It is no secret that millions of people throughout the world live in poverty and many of those people are homeless. As sad as that fact is, what is sadder is that children make up a significant portion of that homeless population.
Being homeless is especially hard on a child. Their current hardships often serve to crush their spirits and quench their dreams. It is tough to create a better life when you have little or no access to food, clothing, shelter or education. Fortunately, there are ways we can help homeless children build a better life for themselves.
Here are some ideas on how you can help a homeless child:
- Give money.
Multiple charities are devoted exclusively to helping children. Make a list and evaluate which ones are the best at doing it. Research how they spend donations and what services they offer to a child in need. Once you find the right charity, give a donation amount that you think will prove most helpful down the road.
- Build a relationship.
Giving money is not enough to help a needy child. It is essential to form a bond with them. They need your presence too. Sure, having money will help with their day-to-day survival. But your presence can be much more valuable to them than any amount of money they receive.
- Be a tutor.
Offer children you are helping educational opportunities. Give them a chance to learn. Some charities do not have enough workers to meet the educational needs of children in their care. You can help by volunteering to teach them basics like math, reading and science. Make learning fun by taking them on field trips to places like the museum or the zoo.
If you commit time and energy to improving the life of a homeless child, you will open a door to a better life they never thought possible.