Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Family Affair-Part 3

This week, posts at Blogging from the Boonies have been focused on ways that your children can be involved in sponsorship through Compassion International. So far, we have covered letter writing and culture study.

Today’s topic is going to touch on an activity that has sparked a lot of excitement in my own daughters. While today’s post will go a bit broader than speaking specifically to sponsorship, I think it is something worth sharing!

Fund Raising!

We have been a part of several fund raising efforts, just within our family and also as part of a larger group effort, and I have always been so amazed to see how eager and willing children are to take part!

Our daughters have raided their piggy banks to pitch in when we have sent Financial Gifts to some of our sponsored children. Their offerings have been small in sum but have been given with such cheer and love that I know the Lord has blessed and multiplied what they have shared. (When you send a child a Financial Gift through Compassion International, 100% of those funds go to the child or family to buy needed items. Read more about giving gifts like this here.)

I’ve also heard many stories about families working together to have yard sales, ridding their homes of the “extra” and sending those funds to their Compassion children.

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Compassion International has several Complementary Interventions that lend themselves easily to fundraising efforts.

In 2010, our oldest daughter was given a homeschooling assignment to write a persuasive essay. That assignment evolved into a project where she created a video presentation for Bite Back (Compassion’s Malaria Intervention) and raised $70 thanks to friends and family. You can click the link to go to the Bite Back page. They even have little kits available for anyone wanting to do a fundraiser!

Bite Back

 

Together with our local homeschool group, we had a Walk For Water fundraiser last summer where we raised funds for Compassion’s Water of Life campaign.

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As you can read in this blog post our actual “walk” for water did not go as planned, but the Lord blessed the efforts of these sweet children and over $1,400 was raised by the group! Amazing!

We’ve also participated on Compassion International’s One Meal One Day fundraiser. These funds go towards Compassion’s Supplemental Food Intervention.

This year’s involvement on One Meal One Day was really eye opening and challenging for our 11 year old Kaya, who went above and beyond my expectations. Not only did we raise $430, but Kaya really put her heart into the experience and as you can see in this video, it really had an impact on her.

With each of these projects we’ve taken on, we have spent time looking into the issues at hand and it has led to some eye-opening learning opportunities. As a family, we have more awareness about things that affect people around the world. We realize that people really can die from something as small as a mosquito bite. Some people in the world have no access to clean water and many have to spend hours a day walking to and from water sources. We learned that there are people who are so hungry that they resort to eating cakes of dried mud to fill their stomachs. All of these revelations lead to changes in perspective.

Thanks to Compassion’s many Complementary Interventions, there are so many ways to get involved in a family and work to raise funds for a cause that you want to support. I have been blessed to see how opportunities spark excitement and drive in children. The joy and willingness to help make a difference is such a wonderful thing to foster in young ones.

Has your family been involved in any fundraising for your Compassion children or for any of Compassion’s other funds? I would love to hear more!

Tomorrow, I am thrilled to share the story of a remarkable little girl with a BIG mission on her heart.  I know you will not want to miss this, so please stop back tomorrow!