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We are all in this together, right? Right, that’s what I thought too. That said, we often forget how lucky we are. This is why I decided to sponsor a child in India, with a charity called ActionAid. His name is Suresh, he lives in the Orissa (Odisha) province and he is 7 years old. He sent me a beautiful drawing of what makes him dream and guess what: he drew a pile of potatoes. I was stunned. My 7-year old is emotionally blackmailing me to get more Legos and he is dreaming of potatoes. Go figure. 

Sponsoring a child is, for me, a good sanity check. I tend to worry about my daughters’ school exams or birthday parties when in fact an important part of the planet hasn’t access to tap water. Being reminded of this fact is, I believe, a good thing. 

We are indeed very fortunate: we have access to water, food and medical care. It doesn’t prevent me from moaning all the time, and I guess that’s what human nature is about, right? Well, I hope so. I have therefore decided to continue to support Action Aid and will attend their blogging party on the 15th of August (you can see all the details here and maybe join me? ). 

I hope that it will give me new ideas and new topics to blog about. Yes, we tend to take what we have for granted. I sometimes wonder what sort of education I give to my daughters. I am thinking of sending them to do some charity work at some point, with the hope that it will keep them grounded. Raising children is nothing short of a conundrum. Right now, I am spoiling them rotten and they have a very privileged childhood without probably noticing it, because they don’t know anything else. Having said that, why would I give them a hard time? I find the right balance impossible to strike. A happy childhood is such a strength for the future! Sponsoring a child is probably a way for me to try to be a better mother and keep things in perspective. I look forward to my journey with Suresh. 

 We are all in this together. 

 Nb: if you want me to continue to sponsor children and give to charities please don’t forget to join the competition of the summer here ). 

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • I sponsored some kids years ago with actionaid but I found it rather hard to imagine what they were doing and who they were. Maybe they have changed their policy and way of handling it now. They used to rather dislike the idea of singling out one child but I think if you are going to sponsor, then it is good to have a personal link to whoever it is.

    One of my kids worked at a school in India and sponsors disabled kids who were at the project, who has no hope of getting anything in life, there. I give twenty quid a month to this boy but I have no idea what he is like, she met him and told me about him but to be honest, I don’t think he’s very inspiring. He is not only blind but mentally slow. I think that is one reason she chose him because he has really nothing going for him except the charity of strangers. Anyway I feel my money is doing some good.

    • The important thing is, to me, to feel that my money helps. I like ActionAid and they do keep you posted with news of the community you support. You are also encouraged to visit the child you sponsor and I like to have this option. On short, I think that it is important to just do something.

  • Indeed we are all in this together and it DOES take a village to raise a child. I applaud the work you are doing with Suresh and delight in the fact you are making a difference in their life – in fact, not only their life, but the life of your whole family. Well done friend!

    • Thank you Elizabeth. I wish that I could do more but, hey, I have to start somewhere, right?

  • I do sponsor kids, but I don’t do it via any organization. I sponsor the education of a couple of kids. I have been doing it since college. Normally I couldn’t afford it so I made sure I had a group of people to pitch in and we all contribute towards the education of four children at the moment.

    I don’t know what good parenting or bad parenting is. But I do know that you don’t have to push your kids into doing something. Talk to them, make them realize that there are others who need our help. They will understand. And the action is for them to decide. That is how I feel.

    • Congrats for such a nice initiative Hajra! I don’t believe that there is such a thing as good or bad parenting. We are all doing what we can!

  • Very true! I was just writing in ActionAid post about my kids asking for new hamster toys, mobile phones when some other kids around the globe would be happy to have enough food to eat…

    • Very true indeed. Action Aid allows me to keep things in perspective!