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Sponsored Kids – Meet Khadidja

Happy Sponsored Kids Friday!

PHEW.  What a weird few weeks, huh?  COVID-19 has hit every company and family in a different way and there has certainly been a time of adjustment. The effects on my job have resulted in a bit of a delay on these posts – but we are back and doing well!

We all have different ways of coping with difficult transitions, but for me, one method I use is to focus on the people around me who need help more than I do and how I can help.  To be clear, I don’t think that it’s healthy to downplay our own emotions and not allow ourselves to feel sad or scared just because other people “have it worse”.  For me, it’s more of a way to focus my attention on a solution, rather than the concerns that are facing me, however valid they may be.

So, today, let’s meet someone who meets those requirements – one of our sponsored kids.  This is Khadidja.  She is 6 years old and lives in Lour Ribot in Senegal.  She lives with her parents and 1 sister there.  As her profile will tell you, Khadidja is growing up in a rural area made up of small, remote villages on the edge of a desert, in the Kaffrine region of Senegal.  Dry, forested terrain gives way to fields of maize, millet, sorghum, and sesame, the main food crops. The soil is worsening as resources like firewood and coal contribute to poor growing conditions. Families depend on a good rainy season to help their crops grow, but when the rain is scarce, people go hungry. Many choose to migrate to cities or even other countries in search of stability.

Imagine for just a moment that you are in the shoes of Khadidja’s parents.  You are both farm laborers, as that is the only job to be found in your region.  But the very thing you rely on to put a roof over your children’s heads is fickle, dependent on diminishing resources, and not at all reliable.  Still, Lour Ribot is your HOME.  It is where you were born & where your family has lived for generations.  Imagine with me being faced with the decision to stay, and possibly go hungry, or leave the only home you’ve ever known for a new place, full of unknowns, knowing you’ll have to rebuild your entire life from scratch.  What would you do? When I imagine myself being in their shoes, I find it pretty easy to see poverty being a cyclical thing that is dastardly hard to escape.  IF you can even save the money to leave, you still can’t be guaranteed a better life. 

This is precisely why it is so important for World Vision’s mission to be successful.  World Vision is helping to improve people’s quality of life – wherever they are – and giving them the chance to have a home that is safe and full of opportunity.  Khadidja’s home of Lour Ribot is one in Phase 1 – “building trust and laying the groundwork” for success.  Since Khadidja is only 6 years old, we have the fun opportunity to watch her grow up as her community begins to change for the better.  I wonder how the letters and updates from her will change over the years!

I say all that to say this: COVID-19 is affecting non-profit organizations as hard as (if not more than) other companies.  Our continued financial support is vital, of course, but there is another we help!  Congress will almost surely have to pass another relief bill.  When they do, World Vision is asking that they include special provisions for non-profits.  Will you take a minute to follow the link and send a letter of support to your Congressmen/women for non-profits like World Vision to be assisted?  https://oneclickpolitics.global.ssl.fastly.net/messages/edit?promo_id=8429