Nine-year-old Nathan in Zambia takes care of his family’s goats. Because of drought, this year’s crops failed, but the animals give his family economic independence.
Over our nearly 70-year history, we’ve seen how lives change when a child is empowered. This year, starting with a church in Chicago and a rural community in Kenya, we began to empower children with another choice. For the first time ever, the power to choose a sponsor is in the child’s hands.
MAY 1, 2019, RWANDA — Alongside a pond in Rwanda once roamed the legendary “Big Five” animals of Africa. Today, dominion of the pond belongs to creatures that are smaller but even deadlier — bloodsucking parasites, mosquitoes, and snakes. Eight-year-old Esther hates the pond, her only source of water.
MAY 1, 2019, KENYA — Now that 6-year-old Cheru and her family have clean, fresh, running water near their home, life is better in so many ways. Clean water supports their community’s health, education, livelihoods, and spiritual growth.