Many of us have seen profile photos of children in sponsorship programs; they are often solemn, sad and sometimes down-right angry looking. I know I have thought at times, “Wow, that poor child must be so unhappy!” But then I come across a video from the same organization in which the children are playing and laughing, and I scratch my head wondering what the difference is. I recently had the opportunity to visit our children’s sponsorship program in Vernet, Haiti. In advance of the trip, one of the tasks I was preparing to tackle was taking updated photos of the
Three Team Members, a piece of cake, and Miss Bonnie It had been three days, and none of us had met Miss Bonnie. “We could see this small shed on the property as we were working, but weren’t sure if someone was actually in there. And then we heard that Miss Bonnie had gone through an entire night sleeping in that shed, without electricity or heat…on a night when it was below freezing.” That’s when the three youngest members of the Houston team from New York decided to pay Miss Bonnie a visit. A Fateful Trip to Houston Even before
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Habari (Hello), my name is Oliver
15 yrs. old
Entered the program: January 2019
Oliver lives with her older sister and two young nephews in a two-bedroom house. All of them share the same room. Oliver's father is deceased and her sister took her in after their mother remarried and stopped caring for her. Oliver's sister tries to make a living as a farmer and she also raises chickens. At home they use firewood to cook and water is fetched from a water tap which is close to the home.