Together We Are Greater Than Hardships.

I was compensated by World Vision for my time writing this post. All opinions are my own.

3.4 million sponsored children served in more than 1,660 communities About 3.4 million sponsored children served in more than 1,660 communities worldwide. Thanks to World Vision donors worldwide in 2014.

570 million vulnerable children whose well-being was improved through World Vision's contribution

420 million vulnerable children whose well-being was promoted through our work, including advocacy contributing to policy change. Thanks to World Vision donors worldwide in 2014.

10 million disaster survivors, refugees, and displaced people assisted in in 2015

10.7 million disaster survivors, refugees, and displaced people assisted in 2014. Thanks to World Vision donors worldwide.

This past year was truly the first that I began learning about World Vision, as a group of friends began training with Team World Vision for the 2015 Chicago Marathon. I could remember having seen the jerseys at marathon courses during my running years, but never really thought much of it. It's just another charity, I thought to myself. Thinking back, that mentality is so common in our country. We may acknowledge something, but never take action. We may read about hardships across the globe, or perhaps even our own country, but never take steps to find a solution. I am unfortunately just as much as fault as the person next to me.

The more and more I saw how excited and inspired my friends were about this cause, the more intrigued I became myself. What was it about this organization that was so incredible? October 13, 2015 I watched as thousands of runners ran through the streets of Chicago. People of all ages, race, ethnicities and sizes filled the streets. It seemed as though just about every corner of the globe was represented in the race. As the herds passed, I couldn't help but notice how many orange jerseys people were wearing. World Vision had officially made its presence known at the marathon. So, here I am now, May 2, 2016. I have officially signed up to run this year's Chicago Marathon with Team World Vision. And I am even more excited to be writing this article, sharing the amazing opportunity that we all have to give back to people who are going through hardship around the world.

One of the easiest ways to help a child is through sponsorship. Through an ongoing commitment of $39 per month, you can build a relationship with a child and community. It's so important to know that this money is not a handout. The money that you give goes towards equipping the people with the tools, resources, training and hope needed to ensure that they are able to become self-sufficient. The goal is to assist the community in breaking the cycle of poverty through providing them with things like clean water, school fees and supplies, better education, improved nutrition, as well as proper healthcare services.

I would like to propose this challenge: whether you are at the grocery store picking up food for the week, or sitting on the bus to work, running along the lakefront, reading a novel in the comfort of your apartment, or spending time with friends, take a few minutes to look at the World Vision website. Learn about what it takes to get involved with their mission. If you feel so led, find a marathon team to start running with, donate money, start sponsoring a child.

Together We Are Greater Than Hardships.

 

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