My inspiration to help others.
As a child, my parents always made sure we were highly involved with a variety of volunteer experiences and charities. My mom always said, 'we are blessed to have more than enough, and it is our responsibility to help others.' From church functions to school programs to non-profits to the little old lady down the street - we as a family always stepped in to help.
As an adult now, I have tried to keep up with my moms go get'm drive when volunteering, but somehow I tend to stick with organizations that are for children in other countries. Especially those that work with street children, bringing them out of the shadows and into the world where they too have a chance.
I am always attracted to nonprofits like GOD'S CHILD Project, helping children receive a second chance at life. My first experience volunteering, and donating to them, was when I was 19 and living in Guatemala. They had a huge group of dentists come down to Guatemala - working with the families and communities of their base project.
I will never forget the looks on the children when they saw these doctors - their excitement, nervousness, and pride to show their teeth. One at a time I interpreted for the doctors, children and adults. One at a time I saw children who had very few 'good' cavity free teeth to be cleaned, but the desire to have teeth like the American doctors was contagious.
Children got cavities fixed, learned to brush and floss correctly, received tooth brushes and tooth paste; but the most moving part was them now having smiles to be proud of.
These children I later found out were at one point in their lives homeless, living on the streets, and at times child prostitutes bought into child slavery due to their lack of options for survival.
Through the help and guidance of GOD'S CHILD Project, these same children were living in foster homes, receiving medical care, education, and food for their hungry bellies every day. Without this organizations help my heart breaks for the alternative lives they could be living, if living at all.
Everyday GOD'S CHILD Project, works hard to find and help many more children just like the ones I worked with years ago, and the results are amazing. These children went from dreamless daily pain and suffering to dreamers who are becoming educated, employed, honorable adults who continue to give back to the children who are like they once were.
Review from #MyGivingStory