Tim's Blog: Helping Kids Learn For Life

With the End of Financial Year looming, Compassion Australia CEO Tim Hanna shares the importance of giving to allow children to benefit from extra educational opportunities.

09 Jun, 2015

Tim's Blog: Helping Kids Learn For Life

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” —Acts 20:35, NIV

If you’ve already donated to the Education Appeal—which is for all the extra educational needs that regular sponsorship does not cover—thank you so much.

Your donation will help provide the vocational training and university education, the computer labs and libraries, the tutoring, textbooks and classrooms that will help children to succeed, at school and beyond.

It was supporters just like you who made all the difference in the life of a young man named Sameson: the difference between struggling to survive and living free from poverty.

A failed exam result threatened to derail Sameson’s future. In Ethiopia, passing Grade 10 is a requirement for further studies. Sameson had tried hard. But he’d had to spend long hours working to help his family put food on the table.

Study couldn’t be his first priority: survival was. Unable to afford vocational training, Sameson’s options were limited and his future looked increasingly bleak.

That’s when Compassion stepped in. Knowing Sameson was a talented woodworker, local staff gave him the opportunity to be enrolled in a two-year carpentry course. He quickly excelled.

Today, Sameson has his own workshop and employs two staff, building chairs, tables, cabinets and more. He also regularly teaches woodwork to children in Compassion’s programs, building their self-confidence and skills for the future.

This was only possible because of the generosity of supporters like yourself. There are thousands of children worldwide like Sameson with great talent and potential who simply need resources and support to thrive.

Every dollar you donate matters. For example, $9 can buy a story book in Togo. In Tanzania, $30 can buy four textbooks. And $350 can help resource a computer lab in Ethiopia, giving students access to information and opportunities, right at their fingertips.

Thousands of children urgently need someone to believe in them and help give them the opportunities and resources they need to thrive. Please give generously.

Blessings, Tim

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