We need help in our own backyard
NZ Herald : Tuesday 7th February 2012
Kiwis give more than $100 million dollars to overseas child sponsorship programmes each year. We need to look at how we can make a difference in our own backyard. Poverty here is real and sponsoring a local child will benefit everyone's future with 100 per cent of the funds donated reaching a child in need.
While the uninformed presume giving food to children creates a dependency on handouts, sociological research undertaken by Massey University shows just the opposite is the case. No instances of parents taking unreasonable advantage of the KidsCan food programmes have been noted. A hand up when they most need it puts the children and the parents on a path to a better future.