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Hi! I am Jennifer. My family and I live just outside of Chicago in a small farming town where on any given day you can see a tractor driving down the street. I started to write for World Help about a year ago, after I had been praying for the direction of my blog and asking God to open doors to better serve Him. The World Help family has been a huge blessing in my own life and the lives of many others.
As I waited for my turn in the school pick-up lane,
I could see the excitement in her eyes and the smile on her face.
Excitement spilled into her words as she could barely get them out.
Some of her teachers had nominated her for a scholarship.
In order to even be considered for the scholarship,
she had to write an essay
answering one of three questions.
It wasn’t hard for her to know which question to answer,
she has a heart for international children that live in poverty.
She knew right away that she wanted the world to learn about children of Haiti
and other third-world countries.
She spent hours in her room researching.
She would come down the stairs, head in the computer, and tell us her findings.
We learned that education, primarily reading, helps bring people out of poverty.
Teaching someone to read can bring them out of poverty and change not only their life but the lives of their families.
We learned that half of Haiti’s population cannot read or write,
Even though most Haitian kids start school at three.
We wondered why that happened?
We learned that most children start school, but once they reach third grade they mostly like have to drop out because the family cannot afford to send them to a secondary school.
Only one in ten children go to a secondary school.
Only one in ten.
What happens to the other nine?
We learned that it was because of sponsorships that children were able to go back to school and get out of poverty.
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We know that education is the number one way for those in poverty to get out of poverty.
And we learned that children who get out of poverty always go back and help their community.
We also learned that a sponsored child increases completing a secondary school by 27%-40%.
This is huge considering that most children don’t get past third grade.
We learned that sponsored high school graduates are 50%-80% more likely to obtain a college degree.
We learned that sponsorship strengthens the likelihood that a child will work in a white-collar job as an adult by 35%.
We found that sponsorship provides children with a life-changing education.
Sponsorship also provides, clean water, medical care, nutrition, personal development, and social structure. But most important, they learn about God’s love daily.
Imagine a child with a full belly, a clean place to sleep, and the love of God being poured into them. Imagine what that can do to their lives and the lives around them.
Thirty five dollars a month gives a precious child a new life, and you can change the world one child at a time. Click here to learn more.