I learned about Compassion International about two years ago on twitter. Some of my favorite bloggers were heading to Tanzania and invited us to follow along as they documented their travels. I read the blog posts and felt my eyes watering with joy as I looked at pictures of beautiful Tanzanian children. Earlier this year another group traveled to Uganda and I felt a tug on my heart. As each year passed, I considered whether or not I would make the commitment to sponsor a child of my own. As a single mom I am hyper sensitive about my finances. I don’t think I live extravagantly by any stretch of the imagination, but I realize that there are many ways in which I live a privileged life. I decided that it was no longer enough for me to read these stories and view these pictures of other people doing what I felt led to do. It was finally time for me to sponsor a Compassion child of my own.
It costs $38 a month or $9.50 a week to sponsor a Compassion Child. When I looked at my budget I realized that I probably spend more than that each month by dining out or buying frivolous items. Compassion International is also very transparent about how my money is used to support my child. I appreciate that Compassion International recognizes that transparency helps put people at easy about sponsoring children. It’s a small financial commitment that has life changing rewards.
I identify as an American of African descent. While I’m not sure where in Africa my ancestors are from, I have a sincere love for the continent. I even picked up a minor in African & Black Diaspora studies in college so that I could learn more about the continent and the diverse people who call over 50 countries home. So when it came time for me to select which country I would select a child from, I knew that I wanted a child from an African country. I selected a beautiful little girl from the country of Togo. I am excited to learn more about my little girl and her country and share with her my life here in the U.S.
For My Son
Compassion International provides some great tips on ways you can select a child (or more!) from the many in their database. If I had the funds, I could have easily sponsored 10 children, but I decided to narrow it down by selecting a child with the same birthday as my son. That’s how I found my Compassion Child, Akou. When I showed her picture to my son it was like they had an instant connection, they are birthday twins! Through this sponsorship he will get to write Akou, learn about her and life in Togo. I’ve been praying that one day we can take a trip with Compassion to Togo to visit her.
I’ve been praying a lot about pursuing adoption and don’t think it’s in the cards for my family right now. As I sit in this time, I recognize that there are other ways I can care for children who are in need. Sponsoring a child with Compassion International has allowed me to do that. Caring for Akou has made my heart so full. In the words of Marian Wright Edelman, If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.
I hope you take some time to learn about Compassion International and consider sponsoring a child of you own.
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