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Can a kid be a missionary? Missionary Childhood says Yes

Like the children on this video, thousands of kids from all over the world belong to the Missionary Childhood. It's a initiative that promotes worldwide solidarity among children and where the little ones play a key role.

BAPTISTINE RALAMBOARISON

Secretary, Pontifical Society of the Missionary Childhood

"When the mission started the kids were the ones who benefited from the missionary activity. Now, thanks to the work of the Missionary Childhood, they have an importante role to play. That is: the Church belongs to every body: kids, teenagers and adults�.

The Pontifical Society of the Missionary Childhood was founded in 1843 by French bishop Charles de Forbin-Janson. He believed that kids should also have voice in the Church and that they had a lot to give as missionaries.

BAPTISTINE RALAMBOARISON

Secretary, Pontifical Society of the Missionary Childhood

"How can children be missionaries? The founder said that praying a Hail Mary everyday and giving some money every month was enough. And that's what he asked kids, and that's how kids help each other. That's the theme of the Missionary Childhood�.

All the funds for the Pontifical Society of the Missionary come from money that children give. They use it for new proyects to help other kids in need throughout the world.

BAPTISTINE RALAMBOARISON

Secretary, Pontifical Society of the Missionary Childhood

"Children are very generous. They don't work, like adults, but are very generous. Even more than adults, because a kid that, for example, is given a euro for cleaning a parish, will give it all to the fund. An adult would say: 'Let's see... What expenses do I have?'. Once children understand how their money will be spent, they become very generous.�

That generosity paid for more than 3,000 different projects in 2013. They range from social to educational initiatives dedicated only to children all over the world. 

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