Friday, 15 February 2008

A little background

I met J's dad while on a missions trip in Southeast Asia. He became a very good friend to everyone on the team. He was a valuable resource, teaching us very honestly about the culture and laughing at us when we tried to speak the language.

This was 8 years ago (OH, MY!). J is now 6 years old. You don't know her, but you have cared for her. Her parents were concerned that she might not be able to recieve an education that would lead to a decent job after graduation.

The public schools are very overcrowded and even upon graduation most kids cannot get jobs that pay livable wages. The only hope is a private education, though it is out of reach for the 'average Joe.' The expense is just too much for someone in a country where the average monthly wage will not even fill our tanks with gas.

J's dad approached me and asked if there was anyone I might know that would consider sponsoring J for her education. They were not considered for sponsorship by Compassion International because they were not 'destitute' enough, but they really wanted better for their child.

When sponsoring a child through a place like Compassion, your child will only see about 20% of the money you send in. The other 80% will go to administration fees, publicity, etc. Ever since my trip, when I saw the squalour that so many live in, I wanted to somehow give money to someone, knowing that they recieved ALL of the money I was giving. Well, I still have to pay transfer fees, but that is negligable considering how much more is able to be put to good use.

Please consider giving just $20. I told J's dad that Josh and I would not be able to cover as much as we usually do because of our difficulty finding jobs. That is why I wanted to set up this blog. Please share it with anyone else whom you think may be interested.

A note from daddy

Here is the most recent message I have gotten from J's dad.

"J_ is doing great. Though some concerns from her teacher arises. She's becoming more playful on her 3rd quarter. The reason for this is because one of her classmates, also a girl, likes her so much, that she always want to get her attention and play while classis ongoing. So, I personally talk to her and plead with her to concentrate while in class and informing her that there are times for playing. And thank God she understand what I'm saying. And just these weeks, she's back and hoping this will continue.
End of class is coming so fast here. Next week they will have field trip in school. And after that, I believe is their finals. Class will end next month second week. This mean i have to work again to look for a new school for her. She will be Grade 1 next school year. Finally, she will experience the big school. And hopefully, she will be bringing with her the same enthusiasm she has right now."
AW! Kids are just the same, all over the world. :)

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Another Blog

I have set up this blog in order to raise funds for J. For the last few years many of you have given generously to pay for J's education. It is every parent's desire that their children can be given a quality education and watch him or her grow to their full potential.

I am just throwing this all together now to get it out there. It has taken me far to long to do this. I intend to put more info out here for those of you who do not already know about what I am doing. I also hope to give the reigns to J's parents so they can update you on how she is doing.

We need about $600 to pay for a full year of J's private education. That's only 12 people giving $50! Can you believe that?! And 100% of the money will go for her education. No administration fees. The tuition is due in the beginning of March. I also hope to raise a wee bit more because J's parents do not have a computer and have to pay to use one at an internet cafe.

If you are interested in giving, please click on the 'make a donation' button to donate through Paypal. Any tiny little bit helps. When I have enough money I will make a wire transfer. If you have any questions, please ask.