Chump Nation has a big heart. Last year, we did Operation Sparkly Shoes, raising money for the orphanage school Confident Children Out of Conflict in Juba, South Sudan. For those of you new to the blog, I have a dear friend LeAnna, who was stationed there as a foreign service officer. We filled her Christmas Amazon list for the kids — and BOY did we! Chump Nation filled the whole Amazon basket in under a day. (Um, and thereby brazenly breaking the rules of the diplomatic pouch service…)
The result? A lot of deserving kiddos got sparkly shoes and toys and books. I’m asking again this year for Chump Nation to donate to Confident Children Out of Conflict.
That sweater you were going to buy the cheater? You’re not buying it this year. That gadget that they had to have, and you got, and they sniffed at? And then spent the holidays feting their Schoompie instead of you? You’re not living that anymore. You are FREE. So take that extra pocket change and that joyfully liberated heart and go help an orphan.
I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t have a personal connection to this charity and I KNOW that they do important work. This this is Annabel, and Faith, and Fatima, these are kids who have witnessed war and unspeakable acts. Many have been sexually trafficked. Most have never been to school — 70 percent of children aged 6–17 years have never set foot in a classroom. The country has a literacy rate of 27 percent. (And most of those people are men.)
Okay, so Faith has that book upside down. We can help with that, CN.
And don’t just take my word for it that CCC is awesome — take Secretary of State John Kerry’s word for it. This year he gave CCC’s founder Cathy Groenendijk the State Department’s TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Hero Award.
“We recognize your hard work in caring for and protecting children who are vulnerable to trafficking, your steadfast commitment to the right of every girl and boy to an education, and your persistent engagement to increase justice for survivors of modern slavery,” said Kerry
Oh hey, you’re thinking, if CCC is on John Kerry’s radar, the money must be rolling in. I can shrug off this Chump Lady request. NO PEOPLE, THE MONEY IS NOT ROLLING IN. This was in my Facebook feed this week from the program director at CCC John Bernard Fenning looking for a pair of SHOES for a boy who sleeps in a fucking GRAVEYARD.
He, like many of the children we support sleeps among dead bodies in a graveyard… He came to the office a few weeks after I had met him asking for a plastic sheet for his house. Daniel lives in a shack put together with whatever could be found scraping around. Life in the graveyard is a disaster when it rains. Everything floods and the shacks are shown to be pretty crappy and if not from malaria, people get sick and die from basic diseases in the standing water. Daniel came asking for some help getting a new plastic sheet to at least keep some of the rain out of his ‘house’. I asked where his parents were and his mother had traveled to the village, disappeared for nearly all of this year with just neighbours expected to take care of him and his brothers.
Daniel came to the office a couple of days ago asking if he could have some clothes for Christmas. The shirt he was wearing had only two buttons left, and his shorts were looking very tatty. He had no shoes.
That’s a picture of Daniel in his new clothes.
Okay, Daniel is one more sad story in a sea of sad stories. Suicide bombing, ISIS, right-wing freaks shooting Planned Parenthood clinics — I get it. You want to tune the bad news out. Me too. But look, here’s our chance to do A GOOD DEED. We can’t stop ISIS, but we can buy a kid some freaking sheet plastic. We can scrounge up some money to buy books. Gift some orphan tuition fees and a few clean t-shirts.
It’s a start. It’s something. And maybe if everyone did a few more somethings there wouldn’t be so much extremism. Maybe there’d be more schools, and more reasoned thinkers, and less crazy.
I’m a chump. I do hopium. Instead of directing our hopium at cheaters, why not direct it to orphans?
I think they’ve got a better chance of succeeding. And if nothing else, they’ll have dry feet.
In the U.S. you can donate HERE by PayPal (and read more about CCC)
And in Europe you can donate HERE by PayPal in Euros.
In the UK, the info is: “account in the UK is 73656357, sort code 20-85-46, account name CCC UK.”
Show CCC some Chump Nation mightiness! Give today!