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In May of 2009, I traveled to Togo to do a series of stories for my job at Compassion International The work I saw there was incredible. The children enrolled with Compassion were fed, clothed and cared for. I can’t speak highly enough about the work Compassion is doing in this small country in West Africa.
But there are still many, many children living in poverty who are not part of Compassion’s program. I will forever remember a school our group visited. The vast majority of the children there are not in Compassion’s program. And while I stood in that dusty schoolyard, I watched the principal go from classroom to classroom, sending children home who had not paid their fees.
One little girl in particular shuffled across the yard, tears streaming down her face. We found out that her school fees for the year were only $35. How often do I spend that amount without even thinking. While I stood numbly, a woman in our group whipped our her wallet and paid for that little girl. She stood before us, and whispered “Merci.” But the word that reached my ears was “Mercy.”
More than 200 children have been able to attend school since The Merci/Mercy Project began in 2009. If you would like to send a child to school, visit mercimercy.com for more information on how to give, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!