Did you know that girls in impoverished countries are less likely to receive adequate medical care or food, compared to boys? Here are some grim statistics I recently received from World Vision:
- Seven out of ten of the world's hungry are women.
- Nearly half of all girls born in the 50 least developed countries will never attend school, sentencing them to a life of poverty and disease.
- Due to poverty, illiteracy, and the denial of decision-making power, women are becoming infected with HIV faster than men in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
- Every six seconds a girl under five dies of preventable causes.
- Of the 800 million who lack basic work skills to rise out of poverty, two-thirds are female.
Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Another little girl has died. It's almost overwhelming to comprehend.
I sponsor a little girl through World Vision. They are looking for more sponsors for little girls. I'm sure Compassion International is, too. I also support Shared Hope International to rescue female victims of sex trafficking (a result of poverty as well as sin) and Covenant Mercies for AIDS orphans (you can sponsor a child through Covenant Mercies, too). None of these agencies will meet their budgets on my modest donations. But I'd like to use the platform the Lord has given me through this blog to encourage you all to give, too. Out of the thousands who visit each week, perhaps we could add sponsors for several hundred more girls around the world? What a joy that would be!
I'd like to make a special plea to the single women reading this blog who want children. There are little girls around the world who could benefit from your nurturing side right now. If you are not doing so already, may I encourage you to sow what God has given you into the life of a little girl in an impoverished nation? If you decide to do so, please send in a comment. I'm opening the comments for this post.
(The photo above is of Angela. She is two years old and lives in El Salvador. She is also looking for a sponsor.).
UPDATE: On Saturday, I received a quick note from Tom Emmons at Compassion. He wrote: "Thank you for your post about girls and poverty. Also, thank you for your link to Compassion’s web site. Your article and link to our site has already resulted in activity on our site and at least one newly sponsored child!" That's wonderful! I am praying for many more sponsors. In fact, I asked the Lord for a specific number--a big number--of new sponsors. So please do let me know if you decide to sponsor a child from any of these organizations. I would truly rejoice to hear from you!