Aug 21 2013

Education, the Great Equalizer

Potential: “Having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future.”  Nothing feels quite as good as someone who encourages you because they see potential in you.  When someone sees potential in you, it inspires, it motivates you to try harder, to dream bigger.  It only takes one person to believe in you to fill your sails with wind.  Dr. Leo Buscaglia wrote, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  

You have that potential!  Your sponsorship of a World Vision child unlocks their potential and turns their life around.  While traveling around Bangkok, over and over again we have seen that not only are you unlocking the potential of a child, but the potential their entire family and the community in which they live.  

Sponsorship is more than just helping them with life’s basic necessities like food and clean drinking water, it’s also helping them get an education.  For these kids, education is the great equalizer, it’s the difference maker, that can unlock dreams and helps them come true.  Nelson Mandela said it this way, “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the World.”

We are certainly seeing that here in Thailand, Parichad is now 19 years old, she was sponsored through World Vision from the age of 6, and it has completely transformed her life.  We had the privilege of meeting her, she was a little shy at first, but when talking about her future, she lit up the room.  Her smile beamed as she shared about her college education.  She is studying to be a teacher, and vows that one day she will return to her neighborhood, so that she can help change the life of other kids, who just like her, find themselves void of hope without the love and encouragement child sponsorship offers.

She shared how much hope her sponsor gave her, although she never knew them, she said, “I always worked hard, so that I would make them proud, just like they were her own parents.”  She hopes and prays that you will help children who desperately need to know that someone cares about them.

Without an education, these children have no hope.  Without an education, they are completely vulnerable, and sadly often times victimized, of the 27 million people trafficked in the World and forced into labor, nearly 10 million of them are in this region of southeast Asia.  

Thanks to World Vision’s work in Bangkok, Parichad’s life and future are now full of hope!   Thank you so much for helping change another child’s life today, by investing $35 a month into a child, you are unlocking their potential. 

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Aug 20 2013

Scott Playing Takraw and the real impact of supporting a child

As we traverse the globe, our first stop has landed us in Bangkok, where, thanks to your votes, has given me the opportunity to meet Bic, a product of child sponsorship. He taught me, or at least tried to, how to play Takraw, a Thai game that is similar to the American game of "hacky-sac." We also got a chance to sit down with his family and learn about how the impact of World Vision's child sponsorships extends beyond just the life of the child. Learn how to sponsor a child and vote on my next adventure