whatever you want and create an event or special occasion to help with! This is a fantastic way to get your community behind and involved in life changing cause and will help empower your friends and family! You can also join ongoing fundraising efforts in your local area as well which can help you also meet like-minded people in your community.
Another fantastic way to get involved is by building kits. This link will bring you to the World Vision Kits site where you will pick the type of kit you want to build whether that be:
- Hygiene kits
- School tools
- Women’s hope kits
- International hygiene kits
- Promise packs
All these kits are then shipped out and distributed to families in impoverished communities. This type of events allows people to be hands on in creating hope and a better future for a lot of families who need it!
World Vision has a whole site dedicated to ways to get involved and I will link that here.
Some other really fantastic non-profits that are doing incredible things around the world, I will list below!
- Save the children
- Compassion International
- Children International
- Childfund International
- International Rescue Committee
- International Red Cross