Today is Compassion Day, an annual event which sees Compassion Australia and Christian radio stations around the country join forces. The aim this year is to have 1600 impoverished children sponsored in 16 hours. In particular this year the focus is on the children of Kenya.
Did you know that in Kenya:
- 20% of the population live below the international poverty line
- 1.2 million people are living with HIV/AIDS
- 2.5 million children are orphans
- a third of women aged 15-49 have suffered genital mutilation
(Click here to read more about Kenya, including information and photographs about the Maasai people and the slums in Kibera and Mathare Valley…)
I feel overwhelmed by those statistics, especially the 2,500,000 children who are without their Mummy or Daddy. But I do believe that Compassion are bringing hope to an almost hopeless situation. Already there are 170 Compassion Child Development Centres caring for 42,000 Kenyan children.
To be honest I can’t even really visualise 42,000 people. (I’m much better with big words than big numbers…) I guess it’s a stadium crowd at a sports match. So I suppose if I tried to visualise 2.5 million kids that would be almost 60 stadium crowds. S-I-X-T-Y. I think it’s brilliant that Compassion are taking care of one stadium full of Kenyan orphans, but my heart still aches for the 2,458,000 children in the other 59 stadiums.
I can’t help but think what a difference it would make if every family here in Australia who could afford to do so, sponsored one child – in Kenya or elsewhere. Sponsorship through Compassion costs $44 per month, or just under $1.50 per day. I don’t know about you but I feel like that is money well spent. I’m not sure that I can do anything to change the face of poverty, but I know that I can change the world for one child.
Are you willing to change one child’s world? Today is a great day to step up.
(Images and information in this post are from compassionday.com.au)