I really love it, when a child is sponsored through our Help One Now program. I’ve come to learn just how important child sponsorships are to helping communities become stable. You always hear key words used to describe poverty alleviation, words like development, sustainability and “lift themselves out-of-poverty,” which is all fine and dandy, and of course important.

But, we have to think in terms of layers, foundation and energy if we’re really going to empower communities to “lift themselves out-of-poverty.”

Our processes are simple: we find a leader that is already doing the work on behalf of the orphan, and we assist that leader and his or her community through aid.

For example: Our leader in Zimbabwe cares for over 100 kids each day. Plus he serves as a pastor, husband, father and community leader. Yet, he spends a large portion of his time simply trying to care for these 100 kids. He does not do this alone, of course there are others.

When you live in a country like Zimbabwe, the simple things are so hard: like food, water, clothing, and medical care. This can be a daily challenge. And this can keep good people, like John, busy all the time!

So, what if every kid was sponsored in John’s village? That would give John a monthly budget to care for those kids. And that would also give John more time and energy to focus on long-term development issues that his community needs.

But, above all that, when these kids are sponsored, it also gives John and his community hope, as they know that folks across the world are partnering with them to love and serve the orphans of Zimbabwe.

This is why aid is important, and we must not skip this vital step as we fight to alleviate extreme poverty!

$35 a month truly does make a huge impact on multiple layers. Help us help Zimbabwe, Pastor John and his community. Sponsor a child today!

You can spoonsor Daniel, or one of Daniel’s friends at  www.helponenow.com

danielDaniel has been living at Musha Wevana since he was a baby. His mother died in childbirth and his father was unable to care for him. Daniel’s favorite subject in school is math, and he loves to play soccer in the afternoons with his friends. Daniel’s first language is Shona, and he is learning English at school. Every Sunday, he goes to church with the mothers and the rest of the children from the home.