The 29th of February comes only every four years. How are you celebrating Leap Day? We at ChildFund have a suggestion for you: Take a leap, and change a life.
So much can happen in four years. With the right support, a baby will learn to walk, talk, play and get into mischief. A preschooler will begin primary school and learn to read and write. A third-grader will grow and change into a pre-teen. Four years from now, a 13-year-old might finish school and consider university.
Or, without support, she might quit school to enter an arranged marriage at 14 and become a mother by 15. The third-grader might have to leave school because it’s too far away, or his parents can’t afford the required uniform and shoes. The preschooler might get malaria over and over again. The infant might be one of the 24,000 children under 5 who die every day from preventable causes tied to poverty.
So much depends on where a child grows up. For children living in extreme poverty, so much depends on the kind of support ChildFund provides.
Thus, on a day that comes once every four years, ChildFund invites you to celebrate by taking a hop, a jump or a leap in the direction of changing children’s lives for the better.
A hop is a one-time donation to our Children’s Greatest Needs fund, which creates programs to help children with everyday and emergency situations.
Perhaps you have a special interest in nutrition, water or health care projects? If so, then jump into monthly giving, with options for tailoring your gifts in both size and purpose.
Or you can take the leap and change a life. Sponsor a child.
Happy Leap Day. May your next quadrennial be rich with the knowledge that you took advantage of one extra day in 2012 to make a difference in the world.