As Minhee and I work towards launching a humanitarian organization later this year [once the 501c3 is officially issued], we’ve been enjoying opportunities to speak to our children about why we’ve made the decision and how it will impact our family. We share with our kids about our faith in Christ and our desire to be agents of mercy, justice, and humility – both locally and globally. But in many ways, our children are the ones that often challenge us with their sense of compassion.
[During my current sabbatical, I’ll be reposting some old posts for your reading pleasure.]
My oldest daughter who’s in 4th grade had a homework assignment this week where she was asked to write an essay about how she would help others if she had $100,000. What a coincidence since that’s the amount we’ve pledged. Anyways, I read it on Sunday night and was floored.
Read her essay below and check out the “vision plan” that she drew out. I’m so immensely proud and privileged to be a father to my three children. Okay, so the amounts in the essay don’t exactly add up to 100K but you get the point!
If I had $100,000, I would send them to far away places. I have learned about these places because my church has raised some money to Africa.
I would like to give $500 to Uganda. $300 to India, $200 to Congo, $250 to Kenya and $150 to Sudan and $1,000 to Kyrgyzstan. All the money is for schools in Uganda, India, Congo, Kenya and Sudan. I also like to help people, and animals. So I would give $400 to orphanages and $100 to build an animal shelter. I would donate $500 to let each orphan go to school and learn the same thing as other children.
I want to help autistic children. Because I have a friend who need special help in public schools. I want to donate $300 to build a school for them. I also want to be a doctor. So I thought I could donate $200 to build a hospital in Kenya. I also thought of myself since I have a skin problem. So do a lot of people in the world. There aren’t a lot of dermatologists in the world so I can donate $400 to build a dermatology hospital. I also truly want to help Whittier Elementary. So I want give $200 for the playground and $6,000 for supplies, school lunches and other things for Whittier.
I also thought about Asia and especially for North Korea. My great grandparents and grandfather are from North Korea. There are so many people who don’t have food to eat. So I want to give North Korea $200 to buy food and $50 to build a market because they do not have enough food. And I want to build a school that’s FREE in China. I also thought of the world we live in. So I want to donate $600 to plant trees and flowers. And the rest I want to give to families around the world that actually need money. The reason why I want to help all of these people, things and places is because I want to see more smiles on peoples’ faces. I want the world to be a better place and I also want to see lots of happy kids. I want to see many healthy and happy people all over the world!