A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Greg Mortenson’s work building schools in remote villages in Pakistan for girls who would otherwise receive no education at all. Mortenson’s story and work are inspiring, indeed. I’m thankful to report that this week I’ve had a chance to participate in some international school-fundraising of my own; as the Missions Coordinator for my church’s Vacation Bible School, I’ve been promoting the cause of an elementary school for children in Africa.
Every year at VBS, we choose a charitable work to be the recipient of the children’s daily offering. This year, the money we raise will go to sponsor the education of several children in Senegal, a former French colony in West Africa. In Senegal, where many families are poor and education can be costly, many children are unable to attend school because their families cannot afford the $20/month it costs to send them. It’s hard to believe that the cost of 100 tickets at Rehoboth Beach’s Funland Amusements or 2 pounds of boardwalk fudge could buy something as precious as education.
The generosity of the VBS children, their parents, and the staffers has overwhelmed me this week! With one day to go of our VBS program, we’ve exceeded our goal of raising $460 (enough to pay for 2 years of school in Senegal!); as of today, we’ve collected an astonishing $610!! I’m hoping that our offering tomorrow will put us at the $700 mark.
Ironic that American children on their much anticipated (and well deserved) summer vacations should be rallying so enthusiastically around the cause of children whose greatest desire is to attend school. And amazing that our meager contribution can go such a very long way.