The photo of many people riding on one vehicle is an example of daily life in tough places in the world. And it creates a perfect opportunity for a fun activity!
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In tough places around the world, going from place to place might look different than the way you travel to the store or to a friend’s house. Often a bicycle is the best way to get around, or even walking. Or as in the photo below, many people riding on one vehicle!
Can you correctly count the passengers? When you think you have the answer, slide the screen to see if you are correct.
You can also download and print this game and the following stories for an activity that does not require screen time.
Below you will find stories of children living in the toughest places who received the gift of meals, eyeglasses, and clean water!
Anotida lives in the slums of Zimbabwe. The gift of meals from people like you has changed her life. The highlight of Anotida’s day is when she goes to school. It is there that she receives what is routinely her only meal of the day.
Anotida is being raised by her grandma who not only cares for her, but also for her mom who is severely disabled and cannot speak. Her “home” is made of cardboard boxes and pieces of fabric.
When our ministry team walked into the tiny school room where she learns, 63 little faces peered up from their desks. Just two years ago they were faces that reflected malnutrition and neglect. Now they are healthy and eager to learn.
Anotida and her classmates now have a daily healthy meal thanks to people like you who care about those who are hungry. What do you think it would be like to eat only one meal a day?
Nine years old and covered in bruises, Aimar* walked into a vision clinic in the Middle East hosted by Unto® and local field team members. A local doctor was in the room too. Though the purpose of the clinic was to test people’s eyesight, our team could not overlook the scrapes and bruises. They called the doctor over to meet Aimar and talk with him in his own language.
In the course of conversation Aimar revealed that he was a Syrian refugee who had come to the clinic alone. When the doctor gently brought up the question of his injuries, the boy’s response was simple: “I fall down a lot.”
“I fall down a lot” sounded suspicious to everyone present — until they tested his sight. From 10 feet away he could not see the top line of the eye chart. From 4 feet away he could not tell how many fingers people held up. His sight was so bad that by U.S. standards he would be considered legally blind.
Aimar was serious when he told the doctor he fell down a lot. At 9 years old he was covered in bruises, because he literally could not see things right in front of him.
Aimar received a pair of glasses that day. Think of how radically young Aimar’s life was changed. He left the vision clinic that day able to move freely, without fear of tripping over unseen hazards. A simple pair of eyeglasses changed his life! How would your life be different if you couldn’t see well?
*Name changed for security reasons
Until recently, children in a remote village of Chad faced a dreadful daily task: searching for water.
Finding the water took long hours and was often dangerous in the 105-degree heat. If water was discovered, it was almost certainly contaminated. Waterborne illnesses come with the territory in this part of the world where clean water is scarce. And children are especially vulnerable.
But families in the village of Koli had no other choice. They had to settle for whatever they could find, even if it meant drinking water polluted by disease.
Making matters worse, the villagers could only grow crops three months out of the year when brief rains blew through. So food eventually became almost as scarce as water, leaving them thirsty and hungry.
Thankfully, all of this is changing because of the support of caring people like you. Unto and local partners installed a new water well and a generator for fast, efficient pumping. Now children and families can access safe, clean water any time. And they can grow food year-round.
Now children can play and go to school instead of searching for water! How would your daily life be different if you had to spend hours searching for water?
For nearly 30 years, Unto® has leveraged strategic global partnerships and the service of dedicated volunteers to relieve suffering through humanitarian aid in more than 75 countries. Unto serves people around the world as part of Cru®’s diverse, 190-country network.