This children’s day, not only do we want to celebrate children for who they are, we want to remember the less fortunate children who are in need.
Extreme poverty, measured at $1.90 per person per day, disproportionately affects children – 387 million, or 19.5% of the world’s children live in extreme poverty. Every Year, 6.6 million children die before their fifth birthday, almost all from causes that are preventable and treatable.
What sets us apart from other NGOs is our belief that children are not just passive beneficiaries but active agents of change. Here are some stories of how both local and overseas children have helped light up another child’s life in their own simple ways!
Children in Singapore Shine Bright
Ryan became a sponsor when he was just 7. At 14, he is one of the youngest trippers to visit Yaozhou, China to meet his sponsored child. He even had the opportunity to teach English to a class of primary school children during the trip!
9-year-old Gracie was inspired by her mother to help children in need. To raise funds, she performed on the piano for her relatives, babysat her little cousin, and did household chores!
The students from Rush Me Not Art Studio painted 20 art pieces reflecting their wishes and dreams for vulnerable children around the world. Some of the paintings were auctioned at the One Humanity One Hope Charity Dinner to raise funds for children in crisis.
Child Beneficiaries Passing the Light On
In World Vision, we believe that children can be more than just beneficiaries of our development work, they can be change-makers in their own community. When child sponsorship lights up a child’s life, they are empowered to pass this light on.
Child clubs are an important component of the Child Sponsorship programme. There, children are imparted life skills, and are also taught their basic rights. They are encouraged to exchange ideas, communicate and take the floor to express themselves. They also discuss issues that affect their country, and are encouraged to advocate for them, and be the change in their community.
One example is Nyan Win, 18, who has been a sponsored child since he was 8 years old. He attended trainings in his Child Club, where it helped build his character and leadership skills.
Now, Nyan Win actively volunteers in World Vision by facilitating child protection awareness-raising sessions, and is also an anti–human trafficking advocate!
With each generation of children taking ownership of the issues affecting their community, we know there will be continuity in the development in the community. There is no better way to ensure that our impact is sustainable in the long run!
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
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