by Frances Correa, ChildFund Communications Assistant
It was while browsing through pictures of children from South America, that I just could not take it anymore. After five months of creating videos for ChildFund, I have heard and seen dozens of heart-wrenching stories of deprived, excluded and vulnerable children all over the world.
Looking at the faces of those children and hearing their stories every day, I could no longer just sit by in my cubicle and watch it happen. I have completed some 15 videos of children, and nearly every one makes me choke up. So, I decided to finally sponsor a child.
Having graduated from college just a week ago, my budget is fairly limited. Nonetheless, $28 a month seems like nothing after seeing how far that money goes to forever improving the lives of needy children.
As a native Spanish speaker, I wanted to sponsor a child in a Spanish-speaking country so that I could relate to her and correspond with her in her own language.
So I took the elevator down to ChildFund’s Donor Services and signed up to be the sponsor of 11-year-old Josseline Elena living in the Carchi area of Ecuador. Josseline lives in a house that her family is currently borrowing. The house is made of brick walls, a mud-tiled roof and cement flooring. She lives there with her parents and three siblings.
According to her background brief, her father supports the family with a meager income of $100 a month. Although the cost of living in Ecuador is little compared to the U.S., this salary is not enough to support a Ecuadoran family of six. Her mother is a housewife, busy caring for her home and children.
Josseline helps her mother to wash the clothes. She enjoys hopscotch. Her favorite subjects in school are computation and English. The description praised her as intelligent, extroverted, generous, friendly, affectionate, pretty and smart.
As I finished the paperwork, Russell (the Donor Services team member helping me) handed me a colorful plastic noisemaker and said, “Now you have to do this.” Although I was a bit apprehensive, I grabbed the clapper and shook it. Clapping immediately came from every corner of the office. Apparently, this is the way they celebrate new sponsorships in Donor Services.
I can now do my work with a little more peace of mind, knowing that because of my small monthly sacrifice, Josseline will enjoy a better life. That’ll put a smile on anyone’s face.