World Vision sponsorship opens the door for a child's success in education.
Nowe Mae excels in academics, as evidenced by her recent graduation at the top of her class. Because of the financial assistance included in World Vision sponsorship, Nowe Mae's school fees are covered. "World Vision took this big burden from our shoulders," says the young girls' mom. © 2007 Leoniza O. Morales/World Vision
World Vision sponsorship has a lot of fans. It stands to reason that tens of thousands of them are sponsored children.
But for many parents, their child's sponsorship is a dream come true. Such is the case for Nowe Mae's father, Noe.
A sponsored child in the Philippines, Nowe Mae recently graduated as valedictorian of her elementary school, an experience she describes as "a gift." She acknowledges that "World Vision and my sponsors … were a big part of this achievement!"
A Father's Dream
Though she is from a low-income family, the 12-year-old is proud of her parents. Her father is a farmer; her mother, a stay-at-home caregiver to the children. Nowe Mae has a clear memory from childhood of her father saying his biggest dream was for his children to obtain wisdom.
This dream began to take root when Nowe Mae and her sister were finally able to attend school. Because of the financial assistance included in their World Vision sponsorships, their school fees, as well as uniform and school supply costs, were covered. "World Vision took this big burden from our shoulders," says Violeta, the young girls' mom, referring to the help the family receives with their daughters' school fees.
Nowe Mae acknowledges. "Without World Vision's help, it would be very difficult for my parents to send me and my two sisters to school."
Though public school in the developing world is often 'free,' the few dollars required for school fees, uniforms, and supplies often prohibit impoverished families from affording their children's education.
Sponsorship Launches Dreams
Nowe Mae, 12, sits with her father, Noe, and mother, Violeta. © 2007 Leoniza O. Morales/World Vision
Noe maintains that education enables his children to "pursue their dreams." Clearly, his dreams for his children are now bearing fruit.
Nowe Mae has excelled in academics, evidenced by her recent graduation at the top of her class. Moreover, her participation in extracurricular activities has enabled her to expand her musical and artistic abilities. For example, she has represented her school in a flower arrangement contest, has actively participated in the Girl Scouts, and is a member of her school's drum and bugle corps.
Recently, the star adolescent even received a second-place ribbon in a local writing contest for her poem, "A Bright Child, The Pride of the Family and Nation."
Sponsorship Helps Families, Too
In addition to the educational opportunities made available to Nowe Mae and her sister through their sponsorships, the rest of the family has also benefited, gaining access to:
- Clean water
- Nutritious food
- Health care
- Spiritual nurture
World Vision's custom-designed programs, developed in collaboration with community leaders, help to address the key spiritual and physical needs of local communities. Our child-focused programs also benefit non-sponsored children and their families. The rationale behind this approach is quite simple: Children remain poor as long as their families and communities lack economic opportunities
A Blessed Relationship
Violeta has also appreciated Nowe Mae's sponsors' personal investment in the family.
"We enjoyed reading their letters. Through their stories, we have come to know their family. They ask us to pray for them, as they also have their struggles and problems. They never fail to greet every one of us during our birthdays."
Eventually, Nowe Mae wants to meet her sponsors and tell them how they have been a blessing to her whole family. "World Vision and my sponsors [play] a significant part in my life — I will be forever grateful to them!"
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Two Ways You Can Help
>> Pray that World Vision sponsorship would continue to be a means through which children in need around the world are able to experience life in all its fullness, as it has done for Nowe Mae and her family in the Philippines.
>> Become a child sponsor. You can directly change the life of one child while improving the living conditions for an entire community and other children in crisis.