Many of you have expressed a desire to be involved with Compassion International, but you're not in a position to commit to sponsoring a child. I have a solution for you.
Friday is World Malaria Day. From Compassion:
"If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito."
Every African knows this is true because mosquitoes carry malaria—a tropical disease that kills over 750,000 children each year. That’s one child every 30 seconds. In Africa, mosquitoes make a huge difference in the lives of poor families and children. And it all starts with a tiny bite.
Remarkably, as horrible and dangerous as this disease in, the simple presence of a mosquito net over a person's bed makes a huge difference. It's such a simple thing.
A one-time $10 donation will give a family a mosquito net through Compassion. Your kids can probably come up with $10. Get them involved--bring out the globe and show them where on our planet malaria is prevalent. Help think of a way they can make some sacrifices to save $10 in the family budget, and send a mosquito net to Africa.