G’day. When I started the sponsorship of 5 kids in a slum in Manila, I had no idea we would grow to who we are today. In the beginning, it was a case of sponsoring a few kids, which turned into sponsoring a whole family (including creating work for the parents), and it soon became adopting an entire community.
This meant rebuilding the elementary school and introducing a feeding program to keep the students alert and awake so that they could learn effectively. It meant building a brand-new health clinic capable of serving all emergency needs including child birth. And it also meant forming a farmer’s association to create work opportunities, providing input loans, creating a reliable water supply, environmental awareness initiatives and so much more.
For me, this is a life-long commitment. Moving people out of poverty is one thing, but keeping them out of poverty permanently is the ultimate goal, and I’m not leaving til the job is done.