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Have you ever thought how different your life would look if you were born in a different country? Like not just France or Austrailia, but somewhere like Haiti or Botswana or Ecuador. It blows my mind thinking that if I was born in a majority world country, I honestly would have a much higher chance of not even being here today. And I want to do something about that.

So I’ve decided to raise money to help expectant mothers and mothers of young, at-risk kids in poor regions of Ecuador get some help. This help comes in the form of Compassion International’s Child Survival Program.

Though my family has been sponsoring Compassion children since I was around 6 years old, it is now that I’m realizing just how well this organization does at taking a holistic approach to ending poverty. I recently had the opportunity to hear more about how Compassion partners with local churches in poor areas to meet the needs of children, ensuring that they receive good food, water, education, and medical care, all the while sharing the gospel with them.

But here’s the thing: the sponsorship program starts at 4 years old, and there are millions of children living in poverty who don’t survive to that age because of preventable causes. Ecuador’s poor mountain regions of Chimborazo, Bolívar, and Manabi have some of the highest rates of child malnutrition, and the funds that I raise will go directly to providing equipment for the program and training for these young mothers. 

It’s so easy to pass the problem on to someone else. But I’m learning that if I want something to change, I can’t expect someone else to do everything. Please, please, please, consider giving to help these kiddos. I know that there are a lot of worthwhile causes out there that need a lot of funding, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen an organization with such a comprehensive and long-term approach to releasing people from poverty. I’m a college student and I don’t have the means right now to sponsor a child, but I do have a voice and a heart for these people. You have something to give –  don’t keep it to yourself.

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