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The parents’ perspective: what it means when your child is sponsored

“I know now that my son can have a bright future.”


parents' perspective of sponsorship

Nyirasabimana sits in silence for a moment, trying to hold back tears as the sun shines into her one-room home in Rwanda. “These are tears of joy, not sadness,” she explains with a laugh. “If Tuyishime was not sponsored, I can’t even picture how his life would be today.”

We often get asked what parents think about their child being sponsored through the Compassion programme. So let’s hear from them.

The start of the journey

parents with children in the Philippines

In the Philippines, the Batangan Child Development Centre recently registered another 103 children from the surrounding communities. So what do their parents think?

“I am so happy,” Abelardo says with a big smile. “I know now that my son can have a bright future, thanks to this [programme]. He will go to school and have a life that is different from mine.”

Abelardo and his 4-year-old son, Nico, live in the mountains in the Quezon Province where people have fished, herded animals and engaged in subsistence farming for generations to earn a living. For Aberlardo’s family, not having enough food is a regular obstacle to overcome. Sponsorship means the start of something different for Nico.

Parents' perspective of sponsorship

Melanie Velasco is also delighted her 5-year-old twin daughters, Angel Joy and Angel Mae, are sponsored.

“Our house is far away, at the other end of this path, and we just walked coming here today with my daughters and me carrying my baby,” Melanie says. “I don’t mind the sacrifice, as long as my daughters get the chance to study. They are very happy to be here, and they are excited when they learnt that soon they will receive bags, shoes, school uniform and an umbrella.”

Supported throughout childhood

Danna lives with her mum in her grandmother’s house in Colombia along with her two siblings. They stay there as her mum, Martha, is unemployed and unable to afford rent.
“When [Project Director] Deniluz talked to me about the project, I thought it would be a good place for Danna. People at the project were interested in Danna’s health and helped her. Danna used to be malnourished and sick. Thanks to the project's help and support Danna is doing better now,” Martha says.

Parents' perspective of sponsorship

“Danna has improved her health, but she also has learnt important things like personal care, washing her hands before eating, brushing [her] teeth correctly, being organised and having good relationships. Before Danna was sponsored, she used to fight with neighbours’ children, but now she says she should not fight.”

The Compassion graduate

Which takes us back to Rwanda and Nyirasabimana. Her husband passed away when her son Tuyishime was one, leaving her to take care of their two children.

parents' perspective of sponsorship

“I had not had any education, so being able to take care of two children as a single parent was so hard,” Nyirasabimana says. “I got a job as a cleaner to see if I could make ends meet, but the money was not enough to provide for the basic needs of my two children.”
In 2005, Tuyishime was sponsored through the Compassion programme. He was able to go to school, receive food, medical check-ups and support in his studies. Determined to succeed, he studied hard and in 2015 he emerged as the second-best student in the Rwanda Advanced Level Certificate of Education.

“I can’t find the right words to express how I felt when I got to know he was a top student,” shares Nyirasabimana. “It’s all God’s grace. If Tuyishime was not sponsored, I can’t even picture how his life would be today. But I’m grateful to God in everything. I always pray and thank God for his sponsors, who are always willing to offer support to a child they have never met. May God continue to bless his sponsors.”

Tuyishime received a government scholarship to attend the University of Rwanda College of Business where he is studying a degree in business administration and finance.

There are so many more stories of the impact of sponsorship not only upon the child but their parents. From children teaching their parents to read, to caregivers gaining employment and more, your sponsorship is making a huge difference.

WORDS : Roz Walsh, Edwin Estioko, Lina Marcela Alarcón and Doreen Umutesi

PHOTOS : Compassion International


 

Article Comments

Thank you for sharing the parents' point of view

I have just started to sponsor a little boy who lives with his grandmother - I feel so much for her having the responsibility of raising him alone. I have been wondering how she feels about her grandson being sponsored, and I hope she will feel the same encouragement and comfort that these parents do, knowing someone is standing with her in this situation.
5 September 2017 |  Author : Philippa

Parents and sponsership

It's wonderful to read these stories! Please keep posting them. They are so encouraging!
21 August 2017 |  Author : Charis

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Reading the story and updates from Compassion bring so much joy in my heart. To also hear of the parents perspective is so special, and as a parent myself it gives me insight to the lives of the children we sponsor. I praise God for the opportunity to be part of their journey in life. I also give thanks to God for Compassion, because in Jesus name thousands of lives if not even millions of lives are being transformed. All glory to our Father in heaven. Thank you Compassion :-)
9 August 2017 |  Author : Ully-lange

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I thank God that I started to sponsor a child. I have a great great granddaughter who is 12 yrs old. So now I have a little boy who is 7 yrs old. I pray I will be blessed to live to see them both grow up to love God as I do.
8 August 2017 |  Author : pauline jones

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Thank you for your pictures and all your comments. It makes me feel happy and grateful to God that all his children (includes all ages and living creatures) can be helped by sponsorship.
3 August 2017 |  Author : Eileen
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Thank you for sharing the parents' point of view

I have just started to sponsor a little boy who lives with his grandmother - I feel so much for her having the responsibility of raising him alone. I have been wondering how she feels about her grandson being sponsored, and I hope she will feel the same encouragement and comfort that these parents do, knowing someone is standing with her in this situation.
5 September 2017 |  Author : Philippa

Parents and sponsership

It's wonderful to read these stories! Please keep posting them. They are so encouraging!
21 August 2017 |  Author : Charis

Comment

Reading the story and updates from Compassion bring so much joy in my heart. To also hear of the parents perspective is so special, and as a parent myself it gives me insight to the lives of the children we sponsor. I praise God for the opportunity to be part of their journey in life. I also give thanks to God for Compassion, because in Jesus name thousands of lives if not even millions of lives are being transformed. All glory to our Father in heaven. Thank you Compassion :-)
9 August 2017 |  Author : Ully-lange

comment

I thank God that I started to sponsor a child. I have a great great granddaughter who is 12 yrs old. So now I have a little boy who is 7 yrs old. I pray I will be blessed to live to see them both grow up to love God as I do.
8 August 2017 |  Author : pauline jones

Sponsorship

Thank you for your pictures and all your comments. It makes me feel happy and grateful to God that all his children (includes all ages and living creatures) can be helped by sponsorship.
3 August 2017 |  Author : Eileen
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