Would you treat somebody to a coffee each week?

by | May 24, 2011

Mary & Jennifer receive gifts from their sponsor

Sponsorship costs no more than a cup of coffee a week!

Many charities would use such a comparison to illustrate just how little it takes to change lives in the third world. It is not a frivalous device but seriously challenges our perspective of the cost of  ‘doing something.’   In Uganda the £2 cost of that coffee each week would send a child like Mary and Jennifer above to school, potentially changing the course of their lives and breaking the cycle of poverty for their children.  The importance of a sponsor in the life of one of these children cannot be over-estimated.  Many are orphaned or come from abusive family situations.  Others may be one of a number of siblings born to parents struggling to put food on the table and pay the rent – no money here for education!  As a sponsor you would have the opportunity to build a relationship with your child through letter writing, photos and school reports.  You may even be able to visit your child.   You would be a very special person to that child, somebody who has demonsrated care for them – it is not uncommon for some children to address their sponsor as ‘Mummy’ or ‘Daddy.’

For the cost of a weekly coffee you can change somebody’ life for good – Starbucks can’t offer anything that comes close!