Samaritan’s Purse: Helping The Most Vulnerable

Posted by Jesse Willms on July 25, 2010

Because I’m a young businessman, people are sometimes surprised to learn that I support charities.  After all, most believe that the only mindset of my generation is, “What’s in it for me?”

Although a tempting mindset to settle on, I try not to think that way. I know that I’ve been very fortunate in my life, and I’m proud of my success. But, I also know that not everyone grew up with the advantages I had or has been as lucky as I have. I often wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn’t had the support of my family, or if I had been born into abject poverty.

Jesse Willms - Supporting Children through Samaritan's Purse

That’s why I look for charities that help the most vulnerable people around the world, mostly those struck down by civil war, natural disasters or poverty.  That’s why today, I want to talk to you about a charity I donated $1000 to that does some amazing work helping  people around the world.

Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to  people around the world. Their name comes from a Bible story where the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, and Jesus told His followers, “Go and do likewise.”

This organization truly does a lot of good work around the world, from emergency relief to community development; Samaritan’s purse really has their hand in everything. One of the most interesting projects that sparked my interest was their program for women. Some of their many projects include maternal health, female literacy and sex trafficking. Sadly, 800 000 women are trafficked across international borders every year.  According to the United States State Department, there is a shocking 2.3 million women that are being prostituted in countries such as India, most of whom are minors. Your contributions to Samaritan’s Purse help get women off the streets, out of these horrifying situations and in contact with frontline workers to help them deal with the trauma they experienced. The wonderful thing about this organization is they have incredibly low administration fees, so your contributions are going directly to the people who need it the most.

Samaritans Purse also focuses on emergency relief. It is a known fact that the first thing response teams do when arriving in a country struck down by civil wars or a natural disaster, is to set up proper latrines so disease doesn’t strike. They also focus on getting water and medical care to those in these countries. Their most recent emergency relief projects include their presence in Indonesia when the Tsunami hit, Pakistan after the harsh floods and helping in Haiti with cholera outbreaks in children. They also support hospitals where there would otherwise be no medical care.

Another thing the organization does, is it targets children who have been hurt by the ravages of war and poverty and helps them with tangible support. They give children food, shelter and clothing to help their lives be a little better. One of their most well known campaigns is their shoeboxes, in which people pack shoeboxes with stuffed animals, balls, pens, dolls, toy cars among other things,  that are delivered to children in third world countries.

This truly is a diverse charity and I am truly proud to support it!