stories from the field

Learning to Smile

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

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disaster recovery

Team Shows Love After Hurricane Harvey

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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Transform a Child's Life Through Sponsorship

Habari (hello), my name is Ruth

  • location

    Kenya

  • 5 yrs. old

    10-03-2014

Entered the program: October 2019

Ruth lives with her mother, grandmother, two brothers, and three nephews at her grandmother's home after their father abandoned them. They live in a four-room house made of stone with access to clean water, and their bathroom facility is in good condition.

There is a lot of turmoil in Ruth's home. Ruth's grandmother is a diabetic, so her mother is relied upon to solely provide for the family working as a casual laboror which is inconsistent and insufficient.There are many arguments over lack of food and necessities in the home, and her mother suffers from depression which contributes to her inability to find a steady job. The children are often not in school due to lack of school fees and supplies.

Sponsorship Level What's this?

Three $38 sponsorships cover the complete holistic care of one child. Cover one, two, or three sponsorships.