People the world over celebrate International Children’s Day every June 1. Since children hold the future of any society, it makes sense to set aside a day to think about how we care for and nurture the world’s children.
Food for the Hungry puts a priority on children. When a community’s children thrive, we know we’re doing what we went there to do. There are plenty of ways to help children. One way is to help their mothers.
How Helping a Mother Transformed Her Children
Take Roung Pream for example. She’s a 35-year-old single mother of six living in Cambodia. Life was hard for her and her children.
Lack of education limited Pream’s employment opportunities. That left her unable to feed her children properly or send them to school.
The children were often sick. It’s no wonder. Diseases lurked in the family’s only water source. The community didn’t value cleanliness, and they threw garbage everywhere.
She heard about the Food for the Hungry child sponsorship program and enrolled her oldest daughter, 14-year-old Bo Chinda.
Child Sponsorship Opened Opportunities
FH Child Sponsorship works by providing opportunities for both children and their parents. The program gave Chinda access to good education, healthcare, and clean water. And this will break this child’s bonds of poverty. But she couldn’t have taken advantage of these opportunities if her mother couldn’t keep him healthy.
She needed an income.
Pream joined an FH-sponsored savings group. She learned about business, math and how to keep track of her earnings. She was able to take out short-term, low-interest loans.
And she got an idea. She started a small business with nothing but a motorcycle and the ability to negotiate.
Pream selling vegetables in the market
She made an agreement with local farmers and wholesalers. Each day, she picked up their products and agreed on the price the farmers and wholesalers wanted Pream to pay for their products. At the end of the day, she’d either give her customers their products back or give them the amount she agreed to pay them.
She kept the profits.
The Children No Longer Struggle
With her extra income, Pream bought pigs, planted a garden and built a latrine. She cleans her house and no longer throws trash on the ground. Not only can she now pay her children’s school fees, the kids have more energy and can concentrate better because they are no longer hungry. They use a water filter supplied by FH. The children rarely are ill anymore.
Bo Chinda learned about hygiene and sanitation through child sponsorship.
Chinda attended trainings on hygiene, sanitation, and other health practices. She learned to respect herself, other children, adults, and the environment. In the children’s savings group, she learned many of the same things her mother learned about supporting herself when she becomes an adult.
This International Children’s Day, think about ways you could make this kind of impact in the lives of the world’s children.
- Pray for God’s provision in the lives of needy children.
- Teach the children in your life for and about themselves, their peers and the environment.
- Give to charities that improve children’s lives.
You can make more stories like Rong Pream’s and her daughter in several ways. The most long-term way to help is through child sponsorship. If that isn’t possible, you can also consider a one-time donation or give through the FH Gift Catalog–such as pigs