Archive for May, 2010

Raiding the Piggy Bank for African Children

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I first met Mary’s children Sophia and Jacob when they were 5 & 6 years old. They wanted to help some of the people I met in Africa and raided their piggy banks. Here is what Mary and her kids have to say about giving:

I lived in Africa for 3 years before I got married and had children. When Jacob and Sophia started receiving allowance I felt very strongly that I wanted them to learn about giving a portion of their money to help others. We decided to help support Karen’s work with orphans of AIDS in Rwanda. One afternoon we covered a container with paper mache. We called it our “Africa” box. They already knew a lot about Africa because of my stories. Each week when they got their allowance of $5.00, they put $1.00 in the box. When Karen let us know she was getting ready to make a trip to Rwanda, Jacob and Sophia would open up their box and give the money they had saved to Karen. The thing I liked about giving their money to Karen was the direct connection. She would tell them what she was going to spend it on and when she came back she would let them now what the children’s reaction was to the gift bought with their money. Sometimes she even had a photograph! I’m sure Karen had much larger donations, however, she honored Jacob and Sophia’s donation like it was a million dollars! This good feeling they experienced from donating to Karen’s work has helped Jacob and Sophia to continue to enjoy the gift of giving. — Mary, mother of Sophia and Jacob

Now let’s hear from Sophia and Jacob:

“When I would save a couple of dollars a week in my little box it made me feel good because I knew it was going to people who needed it. We would give it to Karen and she would give it to the children she knew in Africa”. – Sophia, age 11

“Every week I would put $2.00 of my allowance in the “Africa“ box. When Karen would go to Africa my sister and I would take the money out and give it to her. When she came back she would tell us what she had had done with it. Sometimes she would show us pictures of the children we had helped. I felt proud and happy that I made a difference. – Jacob, age 12