We Can Change the World
Making a Difference With
J an. 13 is Make Your Dreams Come True Day. When I first heard about it, I instantly knewwhat my dreamwas: I want to live in a world where no child goes hungry or gets sick from a preventable disease. Poverty is a large problem in the United States, and at the same time, there are growing opportunities here for food, good hygiene, and medical supplies to be distributed to needy children. Though it doesn’t always feel like it, there are actually more resources for children in the United States than in many developing countries around the world. We have come to learn that many children and communities in the world would significantly benefit from reasonably modest contributions by people who are able to make that kind of commitment. World Vision is a faith-based organization. It was founded in 1950 and today supports 3.5 million children in almost 100 countries. Today, Genet and I are able to support three children: Poloko, a 5-year-old boy from Lesotho; Nafiata, a 6-year-old girl from Uganda; and Roberto Carlos, a 4-year-old boy from Honduras. We regularly exchange letters with all three children, and that gives us a look into their lives and those of their families and communities. There are numerous organizations that aim to help kids in need, but we chose to support World Vision for a couple of reasons. First, they’re very transparent Roberto Carlos
Given the extreme poverty
and medical ailments that children face around the world, it is humbling to be able to help make a difference.
At the firm, our mission is also to help families and children who are going through a difficult time. Being ambassadors withWorld Vision means we’re able to continue this mission on a larger scale. They provide funds and life-saving medicine, while also assisting in community-based, sustainable change. World Vision focuses on public awareness,
promoting justice, and dismantling unjust structures that negatively impact children around the world. Their ultimate goal is to help children and their families support themselves so our support is no longer necessary. In the United States, we rarely have to face severe poverty or lose children to preventable diseases. That’s not to say
children don’t struggle or need help in our country, but the difference is that we have systems already in place to help them. In many other places in the world, children aren’t so fortunate. It’s humbling to be able to help make a difference in the lives of children. That’s our mission at the firm, to help families and children who are going through a difficult time. Being ambassadors with World Vision means we’re able to continue this mission on a larger scale. If the World Vision mission speaks to you, we encourage you to look into their cause at WorldVision.org. We believe that through these kinds of responsible, dedicated organizations, we can create a world where more children are happy and healthy.
“There are numerous organizations that aim to help kids in need, but we chose to support World Vision for a couple of reasons.”
about their accounts. They’re open about what they do with their money, and you can rest assured knowing your donations are going to help
–Myles & Genet Johnson
children in need.
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