5. Educate the Next Generation
The gift of education doesn’t often appear on Christmas lists. However, education can work as a catalyst to lift people out of poverty and break the bondage that often comes with illiteracy.
What can you do to give the gift of education? Start in your own community by donating books, old computers, educational toys, and school supplies. Volunteer in a continuing education program, or English as a Second Language class. You can even help educate someone on the other side of the globe, through Samaritan’s Purse.
An 18-year-old Gypsy girl has three children and no way to take care of them. She abandons them with hopes that someone else will feed and clothe them. But often these children fall into the exact same cycle. With no education or skills, they have no way to provide for their families. Michelle Sims is helping to break the cycle. With support from Samaritan's Purse, she founded a private Christian orphanage and school in Romania.
“This village currently has a 0 percent literacy rate,” she told us, “so we’re seeing the first kids start to read and write. My hope is that they all become employed as a result of their education and that we see these mud huts and malnourished situations gone.”