Not only is it the first of the month, but it's the first day of a new year; it's time to find a way to help those around me via the charity through which I sponsor a child: ChildFund. I perused their Gift Catalog's Medical Needs category and chose the following ways to help this month:
- Orphanages in Chernobyl need special vitamins for children with disabilities ($84): In Belarus, many children who developed or were born with disabilities as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster now live in large, isolated orphanages. Since the incident 27 years ago, the number of children with disabilities in the area has tripled. In addition to radiation exposure, children living in the contaminated territories are often more vulnerable to diseases and stresses. They lack basic vitamins to protect their health and special vitamins to reduce the impact of the harmful environment. Your gift will provide a year's worth of monthly vitamin packets for one child.
- Medical Checkups and nutrition for children with disabilities in India ($31; I did two of these): Children with disabilities need specialized medical care that is not readily available in their deprived communities in India. Your gift will provide medical checkups to detect and diagnose problems as early as possible. It also provides nutritional supplements selected to help the particular needs of children with disabilities.