Children helping Children, the initiative that involves Irish children helping children in developing countries, is expecting 1,500 schools – including some from Kilkenny – to take part in a National Day of Prayer and Share.
Established in 2007 by World Missions Ireland, the event this year will take place on October 11. Last year, 49 projects in Africa and Asia benefited from the generosity of Irish children.
National Secretary of the Society of Missionary Children Jackie Pallas, says that the Irish children who take part in Children helping Children are wonderfully generous and love to learn about their counterparts in developing countries.
“I have been doing this job for many years and I continue to be touched by the children who have a lovely spirit of generosity,” she said.
“They love to learn about other little children who don’t have the same advantages in life and as such it opens up a different world to them.”
Children Helping Children initiative helped to build an orphanage in Sri Lanka for children bereft and destitute after the Tsunami.
“This was a privilege, we were able to give these children a safe and happy space and it meant the world to them,” said Jackie.
“Every single one of them wrote personally to me, sending their photos and thanking the Irish children. It was both heart warming and a bit heart wrenching too as without our help life would have been so awful for them”.
“I have received so much support and help from schools right around County Kilkenny and for this I am so grateful. We couldn’t do it without them.”