A ‘wise beyond her years’, Anne Frank said: “No one has ever become poor by giving”. And she’s right.
Despite all the ups and downs that life has thrown at me throughout the years, one constant through my 20s, 30s and now into my 40s has been my ongoing commitment to sponsoring a child through World Vision.
Before I was even a mother myself, I sponsored five-year-old Brazilian Henrique (Carlos) Di Loma. Our 17-year sponsorship relationship only finished in 2013 when Carlos became independent and it was such a valuable experience I did it all again – but this time for my business, The Transcription People (TTP).
Sponsoring Carlos was a personal commitment I have always been extremely proud of. While it seems so simple, my ability to help someone like Carlos meant so much to him and his family. This commitment now spills over into my business, through which I have always sought out opportunities to ‘give back’. It made sense to me that once my personal sponsor child left the World Vision program, I’d sponsor a new child through TTP.
Enter Senkula (Sudais), a nine-year-old boy from Nabiswera, Uganda who is TTP’s sponsor child. I asked World Vision to choose a child living in a region most in need of our support, and Sudais was matched with TTP. I am thrilled Sudais will help me extend the 20-year relationship I have with the charity into TTP.
One of the aspects I enjoy with World Vision’s sponsorship program is the ongoing communication between the sponsor and the sponsored child’s community through letters, cards and online. It feels great to know TTP and its wider community of staff, contractors, clients and associates are all playing a part in helping prepare and equip Sudais’ community for future success.
Giving back means a lot of different things to different people. For some it’s working in the school canteen, raising money for a charity via a sponsored fun run or swapping a day of work a month to volunteer. What does giving back mean to you?
If you want to find out more about World Vision’s child sponsorship program, visit their website.