Thursday, April 21, 2011

Little Hands, Deep Pockets, Big Hearts

“Pennies make dollars!”

The saying sticks in my head, even though it has been at least twenty years since I stood in the little candy store in my hometown.  The woman behind the counter, who would patiently count out Swedish Fish and Tootsie Rolls, was notorious for telling us, “Pennies make dollars!”

So, as I read the blog written by my friend JD which opened my eyes to the plight of children being held as slaves on Lake Volta in Ghana, the saying popped into my head once again.

While, I initially was thinking about scrounging change around our home, the idea came to me to see if our homeschooling community would like to pitch in.

Last week, during the Social Studies class I lead for our homeschool co-op, I explained the situation in Ghana to the children.  They listened intently and asked questions.  Some of the children thought that slavery was a thing of the past and were surprised to hear that it is also a present-day problem. I told the children about Mr. George Achibra and how he is working so hard to rescue children from their long days of being forced to fish and bail out old boats. When I asked the children if any of them would be interested in collecting spare change to help this cause, they were all very enthusiastic.

Throughout the week, my own daughters were vigilant in looking for change on top of the dryer, under car seats and underneath the couch.


On Tuesday, we brought the jar to our co-op and it was so sweet to see the children proudly plunk their fistfuls of change into the collection.

I was so touched to hear from the children who excitedly told me where they were able to find change.  Many of the children went right to their own piggy banks to get more change and some even took dollars from their wallets to help.

HPIM3871 And, pennies sure did make dollars!  So far, a little over $40 has been collected for the Village of Life School!

I thought this was so sweet.


Mr. Achibra,

I love that you are trying to help the kids.

Love, Maggie”

We will continue to collect change through April and then we’ll send it on to help fund the building of the new school.

Maybe you could start a change for Change drive and pitch in too! Your pennies will add up and help the children of Lake Volta!



s_beth2009 said...

What a blessing!

Amy D said...

A great way to get others involved! And kids too!

Jessica said...

So sweet.

Jill Foley said...

Great idea! It's so neat to see children giving cheerfully.

JD said...

A child's heart is so beautiful and without limits -- I LOVE to see children making a difference for other children. It's so easy to see why Jesus loved to be surrounded by hearts so pure.

What a huge celebration!!! I LOVE that perspective that "Pennies Make Dollars" -- so true... and change creates change -- they've helped change the situation for these children in Ghana... such a priceless gift.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for leading them by example and helping them put Compassion into action.

Judy said...


Debra said...

Love the heart of children! My son is loving collecting change for The Village of Life school as well :) Thank you so much for pouring your heart and those hearts you are mentoring into this cause.

Anna said...

What a great idea to get the children involved in such a wonderful cause. I love your paintings!!! Great idea having the pictures of your sponsor children on the side!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

What a blessing, indeed! It is so amazing to see how these children are eager to reach out and help!

Sherry said...

Dear Michelle, I believe the Lord brought me to your page. The work that you do is amazing. You have the heart of an angel. I would love to learn more about what you do, and would like to help out. I try to give as much as possible to good, reliable charities. I know you must be Blessed, a hundred fold for your work. Blessings come in many forms. Please get in touch with me and let me know what I can do to help you. Any small gift, I believe is always multiplied with love. My E-mail address is May you and yours have a Blessed Ressurrection Day.. Peace

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