When Paul and I were single, we each were supporting Compassion International children. He was sponsoring a young boy named Jesus from Ecuador and I was sponsoring a young girl named Paulina from Tanzania. When we married, we continued sponsoring both children and got to share our news with them. It’s been fun to tell them about our expanding family and send pictures as well. We’ve been able to see both kids grow from preschool aged children to now just a few years from graduating from the program – they are SO BIG!
- Worldwide, nearly 80 percent of primary-school-age children attend school. In least developed countries, this figure is around 66 percent.
- The largest out-of-school population is in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 45.5 million children of primary school age are out of school.
- Of the 67 million primary-school-age children who do not attend school, 53 percent are girls.
- Worldwide, only 49 percent of children of secondary school age actually attend secondary school.
- Of the 49 percent of secondary age students who do not attend school, 52 percent are girls.
- The world’s functional illiterates include more than 130 million children who do not attend school, 73 million of them girls.The world’s functional illiterates include more than 130 million children who do not attend school, 73 million of them girls.
Sources: www.crin.org, www.unicef.org, www.childinfo.org
Would you consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International and meet his/her needs for basic living resources, spiritual formation and education? It’s so rewarding to get to see them grow up, doing well in school and knowing Jesus – all because they were sponsored and had Christian influence in their lives when Christians live out their faith, serving them and meeting their needs. It’s amazing what faith in action can do!