Compassion Day!

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.

Click here to sponsor a child.

(Images and information in this post are from compassionday.com.au)


6 thoughts on “Compassion Day!

  1. Thanks for this post Cath. It is so important to raise awareness. I must admit, I glossed over the statistics until you mentioned the 2,500,000 orphans. I’m so thankful that compassion are making a little difference.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Play for new babies =-.

  2. This is a great post Cath. I love Compassion Day- what a wonderul opportunity to talk about something so important. I hope you’re all settling back into the school term okay. Lots love, Joni xo
    .-= Joni´s last blog ..You’ll Lose Sleep Over This =-.

  3. Thanks Cath. This is my heart too. Giving kids a chance at life. Changing their futures. Fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves!! We are enjoying our new life in Thailand and working with the ZOE Children’s Home over here… it’s amazing to be actually witnessing the changes in these beautiful children’s lives. Thanks for sharing about Compassion Day, it all helps.
    .-= Andrea Cross´s last blog ..Fruit-loops! =-.

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