Leo Rosten once said “the purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make a difference that you lived at all” while Alan Loy McGinnis, a Christian psychotherapist said “there is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being – to help someone succeed.” Both sayings come to emphasise the importance of a life of service to others, especially to the less privileged.
A long-lasting impact one can express this life of service is by envisioning a brighter future of a nation through investing in a child’s education, especially orphans and vulnerable children either through personally educating them or assisting in their education.
Education is very important to the development of a nation and particularly to the emancipation of a human being. In an ideal world, it would be better for every citizen to be educated so that s/he is in possession of the “most powerful weapon which s/he can use to change the world” as Nelson Mandela sees it. However in the real world, some people lack resources that would permit them access education though they would very much want to get it. These are the orphans and other vulnerable children. These children have either lost both parents, or have lost a father but the mother is not able to support the child, or they have both parents but the parents are incapable of taking care of the children either because the parents are very old, mentally challenged, or the children were rejected by the parents. Though the children are in this situation, they are not less human than the others, in fact they need to love and be loved just like others, they yearn for a shoulder to lean on, and they want someone to make them laugh.
It is a noble cause to support these children go through education and see a light at the end of the tunnel. They may seem small and unimportant now but if we believe and support them today, they will grow to be life changers and influence the world for the better. Just like a baobab seed, it is very small and may seem worthless. However, if the seed is grown and it is subjected to a conducive environment, it grows to be a gigantic and confident tree than many other trees.
Goodness and Mercy Missions, Orphan Sponsorship Program through your kind support would like to change a child’s life for the better through making educational facilities easily accessible to these children. There are so many of these children, innocent as they are, stretching their hands towards your generous heart with all hope that you will put a smile on their lips and brighten their faces.
Hope differed makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Who knows we might be a solution to the longings of these orphans and vulnerable children. There’s nothing like too little or too much in giving as once said by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow- “No man is so poor as to have nothing worth giving. Give what you have. To someone it may be better than you dare to think.”