As I sat in bed today casually working on a project while watching tv I noticed one of my friends had an msn status of ‘Rest In Peace.’ I ask him what happened. He tells me his sponsored child passed away. A 9 year old girl named Kajol living in India. She died from malaria. We though malaria is preventable (looking it up there are preventive drugs but no vaccine) and he wondered, I thought I was helping her get a better life. Helping make sure she eats right, goes to school, is healthy, isn’t that what the money was for? He was upset that he didn’t even know she was sick and how she likely never got his last package. Then a friend helped him feel a bit better by providing a slight paradigm shift. Think of it this way she said, you have a little angel watching over you now. And that did make him smile a bit.
This is just another reminder to me that alhumdulillah I am very lucky for all that I have. I’ve also always wanted to get involved in one of these organizations and sponsor a child as well. I’m not going to keep putting it off anymore.