November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, which promotes international togetherness and awareness among children. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions that children make around the world and to continue to advocate for their welfare. In this issue of World at Your Door, you’ll enjoy stories of kids helping kids from across the globe and learn more about child-focused resources that truly make a difference.
Celina is 15 years old and lives in a poor area of Cochabamba, Bolivia. For the past two years, she has been taking part in the Jireh project, which provides support to vulnerable children in Bolivia through a partnership with CBM and OBADES (Baptist Social Development Organization). This year, 40 children received food, tutoring and psychological support through the Jireh project.
My name is Celina. I am attending a school near the project. I love sports and going to church. I have an eight-year-old sister. My dad and my mom separated when I was 10 years old. I still remember the day when they told me and my little sister. My mom had to get ahead with what she knew how to do. She sells socks by walking through all the local markets. When there is not much sales, she leaves Cochabamba to the most remote cities to sell at fairs.
We fight every day to survive. My mom gets up early to go out to sell in the city. I wake up early to help my sister to get ready, so she can go to the project. My mom is the one who suffers a lot. She gets up early. When she travels to sell, I am very afraid that something will happen to her.
My dad helps us with very little. He does not earn much. He does temporary work in masonry, plumbing or anything he can find. But it does not reach much more than paying the rent. My family had many problems and situations because my father consumed a lot of alcohol. He made a lot of mistakes that cost him the marriage with my mom. I do not judge him, but I know what God will one day make him understand the situation and the need we have for the family to be united again. I pray a lot for that.
I want to be a good person with a desire to excel. We learn in the program to be successful people who make a difference in life. I want to be a great athlete and a successful and God-fearing professional. I want to help more children like me who have gone through the same situation.
Good News for Vulnerable Children
On a Sunday afternoon in September, the inviting smell of hot dogs filled the basement of Good News Church in Cambridge, Ont. But when hungry congregants descended to the church hall, the usual hospitality crew was nowhere to be found. Instead, they were met with the smiling faces of Sunday School students – serving up a hot lunch to raise funds for impoverished children around the world.
“We decided to do the hot dog lunch fundraiser for CBM quite spontaneously,” says Rosalind Amorin, the Sunday School teacher at Good News Church. The students, ages eight to 12, came up with the fundraiser idea after receiving lessons from this year’s Kids Care resource, Hunger Bites.
“I used the CBM package that was sent to me to look for some needs around the world,” says Rosalind. “The kids were most interested in children their own age who were facing difficult situations. I felt that I had their attention the whole time as I shared the various stories and showed them on the map where these kids were from.”
Eight-year-old Sophina was eager to participate in the event. “It’s important for other people to have a life like us,” she says.
To promote the cause, Sophina and her classmates rolled up their sleeves and sold as many hot dogs as they could. Although the children did not request a fixed price for the hot dogs, the congregants of Good News Church gave generously – they raised more than $2,400 to help children in need.
“It warmed my heart to see the results and their excitement,” says Rosalind. “I have no doubt they will want to do this again.”