by Virginia Sowers
ChildFund Community Manager
When our bus pulled up at the park, the children were waiting tentatively. Most had traveled long distances from ChildFund projects in Kenya the prior day—many had never been away from home, much less in a large city like Nairobi.
Yet, with the skillful coordination of ChildFund Kenya staff, children and their guardians were quickly matched with sponsors — and the day of fun and fellowship began.
“Meeting my child was fantastic,” says Sylvia Moran, who traveled from Alexandria, Va. “Moreen is three years old, and she’s just a beautiful little child. Her mother came with her, and it was obvious that she is a good mother. It was just such a wonderful day. I’m so glad I did it, and I’m looking forward to going on more study tours with ChildFund.”
For Marie-Paule and Jeff De Valdivia of Westport, Conn., meeting 6-year-old Daisy was a memorable moment. “It was really lovely to meet our sponsored child, who clearly is living in extreme poverty right now, but is incredibly bright and possibly has an incredible future ahead of her,” says Marie-Paule. “For me, personally, I loved it because I really see the opportunity to make a difference, and we bonded with her really well. It was great.”
Jeff adds, “I hope we’ll be able to help Daisy’s mother in a significant way so that she will be better able to take care of Daisy as well as three others, and one coming. Healthcare for Daisy’s mother is a primary short-term concern. Then it will be education for Daisy. Of course, I’ve started dreaming about her going to university.”
Across the park, similar sponsor-child stories played out, as gifts were exchanged and morning tea was sipped.
Sponsor Mel Zwissler of Powell, Ohio, entertained his four sponsored children with bubble blowing and hilarious antics that caused giggles to erupt.
It wasn’t long until a soccer game was under way and balloons were floating in the breeze.
Changing a childhood will change the world.