A Deed a Day: #3 Sponsor a Child Through Plan

You know when you get approached by charities on the street, and you either breeze past them with a sorry-I’m-too-busy smile, or you agree to chat and then ask them to call you later? But you’re not sure if you have any intention of actually contributing to this charity?

About six weeks ago I was stopped on the street by a representative of Plan Canada. On impulse, I asked her to contact me about their child-sponsorship program – and then proceeded to dodge their calls for several weeks as they always rang at the most incredibly inopportune moments. (Think 3:00 am in Australia)

Today the timing was also off – I happened to be in the toilet, but managed to answer my phone anyway.

After a brief chat, I agreed to sponsor a child with a monthly donation of $37.00. I asked to sponsor a little girl in Bolivia, as that country holds a special place in my heart, and I have seen first-hand the grinding poverty that many in that amazing nation endure. The child will be about the same age as my son.

Looking at it from that perspective, it’s so hard to imagine this other child half a world away with the same 5-year-old dreams and wishes as my child, but who struggles every day just to find something to eat.

This was pretty spontaneous for me, I would normally do a lot of research into it – is this the best program, best use of money, etc. But I’ve realized you can spend a lot of time and energy over-thinking things.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child too – here’s the link:


$37.00 goes to food, clean water, health care and education. That money would normally be squandered on snacks, coffees, parking fees and impulse buys. I’m sure I won’t miss it.

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