After returning from a visit to my daughter, son-in-law and their new baby boy, my first grandchild, it was easy to see that he has many opportunities in his future. He’ll begin a form of education soon at a childcare center that focuses on age appropriate instruction. It’s costly, but the opportunities that come with education mean so much. As he grows, his schooling will be a priority too.
When a child is born in Sub-Sahara Africa, he has few opportunities as an infant and as he grows. One of the missing pieces of growing up in Africa is education. Did you know that school isn’t free in that area of the world? Even public schools have costs that so many families can’t afford. And because many families live in rural areas far from cities, there is lack of funding for school construction.
Opportunity International is working to change the education problem in Sub-Sahara Africa and other areas. Their campaign, Invest in One Child, works through a loan system for parents to pay to send their children to school and for schools to be opened, hire teachers and to be run well.
It takes just a one $20 donation to aid Invest in One Child. About $240 donations from Opportunity International is loaned to a family for a school year for one child. $240 is the representative amount families borrow from Opportunity International to pay for a year of school for one child. Even better, “Through the contributions of two generous donors, all donations to Invest in One Child will be matched dollar for dollar up to $35,000. This match encourages others to give likewise but is not contingent on additional gifts being received.”
All children deserve the opportunity of an education. I couldn’t conceive of my daughters and now my new grandson being unable to attend school, especially elementary school. Can you?
As a member of the Global Team of 200, I am honored to share my personal opinion and information about Opportunity International.