Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Do you know that for P15 a day, you can already help an underprivileged Filipino child and his family?

Fact: There are so many poor Filipino children who want to go to school but can't. Majority of them are forced into child labor to augment their family's income. Still, what they earn is not enough to live on.

Right now, there are 6,000 Filipino children who need your compassion. They come from the poorest of the poor barangays all over the country. Would you kindly spare them your help?

Be part of World Vision Philippines' sponsorship program. Focusing on the child’s needs and partnering with the community, World Vision helps Filipinos find permanent solutions to poverty, through child sponsorship.

Child sponsorship works when a person pledges to give a monthly donation of P450 (or only P15 a day) to a child. The monthly sponsorship is used to ensure that his/her sponsored child will get formal education, value formation, safe drinking water and sufficient health services. Moreover, the community in which the family lives will be provided with livelihood projects.

Last year, SM Supermalls and Glorietta in Ayala Center gave WV free-rent space for one month each to hold the mall campaign child sponsorship project dubbed “Gift of Hope”. From the two-month campaign, they were able to invite and encourage 1,200 mallers to become child sponsors. At the moment 88,411 children are already under World Vision's care, but 6,000 more are still waiting to be sponsored.

As the school year comes to an end this March, the start of another in June is fast approaching. The 1,200 kids who were sponsored from the last campaign will now go to school. But there are still 6,000 waitlisted children, a number of which have already been waiting for several years now. It is really heartbreaking to think that some of these kids are getting older and older every year while waiting for that chance to get a sponsor.

Kindly visit the Gift of Hope Booths in these locations:

Robinson's Galleria (at the back of the fountain near the elevators) -- until March 31, 2004

The Enterprise Center in Makati -- bridal/debut/bar mitzvah fair -- March 25 and 26

Shangrila Plaza -- April 1-30

SM Megamall and SM City -- starting May 1

Thank you so much!

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