One in four children in the U.S. lives in poverty, according to a new report. That’s about 18 million children who, despite their young age, already understand how to live without the things we all consider necessary. These things can include anything, from basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing – to common yet critical necessities, such as healthcare, education, and places to play. In other countries, particularly in third world countries, there are less fortunate children who do not have access even to the minimum level of these basic needs.
Just knowing all these things makes you feel sympathetic towards them. You certainly want to help them but you know that handing out a few coins may not be able to help. This is especially true in countries where child trafficking is very common. The money, which is supposed to help them, might just go to syndicates and be used to illegal activities, such as drug trading and illegal gambling. If this is the case then, how you will be able to help them? Here are some great alternatives that you can do:
There are lots of charitable organizations for kids out there, where you can freely join and help. In fact, there are organizations that need volunteers to get things done even without the need to leave your house! Yes, you’ve read that right. This might include something like designing their websites for free, promoting their cause to your personal social media accounts for free, and doing other online projects for them. If you want a more direct approach, then go ahead and find a local charity near your area and share whatever talent or skills you have.
- Share your time.
One of the simplest yet genuine things that you do to help a less fortunate child is to give him your time. You don’t necessarily have to spend your whole day at the streets talking with them, but at least try to spend some time to know someone you see at the streets. Ask their names, their ambitions, their favorite games, their favorite food, etc. And if it’s not too much trouble, you could also treat the children in a near eatery and enjoy your meal together.
- Donate supplies.
If you truly want to help but don’t want to give away money because of the thought that it might just go to someone else’s pocket or benefit, then why not just use the money to purchase something that the kids can definitely use? Go to the nearest bookstore or visit an online school supplies or camping gear shop, like advensport.com, and purchase some books, pens, coloring materials, backpacks, shoes, and other supplies and donate them to your favorite charity.
- Sponsor a child
Child sponsorship is a great way to give children hope and allow them to dream big, and reach for it. So instead of just giving them a few coins, why not just support their education until they’re old enough to work and survive on their own? The cost of sponsoring a child may vary depending on the child’s education level, but you can definitely start for as little as $1 a day. You may also get some help from others, such as your family members, co-workers, and some friends. Just ask them to help you with your mission, and they’ll sure be glad to help.