ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Politics and Social Issues»
  • Charities

Children.org - Saving our Poverty Stricken Children

Updated on July 12, 2013
This poor child has no chance without your help!
This poor child has no chance without your help! | Source

Kismet


Wow, talk about Kismet! My dear friend Billybuc has reached out to the Hub Pages community to help whomever we can via our voices. H.O.W. stands for Humanity One World. In reading these words, I now see my original slant doesn’t quite fit. However, we are but a small speck in the mass we call Earth, so I shan’t be selfish.

Anyway, back to Kismet; this little story I’m going to relay puts goose bumps all over my body. Not thirty minutes ago, my doorbell rang. I opened the door to find a pleasant couple making a plea on behalf of the poverty stricken children of the world. As they were explaining the program of sponsoring a child through www.children.org, I had to stop them before the pitch ended and make them aware of my upside down debt to income ratio. As I was speaking, I told them I can’t help financially, but I can spread the word through H.O.W. and include their message. They seemed to be tickled by this and I then knew my destiny with Bill’s plea. Once again, I am compelled to stop what I’m doing and write this important message. (Bill you have already reached all the way across the continent! I hear your voice loud and clear!)

It is very clear to me that God wants me to speak on behalf of the children worldwide and that’s what I intend to do with this hub.


There is Hope if You're Willing to Help.


Children International has been reaching out to children and their families for over seventy five years. Their efforts go beyond seeking sponsorship. You donations can be specific to a child or can be used globally. Children International does more than feed and clothe those who are sponsored. They dig and build wells to provide water. They teach the children how to grow and nurture food crops in order to nurture themselves. They provide schooling, even scholarships in order to promote success through education. Eighty three percent of donations received goes towards the programs they have in place to help the deprived children of the world, America included, a better life. That’s a percentage I am more than comfortable supporting!

Sponsored children, in over eleven countries, receive regular health and dental care, clothing; they learn hygiene, nutrition and even skills so they can become self-sufficient. Contributions help rebuild communities, offering a better place to live. The families homes are repaired, clean water provided, bedding, dishes; whatever is needed to improve the basic needs of life.

The poverty level world-wide is astounding. As of 2005, over half the world lives on $2.50 per day. Imagine what those statistics are today! 80% lived on $10 per day in 2005. That includes food, housing, clothing, education, healthcare; everything we take for granted. As of 2011, in America alone, 42.6 million people live in poverty. Of that, 16.1 million are children under the age of 18. We’re talking millions folks! That is not only astonishing, but shameful.


Will You Help Save the Children?

Love Our Children of the World


Most of us reading this have the luxury of a roof over our heads, food in the fridge, a pet or three to feed and a computer by which to communicate. Not all the world is so fortunate. Many of our poverty-stricken children became so through unfortunate circumstances, while others had no choice. They were born into bad situations. No child deserves to come into this life with no choices. Every child needs the opportunity to have dreams and see them as plausible dreams – not pipe dreams! Where will tomorrow’s world be without today’s children?


God has deemed me His messenger today. Won’t you please hear our word and do what you can for our children?


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      We have everything we need to erase poverty from the planet. Now we need to do it. The video brings tears to my eyes... no child should be denied.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      SilverGenes, you have a heart of gold. I so agree with you!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kismet indeed my friend, and you delivered the message beautifully! Like Silver (Alex) I am blown away by the fact that we can erase hunger tomorrow if we decide to do it. The fact that we have not done so as of yet is truly tragic.

      Thank you for being a part of this movement; it means a great deal to me to see you respond so quickly, but this isn't about me or you...it is about "us."

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, unfortunately we take life for granted and don't have the suffering of others foremost in our minds. Today opportunity literally knocked on my door, the day after you posted your plea. God works in mysterious ways, but He works through those who listen and spread the word. Look what you have started, my friend! God is listening and He's knocking on doors of those who believe!

      Thank you for jerking a knot in our tails. We will wag until we run out of steam, then our children will carry on for us!

