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Sponsored Kids – Meet Abdoul

Happy Sponsored Kids Friday, all, and I hope you have a fun weekend coming up!

Today, we are meeting our one and only sponsor from Niger – Abdoul Karim.  His birthday is August 14th and he is currently 11 years old.  Abdoul loves to read and play football!  His father is a gardener and his mother in currently unemployed, so they struggle to provide for Abdoul and his 2 sisters.  If you don’t know, Niger has been in conflict on and off for a long time.  If you’ve ever heard of the terrorist group Boko Haram, Niger is unfortunately one of the areas they have targeted.  Basically – not the easiest place to grow up.

World Vision has been in Niger for a long time.  Here are some of the biggest initiatives they’ve taken in this country:

  • In August 1973, they entered Niger to bring drought relief efforts.
  • Starting in the 1990s, they began providing sponsorship to thousands of children.
  • In 2002, they built a multi-functional health center for families in northern Niger.
  • Since 2004, they’ve worked to improve Nigeriens’ health by raising awareness about HIV and AIDS and providing many villages with access to clean water.
  • In 2005, when there was a terrible locust infestation, WV responded by distributing 350 tons of cereal and seed stock.

You know, it’s so easy to get bogged down by the sadness in this world.  That there are millions of children that go hungry and deal with extreme poverty every day is a sobering thought, and only one of the many atrocities the human race faces.  I know for me, anyway, all it takes is a little exposure to the vastness of poverty, violence, and injustice, and I start wondering if I’m doing enough – if I’m really making a difference – if I’ll be able to leave a legacy that wasn’t just self-serving.  But you know what?  Writing these kids, making relationships, partnering with a group that steps up and tangibly responds to crises around the world – that DOES matter.  I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – we can’t all be Mother Theresa.  But we can all help wherever and whenever we can, and I truly believe that showing love to these kids through our time, our words, and our sponsorship matters.  So the next time you start feeling weighed down by the burdens of this world, remember that you are a part of an organization that is truly helping.  All these stats that I share with you?  Why not journal them?

  • “Dear Diary, Jan 28th – the Keep Girls in School Act passed through the House.” 
  • “Dear Diary, Jan 31st – Found out that Fatou, 35 year old mother of 11, received 3 small loans from VisionFund in 2019 to grow her business.”

My point is, remind yourself that you are a part of change.  You may not be well-known for your efforts by many, but you are known by a bunch of really awesome kids in Senegal (and Niger, Ghana, Mozambique, and Mali) who thank you every chance they get.  We’re doing it, guys.  This matters.