Guest Post by: Martin West, for: islamichelp.org.uk
Generosity and compassion are honourable traits that we should all endeavour towards in life. Our faith can help us to become better people and encourage us to treat others well, especially when it comes to supporting those in need through charity. Kind and generous donations offer a beacon of light in the darkness for vulnerable people, inspiring both hope and a deep-rooted sense of gratitude in the spirits of these people.
There are many ways in which you can donate to charity, with people choosing increasingly creative and innovative ways to show their support, raise awareness and promote the causes that matter most to them. Of course, monetary donations and volunteering even just a little of your precious time are great ways to show your support, but have you ever thought about alternative ways to do some good in the world?
The simple act of sponsoring a child is the perfect way to make a real difference in the life of a vulnerable young person in need. Across the world, it is estimated that there are at least 150 million orphaned children – a staggering figure that really takes your breath away when you begin to understand the true scale and magnitude of the issue.
Of course, there are many varied reasons why children can become orphaned, with certain reasons more prevalent in particular areas. From conflict and displacement to famine, drought and disease, some of the worst affected areas are the ones which are less able to help themselves and fight back.
It is for this reason that we, on behalf of these people, must come together and do our bit to support the young people of today that will influence the future of tomorrow.
Do Your Bit
There are many different ways in which you can commit to helping vulnerable young people across the world. In our own communities, there is a strong support network in place to help children and young people in need, but in many parts of the world, these children are often left to fend for themselves. Without a loving family and caring adults around them, these young people can find themselves lacking not just basic human interaction, but also other vital necessities such as access to food, water and shelter, as well as their right to education and healthcare.
In order to try and combat the issue and work to create a brighter future for these disadvantaged children, many charities are now running specialist child sponsorship schemes to direct vital aid to the most vulnerable young people. Whether it is close to home, in our own communities or further afield in countries across the world, no child deserves to grow up without a caring family to look after them.
Make a Difference
If you are interested in showing your support, you can sponsor a child and help to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people throughout the world.
The funds that are raised by charities go directly towards improving the safety, security, living standards and quality of life for the worst-affected children. From vulnerable refugees to children orphaned due to natural causes, these young people can start to rebuild their lives and look towards a better future thanks to the selfless, generous support of strangers who live halfway across the world.
It is this compassion and empathy that will help to make a real difference, setting the standard and promoting a new world where we can all help to make significant changes to vulnerable children’s lives. After all, when we all commit to doing our bit and working together, there is little that we can’t achieve.