Today’s challenge: Go out of your way to bring a smile to someone's face today.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” –Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
Everything is possible through education
The video below tells the story of Latha, who lives in India. When her mother fell sick, she had to leave school to take care of her family, and ended up working long days in a matchstick factory as a child laborer. Getting back into school was what helped her get away from that life of exploitation.
Looking back, Latha says, “Children are being forced against their will to work. You are the ones who will need to free them. If you help free children like me, they’ll also start learning just like I’ve started learning in school.”
Watch her full story here:
My favorite part of this video is when Latha talks about her own education: “I am really happy that I am in the 12th grade now. I like electrical engineering a lot. There is a lot of hardship at home so if I study well and get a good job I could also take care of the household. Everything is possible through education.” While she’s saying this, she has a huge smile on her face! What makes you smile like that?
Today is Human Rights Day, first proclaimed by the U.N. in 1950 to set a “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” This morning (from 9:00-10:30 am PST), we’re participating in a Twitter chat with @GirlRising to discuss issues facing girls and women: follow or look back at the chat by watching the hashtag #GirlRising.
At the top: Latha speaks about her education (Photo: World Vision)
Around the world, millions of girls aren’t in school because of poverty, discrimination, and exploitation. Many, like Latha, have to work to help support their families or care for younger siblings. Make a one-time donation today to help provide girls like Latha with an education!