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      The first picture just rips your heart out! Lovely thoughts and powerful message on this problem. I hate that children have to suffer from hunger and lack of love. Praying we will some day see an end to it all.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Another excellent hub on HOW.. it is so sad because it is so true. It is amazing these people knock on your door at the same time bill is putting in a plea for people to write and help . I love this hub.

      Debbie

    • btrbell profile image

      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful....words and sentiments. There is so much we can do, even if we can't do it monetarily, we can still help! Children everywhere are very lucky to have you speaking on their behalf. Thank you for sharing this powerful hub, photos and video! Up+ and linking to mine!

    • CloudExplorer profile image

      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      My only fear I've always had, and I'm being honest is that in giving to a charity I have no idea how those funds are being distributed or allocated. I so wish I could be there to see it all unfold, and or be given a real life conformation as to the current status of the children who are indeed being given help worldwide. Maybe like a real time day to day video connection with such helpless children that these charities are said to be helping.

      Since I'm very poorly myself, and have been for quite some time, like you stated here in terms of yourself, its pretty tough to think of trying to give anything monetarily when you don't have it to give.

      So I have started my own writing campaigns to help change the world as well a while back, and even enhanced it when me and Billybuc had first become digital friends on HP.

      I do it on many differing levels here as a hubpages author, and so I know I'm already doing my part, I also began a movement on Youtube as I told another fellow hubber recently and so I love Bill's concept but I'm loaded with so many of my own projects that I will support this effort of his alone by reading and sharing all the articles I can locate that come from it all.

      That will be my part I shall surely do to contribute, I wish I didn't have so many loads of responsibilities already, but my work load capacity is overloaded, but if not he knows I would join forces with him as well, as I've done in the past on a differing subject, and dealing with global injustices as a whole.

      Awesome message here to help others gain awareness worldwide, and I hope the word gets out, thumbs up and getting shared just as the wind moves ships that set sail on a long term voyage into the vast open seas.

    • Made profile image

      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Very good hub that makes me want to help poor children right away. We can all do something.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Teaches, it is indeed heartbreaking. Chidren are so innocent and have no choice how or to whom they are brought into this world!

      Deborah, the knock on my door was a sign. I'm sure of it. I'm glad to do my part even if it's only to spread the word.

      brt, awesome! The more we link the more likely the message will make its way around the world. Thank you!

      Mike, I too question where the money goes for these charities. Children.org actually has their financial statement available for view on their website. There's also a site (I can't remember the link) that offers financial statements for all the well-known charities. In fact, I stopped donating to Susan G. Koman because very little goes towards breast cancer research or to help those afflicted. The fact that you are sharing theses hubs is a huge contribution.

      Made, you are so right. We can all do something. No effort is too small.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The first time i saw a picture of a starving child made me cry. I immediately started to sponsor a child. I now give a yearly donation to The Clinton Foundation and he matches your gift, in other words, if one gives $ 30.00, his foundation gives the same amount. I thought this was a wonderful way to give. Thank you for a beautiful hub..

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Always, send me the link and I'll add it to this hub. As long as dollar for dollar goes towards the foundation, I'm all for it!

    • marcoujor profile image

      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sha,

      I love how you write as though you have been called...I surely believe you have.

      As ever we are on the same wavelength with our Michael Jackson selections. Yours is perfect for this piece.

      Voted UP and UABI. You are such a cool chick. Love, Maria

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, I absolutely was called when the couple knocked on my door, days after Bill had knocked on my heart. God came to me. It's called Kismet in human terms. I accepted it, was adorned by our God and took the challenge to heart right then and there. I recognized my role. I certainly didn't want to be knocked in the face and suffer a bruise! When God knocks, I only need to hear Him once! I learned the hard way. I believe!

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Shauna - The couple at the door at this particular time DID give me goose bumps. While that was happening to you, I was cleaning up the living room. I had just added the latest newspaper (that I didn't have time to read) and on the front page is a story about a little boy who was found alone in his home, obviously starving and dehydrated. His parents thought it would be just fine to go on a cruise leaving him alone. I had read Billy's article earlier in the day but hadn't found a chance to write my own.

