I’m always happy when I find a letter from or a report on one of our sponsored children in the post. I’m looking forward to read the letters (or rather the translations, as the letters are written in Armenian) and to reply. Some of our eight children write regularly, others less regularly and sometimes we get letters written by a family member. Some children send us photos or even self-made gifts. I also like to read the reports, because they tell us about the children’s progress and family situation – though the latter is often not so good, unfortunately, but that is why the children need support.
The children are between eleven and sixteen years old.
Four of them are growing up without a father, because the fathers left the family.
Five of them are living with a chronic illness and /or disability. At least three of them are living with chronically ill parents.
The parents of five of them are unemployed. The parents of the other three are unable to support their families due to their low income.
One of them doesn’t attend school, because there are no or not enough schools for children with severe multiple disabilities.
On the other hand…
Two of them are currently attending college and are very determined to do well and end the vicious circle of poverty in their families. With the help of God we were able to pay the college fees for one of them. Most of the others are doing their best at school, even though it is not easy under the difficult circumstances.
As we have been sponsoring children for several years and with altogether eleven children during that time we know that a sponsorship is not just about helping a child physically – as important as that is. It’s a relationship which grows with each letter and card which is being sent – we send birthday and Christmas cards also to the children who don’t write to us – and with each report which contains information about the child and the family. It’s more than just paying money on the one side and receiving goods and services on the other.
“Poverty had told me I’m hopeless, I’m nothing, and I believed that.” – Richmond, former sponsored child via Compassion
Many people are or would be able to take on a sponsorship for a child, but not all of them actually do it. No, you don’t need to take eight – that’s a privilege of a few of us who really have a calling to do that. Just take one – it costs about 30 Euros per month which is really not much. Consider what you pay when you are eating out on one evening or how much you spend on one single shopping weekend for clothes you probably wear only once or twice!
There are three well-known international organisations via which you can sponsor children. In alphabetical order these are Compassion (Christian), Plan (secular) and World Vision (Christian). There are also several smaller organisations, like Diaconia via which we sponsor “our” children, but maybe not all of them are as trustworthy. If you have doubts, it’s always best to choose one of the well-known ones. In any case, please consider sponsoring a child – it’s worth it! Change the world one child at a time!