Hearing about the plight of orphaned children can be traumatic for anyone, but as a parent, it might hit you especially hard. The thought of youngsters trying to make their way in the world without the love and support of their parents is heartrending.
Tragically, there are around 200 million orphans globally and many of these children struggle to access the basics, including clean water, food, healthcare and education. In the face of statistics like this, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless to help. However, there are practical things you can do. For example, by sponsoring a child you can dramatically improve their quality of life and give them the opportunity to not just survive, but flourish. Here’s how the process works.
Your first step
Firstly, you’ll need to find an organisation that accepts sponsorship donations on behalf of orphans, such as aid and development charity Human Appeal. The organisation you decide to give money to will guide you through the steps you should take. This could mean agreeing to donate to a particular youngster that you’ve seen on the charity’s website, or it could involve specifying the type of child you’re keen to support. For example, you may be able to choose an age range, gender and location. Alternatively, you can let the charity select a child on your behalf. It’s up to you.
You’ll then have the opportunity to start making regular donations, and this can usually be done on a monthly or yearly basis. Once you’ve set up your payments, you’ll start to receive updates on how your money is making a difference.
Don’t worry if you can’t commit to giving money on an ongoing basis though. Charities also accept one-off contributions and it’s important to bear in mind that every contribution - no matter how small - can make a real difference to a child’s life.
Paying for the essentials
The money you give when you sponsor a youngster can help to pay for a whole range of essentials. For example, it can provide them with food to help them grow up to be strong and healthy. It can also give them access to medicines and meet the costs of their schooling, dramatically improving their prospects for the future. Supporting youngsters in countries such as Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Pakistan, Eritrea, Macedonia, Tunisia and Bangladesh by providing them with these basics can give them the security and confidence they need to thrive.
To find out more about your sponsorship options, you can visit charities’ websites. Whichever organisation you decide to give money to, you should find the process to be straightforward and it’ll give you the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing your bit to help a child in need.