      I immediately came into the den, wrote a letter to our newspaper and published a hub. I think there is a higher power working with all of us.

      I thank you for this powerful hub.

      Blessings, love and fireflies your way. XO

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Beckie, God is working through all of us. It was a blessing for Bill to reach out to the community in this effort.

      The parents of that poor little boy do not deserve the honor of being called Mommy and Daddy!

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Shauna your message come shining through. Thanks for the information as children are the future of the world. It breaks my heart to see pics of starving children. Passing this on.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Rasma, I agree. If we don't help our children today, there may not be a tomorrow - for any of us! Thanx for sharing.

    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a great hub. I can share it on facebook, put it on my likes site. I just need to find a picture of it. I will try to do that.

    • healthylife2 profile image

      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Another great article promoting H.O.W. It's always so difficult for me to see or face the fact that children live in poverty but it is the reality and people have to face it so they can make a change. You did a great job showing this reality. So many organizations are not receiving funds because of the economy leading to more suffering. I plan on donating to the food pantry weekly because now many families rely on it just to eat. It's so sad but creating awareness can lead to change.

    • profile image

      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      Beautiful Hub! Voted Up and Shared

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Michele, what picture are you looking for?

      Healthylife2, what an awesome contribution you are making. Right here at home, too. Kudos to you!

      Justsilvie, thanx for sharing. That's how to spread the word!

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      ElSeductor, I know sometimes the question comes up, especially in situations like this, but I truly believe God exists. He brought a couple to my doorstep on the very day I was wondering which avenue to take in this crusade. He has helped me many times. You have to believe in Him in order to hear Him.

    • fpherj48 profile image

      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      brave....your choice of Michael's song is perfect. I almost cannot look at such heartwrenching photos, but this is what we all MUST do. LOOK.....and open our eyes. The next immediate response, is to open our hearts. You have written a beautiful and very vital piece here, Sha.....it is clear the you have a loving and caring heart......UP+++

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Paula, if words or pictures render tears, then that is a message to do something! We, who have compassion can cry all we want, but we will never feel the devastation or hopelessness of those who need our help.

      If you cry, please pledge a penny per tear of your time or paycheck to bring a genuine smile to a child's face! This is a plea to the innocent victims of the world. Please help them have a future!

    • HoneyBB profile image

      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      Wow...that's sounds like an awesome organization and one that is much appreciated from those of us who want to see justice and equality and healthy living for all. Voted +++ Thanks for sharing.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Welcome, HoneyBB! There's so much to done, but we have the resources and the ability. One by one, collectively we can reach out and touch someone's life.

    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I found the picture of the website. Shared it on my facebook page. That was what I was asking for.

      Thank you very much.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Ah. I'm glad you found it and thanx for sharing on your FB page, Michele!

    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      You are very welcome. And thanks to all of you for starting this!

    • Lord De Cross profile image

      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Your hub is inspired by the one above, so he is giving us the tools and today more than ever, we have this mean of communication Brave. The message has been sent, and we should work one person at a time. Gladly posted this hub on the site we built for us. Thanks for taking your time and come up with this wonderful hub!

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      That's the way I see it, Joseph. God sent that couple to my door the day after Bill sent out his plea!

    • angel115707 profile image

      Angel Ward 4 years ago from Galveston, TX

      Thanks for getting the word out, one I've always supported was World Vision, they are huge and help out in so many ways, so few people understand the statistics and that the lower income Americans are rich compared to 2/3's of the world's population!

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Angel, thank you so much for your comment and fan mail. I will check you out for sure!

    • Louisa Rogers profile image

      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Loved your kismet (great word, by the way) story. I'm sure there are many ways to solve the issue of poverty, all valid. The one I believe in the most is the education of girls, because throughout the world, the research I've read shows that when education of girls increases, poverty is reduced and living standards go up. Thanks for a great contribution to the conversation.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting information, Louisa. Is it because women are multi-tasker, I wonder?

    • Louisa Rogers profile image

      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      No, I think it's because women are stable and when they have more resources, they invest in their families.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      That makes sense. So why haven't we had a woman president yet? :-)

    • profile image

      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi bravewarrior

      God bless you for sharing. No child deserves to come into this life with no choices.

