this is khun than lay, the kid we sponsor through distance adoption with terre des hommes organization:
he's going to be 6 in may and he is from birmania. i'm so happy to receive updates from him, it makes me feel directly involved in his difficult life in another continent. he's doing well, though he suffers of a light malnutrition. he has 2 brothers and sisters, his parents are farmers, thus they decided to assign him to the local association center, where he's growing, having proper health care, studying and preparing to enter the society.
we chose distant adoption because to us it's the best way to improve the everyday life of children giving them the possibility to grow with human dignity in their own culture. it also provides the basic needs for a child such as food and medicine, that in affluent societies are taken for granted.
it's a drop in the sea, considering the alarming statistics. half the world live on less than two dollars a day. nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. 20% of the population in the developed nations, consume 86% of the world's goods. approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in asia and the pacific. every second child in the world lives in poverty.
but in our little way we feel like we're still giving a small but effective contribution for reducing poverty and hunger in the world. we can, togther, make a significant difference in the situation. we can bring hope by changing lives. "the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little" - franklin d. roosevelt