He recently posted this video on the SCL website:
How many children around the world have absolutely no concept that there are children around the world suffering that don't know what it's like to eat every day, let alone have three meals a day?
Will struggles with the concept of 'pretend' and still thinks lightening McQueen and Buzz lightyear are real people, so he should relatively easily follow the concept if we showed him a picture of a starving child, but I just never have. It seemed to morbid.
We introduced the idea of orphans when he was very small (under three years old) because we wanted to make sure he wasn't surprised by the idea of us adopting at a later date. He talks about orphans a lot, and often wants to send them clothes and toys, because 'they don't have a mummy and daddy to buy them any'.
I think this year I want to introduce to him the idea that there are people not just missing their mummies and daddies, but physically suffering. How do you do this with three year old? I'm not quite sure, but I know it's something we need to be proactive about. I can't just tell him that there are people suffering, and then leave him to dwell on how terrible it is. I need him to understand that the are people suffering, and here is how we can help them. It's got to be more than just awareness, I want him to understand compassion.
A tall order from a toddler, but unless we model it he will never learn it.
I think I'm going to start with some kind of shoebox appeal. Making up care packages, as a family, to send children is something he can be involved in, and feel like he's making a difference.
Any other ideas, please let me know in the comments section.