And in case you didn’t know it yet, it’s Giving Tuesday, which is the reason behind this post.
Ever since I heard about the devastating tsunami in Asia in 2006 and learned about the plight of many of the children who lost their homes and families, I’ve become almost obsessed with contributing to organizations that focus on women and children’s rights. This obsession peaked when I took a trip to Nepal a few years later. It was a saddening, eye-opening, mystical and humbling experience all at the same time. I couldn’t believe how happy people were with what little they had. Yet, at the same time, there were crowds of children begging for money (yes, we were aware that some were forced to do it by traffickers), and that broke my heart.
Bottom line is, we don’t realize how blessed we are and how much of the little things we take for granted until we come face-to-face with something that just tugs at our heartstrings and speaks right to us. Most of us assume that every child has some form of education or access to some form of healthcare, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case for so many…
So for this Giving Tuesday, my focus is on Pencils of Promise. I found out about it 5 weeks ago, and was moved by its mission. I then proceeded to set a goal of $8000 raised by the end of next year because go big or go home, right? I needed the perfect time to talk about it, and Giving Tuesday seemed like the perfect time!
Pencils of Promise is an organization that has raised enough money to build 380 schools for children in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos so far, and is striving to build even more. Every penny of every donation goes directly into the building of these schools. When you make a contribution, you’re helping a child who wouldn’t otherwise have access to education go to school. If you’re interested in making a donation, please visit my Pencils of Promise page so we can make an impact on these children’s lives!
From now until next Tuesday, every donation made toward my $8000 goal for this cause will enter you into a drawing to win this beauty worth almost $100. If you can’t make a donation, please keep this organization in your prayers!
Thank you, and I hope you’re all having a lovely holiday season!