Today, in the NYC area anyway, it is the first day of school for everyone left hanging on to summer. As of this morning all our kiddies will be accounted for, in some manner of classroom, hopefully learning.
We have a lot to complain about with our public school system but the bottom line is that most of our kids are getting decent education for many of us, it’s mostly free. It is a great privilege that we have the luxury to complain about our education because it means that nearly all of us have access to it.
That is not the case in other parts of the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, even the public schools come with hefty fees, such as uniforms, books, food, shoes, extra teacher payments, etc. Families are forced to cover up to 30% of primary education expenses which means many of the parents in that area can’t send their children to school.
I don’t have to go on and one here. Nearly everyone I know understands and agrees about the importance of education, especially when we’re talking about rising up out of poverty. Access to education is of utmost importance so don’t you want to know how you can help people gain access to something we take so for granted all we do is complain about it?
Opportunity International is creating funds for its education finance initiative, which will help send children to school. You could help send a child to school for just $1 a day. It only takes a $240 donation to send a child to school for an entire year.
And because of the contributions of two generous donors, all donations to Invest in One Child will be matched dollar for dollar up to $35,000.
I know that I spent more than $240 just buying my kids’ shoes for this school year. Imagine that money financing an entire education for a girl or boy in Africa. I know (see shoe reference) how expensive back-to-school season is. I’m sure many of you are not thinking of donations at this time of year. But I ask that you keep the Opportunity International Invest in One Child on your supply list.
Wouldn’t it be great to not only send your kids back to school, but also a child who may never get there without your generosity? Talk about changing the world.
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Jennifer James says
Such a great post! Thank you.