Invest in One Child
My kids went back to school last week, and many kids around the world have too, or will be soon. Here in the States, we are privileged to have free public education — but it’s not the same in other countries. Many children aren’t able to attend school because their families can’t afford to send them. It’s estimated that 130 million children around the world are not in school — and 70% of those kids are girls. However, a girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult, according to the World Bank, and UNICEF has found that educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school. Education is definitely one key to overcoming poverty.
If you’re looking to give back to the world in some way, consider donating funds to Opportunity International’s Invest in One Child. Opportunity International has education programs in Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Dominican Republic and Rwanda to help kids attend school and to promote building school in rural communities.
Just $1 will send a child to school for a day; $240 covers a whole year of school for one student. A current campaign is offering to match donations dollar for dollar up to $35,000, so this is an excellent time to give.
Helping children in far-away countries might not be on the typical back-to-school preparation list, but this would be an excellent cultural learning opportunity for Western kids and their families, as they learn how other kids do — or don’t — go to school like them.
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