During the span of around 28 years of my work at WorldShare, the sponsor a child programme ChildAid has always been close to my heart. Although my children are grown adults now, as a mother myself I deeply understand the need to nurture value and worth in our children. As I write now, and reflect on these years of work, and then look to our task ahead, the question enters my mind: ‘Have our children ever needed us so much?’

It has been such a pleasure and privilege to administer the ChildAid programme for most of the past 27 years. I have seen many children that have struggled and had a really bad start in life but who have triumphed and moved forward into great things through the support of our Partner Ministries and their individual sponsors.

So, how does it work? Individual supporters are matched up to a child in need and at that point they begin a journey together. Sponsors are given the opportunity to write to the child they support and the chance to develop a relationship. Many of these children really find that these letters, and the knowledge that someone out there is thinking and praying for them, is something that can keep them going.

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“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3

One particular ministry I feel personally passionate about is Potter’s House in Guatemala. The children there live in a community next to the rubbish dump—the poorest, most dangerous place in Guatemala City. The founders of the ministry started this programme by just handing out blankets to the people who lived and scavenged in the dump. They were shocked by the extreme poverty they found and went on to build the programme that exists today, providing spiritual guidance for the families, education for the children and health and nutrition for all. They work through community centres set up to reach out, often helping the children well into adulthood via micro enterprise initiatives.

Another partner close to my heart, JKPS in India, reaches out to children caught up in human trafficking and also the children of sex workers. They run various programmes to help and support these very needy children and families. Through the ChildAid scheme and the extra tutoring programme at Bibirhat, these children are given education that really sets them on a good path. Through Mahima Homes children are cared for that otherwise would be living on the streets. Through the Ashaloy House programme, children of sex workers and their mothers are given support and education to help them out of the desperate situations they find themselves in.

The Duars Rural Development Project (DRDP) in the foothills of the Himalayas work with children of the tea pickers. These families work hard for very little and the children often start work from a very young age. DRDP work with these families by providing education for the children; I see a real power in their work of helping them out of the cycle of poverty they find themselves and giving them a chance for a better future.

Our Partner in Myanmar, Word of Hope orphanage look after orphans mainly from the Shin State, providing a loving home, education and real opportunity for a new life. It is always so encouraging to me to see some of the children that live here go on to study at Word of Hope Bible School or University.

Thoughts on the Future

I wanted to use this blog space to show you a small snapshot of some of the ministries we work with in looking after children. It is rewarding, humbling and inspiring to watch them as they transform lives. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have, or still are, sponsoring children through our ChildAid scheme. You have helped so much!

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“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Each of these ministries are reaching out to the most vulnerable in society. The work is only just beginning and, with nearly 385 million children throughout the world living in extreme poverty, it feels right to be part of WorldShare, part of ChildAid, and great to be a small part of the answer.

Reflecting on all of this, I have come to the conclusion that the children of world need us as much as they ever have. Can you help? If you are willing and able, please contact us today by clicking HERE.

Clare Hill

Clare Hill: Administration & ChildAid Officer

Clare studied secretarial and business studies at college, before joining WorldShare at the age of 18. During her 27 years as part of the Worldshare team, Clare has been involved in most parts of WorldShare, currently working administering the ChildAid programme, and in general finance. She is married with two children, and invests a lot of time in family life. Clare served for 6 years as her local church secretary.

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