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Child Sponsorship: A Rewarding and Fulfilling Experience

Children are the future of the world. We need to ensure their education and health.

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Children are the future of every nation. Their childhood needs to be protected.

Every child needs to be nurtured carefully to flourish and blossom. Proper education and good health should be the minimum rights for every kid. Unfortunately, that is not true for millions of children across the world.

Child sponsorship programs come to help in such a situation and help bridge the gap.

The child sponsorship program is where individuals sponsor education, health, and overall growth of children from the underprivileged section of our society, through NGOs. NGOs get funding from various organizations and individuals to continue running their noble cause of giving a better future for these disadvantaged children.

Currently, I am Sponsoring four kids through various programs. I have been part of the different child sponsorship programs, as a sponsor, for more than a decade now. During this time, I have sponsored six kids through ‘World Vision India’ and ‘SOS Children’s Villages of India’.

These are just two NGOs that I am associated with as a sponsor. Many such organizations are out there helping the underprivileged children get a chance at having a better future.

The best part of these programs is — it is not about paying money one time and forget it. The programs let you build a meaningful relationship with the kids throughout the sponsorship period. You become a part of the kid’s life journey until they become an adult.

Handwritten letters in the age of emails and WhatsApp chats are priceless.

These programs help the sponsor and the children to stay in touch with each other through the NGOs. The communications are through handwritten letters. I love it when kids write letters to me in their native language. Handwritten letters in the age of emails and WhatsApp chats are priceless.

My heart gets filled with raw emotions when I receive letters from my sponsored kids. Every time I open them with a lot of excitement. It is such a fantastic experience.

Children write in detail about their day to day life. They write about how much they love to go to school and what is their favorite subject. They tell me about their friends and who among them is their best friend.

It is beautiful to read about the dreams and aspirations of the kids, in their own words. They write about what they want to become when they grow up. It is inspiring to know how the kids want to give back to the community once they are capable.

I am delighted to read the details on how much the kids cherish getting an equal opportunity at having a better future.

I love sending birthday cards and gifts to the kids. I share the same birth month with two of my sponsored kids. It is beautiful to see their happy and cheerful face in the photos they post with the letters.

Along with the education and health for kids, the programs also strive towards providing a nurturing environment. They take care of the whole community. These NGOs work closely with families and communities to eliminate negative cultural attitudes.

Organizations can achieve these fit only due to collective effort and contribution from many people.

Volunteers of the programs educate the parents to understand the benefit of sending the kids to school. They arrange alternate livelihoods for the parents to provide for their families. This helps in keeping the children away from getting pushed into child labor to meet ends.

Awareness is the key. Once the parents are convinced of the benefit of education, they almost always willingly participate in the future building of their children. It helps the kid to have access to life’s basic essentials.

It is reassuring to see that these kids are not working as child labor to alleviate their family’s poverty. Kids can go to school now and are getting a chance to have a better childhood.

I decided, either I do it or not do it — but keeping on questioning does not help. Not doing anything was not an option.

I do get occasional queries from my friends and relatives about how do I know the organizations are authentic. Whether the NGOs are spending the money for the intended purpose or not.

I, too, had similar questions in my mind, when I started sponsoring kids, more than a decade back. I decided, either I do it or not do it — but keeping on questioning does not help. Not doing anything was not an option.

So, I did my research and filtered through many organizations before deciding where I want to start sponsoring.

More than a decade later — one of my sponsored children being an adult now and no longer part of the sponsorship, I am satisfied with the results. There is a feeling of joy and contentment by being able to see how my contribution is helping others.

The communication with the sponsored kids keeps my eyes opened to the reality of millions of children across the world. It helps me stay grounded. It has been a fulfilling journey for me over the last decade.

It does not take much to help others. Starting is what matters. You can do it too.

Each little way of helping the children to grow with dignity is valuable.

You do not have to associate with one specific NGO or associate with any organization at all. Just do as much as you can in your own particular way. It does not have to be financial help. The help can be by any means.

There are so many ways one can help out the next generation to have a proper education.

I see people helping out by lending their hours for teaching, creating question banks for underprivileged, lending voice to record books for visually challenged students, and in many more creative ways. Each little way of helping the children to grow with dignity is valuable.

Without education, there is no hope for the poor and underprivileged.

The current generation must make the world a better place for the next generation. Let education be the equalizer among all.

Without education, there is no hope for the poor and underprivileged.

Along with education, let’s take care of the health of the next generation. As the saying goes — health is wealth. Let good health and proper education be a right for every kid and not just a privilege.

Collectively, we have limitless power. Let us help the kids have a chance for a better future, and in turn, we have a rewarding experience by making it possible.


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