      I am bookmarking this one. I am not in the position at this time to help financially but I will share.

      Take care :)

    • Curiad profile image

      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Beautiful writing about a very tragic and sad reality. You were called by God to write this, just as Bill was to start the HOW Movement. I applaud you for hearing and following God's will.

      Mark

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub Shauna even though it was also tragic. This is what we all need to do in order to make ourselves heard. I will be researching a little from now on about things that are upsetting to read but read we must if we are going to get anyone to listen.I vote this one up,across and share. Thanks again Shauna.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Sueswan, I wasn't able to donate either, but I said I'd do my share by spreading the word. Thank you for doing the same!

      Martin, that's the way I see it, too. One of our fellow hubbers has actually adopted a child from this organization after I recommended them in response to another hub. Awesome!

      Eddy thank you for sharing and caring. You have a huge heart!

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      My apologies, Mark for calling you Martin! I think my brain may be on overload!! Nevertheless, shame on me!

    • braydonmoore profile image

      Braydon Moore 4 years ago from Canada

      Many many thanks for sharing this wonderful story because i want to help poor people and mostly children . They have no fault .

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Braydonmoore, I'm glad you found this helpful and so are the children!

    • unknown spy profile image

      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      so sad..there are so many kids here in my place too suffer poverty and starvation. sad reality though.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, it is sad, Spy. These poor kids have no choice; that is what is so heartbreaking!

    • Oppeakra profile image

      Oppeakra 4 years ago from Min, USA

      This is very sad. To many people in the world suffer.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Oppeakra, thank you for reading. It is very sad how lopsided our world has become.

    • Oppeakra profile image

      Oppeakra 4 years ago from Min, USA

      agreed

    • sgbrown profile image

      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      It upsets me to see people with more money than brains, or compassion. I hate to watch the TV game shows where they give away thousands of dollars that could be used to help the starving children of this world. I have seen the picture at the beginning of your hub somewhere before. As I go to bed at night, I pray to God to please, feed the children in our world and this picture flashes in my mind. It is a heart breaking picture and I know there are so many children in the same shape. I will check out the Childrens International Organization. There are so many that aren't legitimate. So many of them so little money goes to the children, it's hard to find a good organization. Your hub is heart breaking and wonderful. Voting up, awesome and sharing. Bless you! :)

    • sunkentreasure profile image

      BERNARD LEVINE 4 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      A BEAUTIFUL GIFT FOR GOD By BERNARD LEVINE

      When you sacrifice something

      to give to the needy

      When you teach a child how to pray

      When you go out of your way

      to help a stranger

      It's a beautiful gift for God.

      When you speak God's Words

      and bring light on the world

      When you heal the heart of the suffering

      When you show kindness to those hurting

      How wonderful and precious that moment is.

      When you bring hope into someone's life

      When you bless the poor with your love

      When you make God your number 1

      You bring joy into heaven.

      © Bernard Levine

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Sheila, when the representatives stopped at my door I asked them if they had business cards. They responded that they do not have cards made up because that would take money from the kids they support. That impressed me. I'm glad this piece is reaching out. Hopefully, it'll help to make a difference.

      Sunkentreasure, are you Bernard Levine? This is the second poem of his you've posted in comment to my hubs. It is a nice poem.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      https://www.google.com/#output=search&sclient=... I am sorry i am so late with the Clinton Foundation link. I just now read your request for the link. Your story still moves me to tears......

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx, Ruby. I'll add it now.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      An extremely touching Hub. My gratitude for your kind and loving spirit. May the Supreme Master bless and guide your heart. Peace.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for your kind wishes, Manatita. We could all use blessings from the Supreme Master!

    • Nadine May profile image

      Nadine May 10 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for this lovely post. Yes this reality is often pure hell for many incoming souls.

    • bravewarrior profile image
      Author

      Shauna L Bowling 10 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for giving this post some love, Nadine. It's so sad that so many children have to suffer.

    Click to Rate This Article