In America, children are conditioned to “say cheese” any time a camera is put in their face. Their smiles are plastered all over Facebook and Twitter by the millions per minute.
But for many children around the world, they’ve never even seen a photo. The idea of some person holding a mechanical box in front of them and snapping a button, the whole while telling them that their image will be placed on a piece of paper, is pretty confusing.
It’s hard to smile when you’re confused.
But this isn’t the only reason why many of these children aren’t smiling. You see, for most, these children have little to smile about. Let me tell you about one of them. His name is Sazzad Hossain.
Sazzad is 6 years old, and lives in Bangladesh with his father and mother. Work is hard to find for his father, who tries to get day jobs performing general labor in his community. Sazzad’s mother does her best to raise Sazzad and his two siblings in a safe and healthy environment. It’s tough when they only have about $35 a month to live on. Food is scarce.
It’s hard to smile when you’re hungry.
Sazzad loves to play soccer, which isn’t a surprise since that’s really the only sport he can play. All it takes is a little bit of space and something that resembles a ball. But he must be careful, as he lives in an area of the world where abuse and trafficking are always a threat. That’s got to be pretty scary.
It’s hard to smile when you’re scared.
Today is Sazzad’s birthday. In America, this is the happiest day of a child’s year. But today, this day is a day that his life changed forever.
Today is the day my family sponsored Sazzad with Compassion International.
He will receive food, education, and clothing. But more importantly, Sazzad will have people outside his family who will love him and tell him about the love of Jesus.
It’s $38 per month for my family to provide all of this. That’s less than eating dinner at a restaurant. It’s really not much for us to do this.
For Sazzad, it’s more than twice as much as his family earns monthly.
And I’m pretty sure when he finds out that we’ve chosen to help him like this, it will bring a smile to his face.
Happy birthday, Sazzad!