But, I still want to do something to help others, so I have been giving part of my glass proceeds each year to Compassion International. I don't make a huge deal about it, other than saying that I do it on my site, and mentioning that I did actually give what I said I was going to give. And it isn't ever a huge amount, cause I'm not exactly the stained glass millionaire or anything, but last year I was able to help fund some clean water wells, and in the past have given to relief efforts in Haiti especially. I picked Compassion mainly because I trust them, and I like what they do. My hubby and I have sponsored children through them ever since we got married-I love that sponsorship helps them get to school, teaches them about God, gives them healthy meals, teaches them lifeskills and helps them grow up whole in the middle of a rough world. So, it seemed to make sense to just keep giving through Compassion with my shop.
Then, just recently, a report came out about Compassion-done by an independent group-where they studied the effects of child sponsorship. Turns out it works! Kids in the program are more educated, more self-confident, and better leaders. I love that. Love that Compassion is doing it right, and that they are able to help as many kids as they are, and that it is widely known now that they are doing what they say they are doing. (because, sadly, not all groups are doing what they say)
Here is the link to Compassion's blog where they talk about the study. I think it is pretty cool.