Education is the key to fighting poverty. “Educating girls is the single most powerful investment for development. When you educate a girl, you educate a nation,” explains Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Asbjørn Eidhammer.
But cultural expectations and a lack of funds mean that 42 percent of girls in the developing world aren’t at school today. Instead, they are fetching wood and water; they’re herding goats and cleaning the house. Tragically, many of them are married; some are bringing up children of their own.
We need to get girls into schools. Educated women are healthier; less likely to contract HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases. They’re wealthier too; an extra year of education beyond the average boosts a girl’s future income by 20 percent. And the benefits are not just felt by them; they are passed on to the next generation; an extra year at school reduces infant mortality by 10 percent. School changes everything.
Lord, we pray for girls who have never seen the inside of the classroom. We pray you will break into their world and remove the obstacles that lie in their way. Teach them how precious they are. Strengthen and resource educators as they seek to raise all children to reach the potential you gave them
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Sponsor a girl - When you sponsor a girl with Compassion, you partner with their local church to ensure that they will get every opportunity to study, learn about Jesus and reach their God-given potential. As well as this, they will no longer go to bed hungry and they will receive medical care so they can fully focus on their studies at school.
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Compassion is an international child development charity with more than 60 years’ experience working with some of the world’s poorest children. At present more than 1.7 million children attend Compassion’s church-based projects in 26 of the world’s poorest countries.
Compassion connects one child with one sponsor and through that relationship ensures that child no longer goes to bed hungry, that they go to school and receive all the medical care they need. Most importantly, each child is shown that they are known, loved and protected not just by their sponsor and their church but by God.