I wasn’t really expecting you to know that it was my birthday on Wednesday this week. My family and plenty of my friends remembered.
The whole day, though, I kept thinking about two things.
First, I kept thinking about all the children I’ve met in Haiti who not only have no one celebrating their birthday with them but who don’t even know when their birthday is or how old they are.
They’ve become separated from their families and trapped in domestic servitude. They may have no official record of their birth or name, and some of these kids aren’t even sure of their own name.
That was the first thought.
The second thought was about how, looking back on my life, I can see key people who did something for me, sometimes something relatively small, but that completely changed the direction of my life. A teacher. A family friend. Someone who made a scholarship available.
Some of these people have no idea the difference they made. Many didn’t even know me individually. They simply knew that there were important things children needed. So, they helped create opportunities.
The Schools Not Slavery campaign offers you the chance to intervene in the lives of some of our world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and create opportunities for them.
By a simple act of generosity, you can radically change the course of a child’s whole life.
You can literally be the difference between a child growing up enslaved and a child growing up at home and in school.
I ask you on behalf of these children to be especially generous.
Please click here to go to the Schools Not Slavery campaign page and make a donation or, even better, make a pledge of sustaining monthly support.
Your gift or pledge will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling the impact in the lives of children who deserve to be remembered and celebrated.
I would never expect those outside my circle of friends and loved ones to remember that it was my birthday this week. But I would be extremely grateful if you would remember these children now.
With deep gratitude,