Thompson Square Sponsors Child From Indonesia
"Her dad makes $600 a year," says Keifer Thompson.
Thompson Square's Shawna and Keifer Thompson recently teamed up with child protection and development organization ChildFund International to sponsor their first child, a 6-year-old from Indonesia named Lady. “Her dad makes $600 a year,” Keifer tells CountryWeekly.com. “That’s really all we know about her. We just started working with ChildFund and it’s a great organization." The couple sponsored the child less than three weeks ago.
ChildFund International has been around since the 1930s and has worked in more than 30 countries to assist children in need. "We wanted to check [Childfund International] out because we’ve heard the horror stories back in years past of those kinds of outfits, but they are very highly monitored now and [ChildFund] is one of the top seven companies in the world for this kind of thing," Keifer says.“It really makes you feel good to sponsor a kid. We'll probably [sponsor] a few more, and I think our whole band is getting ready to sponsor kids, too."
The duo is currently on tour with Lady Antebellum and has promoted the organization through three-minute videos that air during their sets, as well as talking up the organization onstage. Thompson Square also gives concertgoers the chance to sponsor a child. "I think we had 15 children the first night and 16 kids the second night that got sponsored," says Keifer. "They are talking about possibly taking us over to Indonesia and meeting Lady and her family. Of course, we were like, ‘Yes, we’ll go!’"
A child can be sponsored for $28 a month, according to the organization's website. "It’s a dollar a day," says Keifer. "I can blow though that in five minutes. When you give up your coffee for four or five days, that can change someone’s life.”
For more information on ChildFund International, go to ChildFund.org.