ChildFund New Zealand’s Cassandra has worked firsthand with children in need and here she explains why a little action adds up to a lot of difference.

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By Cassandra Chapman, Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator

I joined the ChildFund family just over a year ago. After spending time working with orphaned and vulnerable children in Latin America, I had returned to New Zealand with a strong desire to continue this work. ChildFund was the perfect place for me – allowing me to marry my passion for giving children the best start in life with my skill-set in marketing.

It was my love of children, and my belief that every child deserves a chance to be happy and healthy and productive in their communities, that brought me to ChildFund. I still hold that belief, in fact it’s stronger than ever after a year of hearing and sharing the positive outcomes our supporters and staff are creating for children in need through ChildFund. But that’s not the only thing that keeps me going.

Today, I realise that the best parts of my job are the moments when I get the chance to talk to compassionate Kiwis who love children too and are willing to make small sacrifices in their own lives to give those children hope and the chance to create a better future for themselves. It’s the supporter events, the hand-scrawled notes on the top of donation forms, the personal phone calls – all of these chances to connect with inspirational human beings who, when confronted with the challenges of the modern world, choose not to shrug or turn away in despair, but to do something about it!

To take action in the face of adversity is an act of faith. Our supporters have this in abundance – faith that the human spirit is strong and that small actions add up to great deeds. We have that in common. We have hope that a better way is possible and faith that together we can make a difference in this world.

Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” I love working at ChildFund because, although I see more than my share of children’s suffering, I also have a front-row seat to the overcoming of it.

So thank you, to each of you – to the child sponsors, the generous donors, the community ambassadors, and to the passionate staff – thank you for having faith, for maintaining hope, and for taking courageous action each day to help children!

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