Dunbar student travels to Rwanda to visit sponsored child

Dunbar student travels to Rwanda to visit sponsored child

Dunbar resident Natasha McClintick has just returned from Rwanda where she met Monique, the child she has been sponsoring more than two years, through child development charity, Compassion UK.

19-year-old Natasha, a student at the University of Dundee, travelled to Rwanda with her local church, Dunbar Parish Church, who have a partnership with Living Church based in Kibungo, southeastern Rwanda.

Natasha McClintick sponsor visit

“Meeting Monique was an emotional experience. It was so humbling to be welcomed into her home and share stories, gifts and food with her family,” reflects the primary teaching student.

12-year-old Monique lives in on the plains of Gatare 1 km northeast of Kibungo. Homes in her neighbourhood are typically constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud or brick walls and tin roofs.  Most adults in Gatare work as day labourers, in domestic service, as subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of £10 per month.

“I also got to visit a Compassion project and met the staff who work with Monique. I was so impressed by the difference they make to the children’s lives,” shares Natasha. “Last year Monique suffered from malaria and she was able to receive the essential medical treatment needed to make a full recovery. She can now grow into a healthy, confident young woman.”

In Rwanda, nearly one in 10 children die before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes such as pneumonia, malaria, diarrhoea and chronic malnutrition. Malaria remains a major killer in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in West and Central Africa, where it accounts for 13 percent of under-five deaths; in Eastern and Southern Africa, malaria accounts for 5 percent of under-five deaths.

Natasha’s sponsorship enables Monique to be part of her local Compassion project where she receives nutritious meals, emotional support, medical attention, health screenings and the chance to get a good quality education.

Natasha concludes: “I would really recommend child sponsorship, the experience will not only change the life of the child and their family but your life too.”

Compassion UK

Words by Compassion UK


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Compassion UK Christian Child Development, registered charity in England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059). A company limited by guarantee, Registered in England and Wales company number 03719092. Registered address: Compassion House, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UT.