Denis Margega, 12, has had vision problems for many years. Unfortunately, no one ever addressed it, and he, a quiet and shy boy, never complained about it. But Denis' blurry world finally started to clear when he became a World Vision-sponsored child in December 2005.
Denis lives in a one-room house with his parents and 3-year-old brother in Balldren village, near the town of Lezha in northern Albania. The Margegas moved from a mountainous area to Balldren in search of work and a better life.
The family survives off the meager income Denis' father, Sokol, earns from his construction job. Sokol is working hard to build another room to the family's house. "It has been hard to finish it. I work on it by myself when I have some free time and when finances allow. Of course, Denis is helping me a little," says Sokol with a proud smile as he pats his son on the shoulder.
The boy is very grateful for his World Vision sponsor in the United Kingdom and for all the opportunities sponsorship provides, like education. Denis is attending the brand-new school that World Vision built nearby.
Sponsorship also provides yearly health checks with a pediatrician for Denis and the other children in his village. And this year, sponsorship funds provided the opportunity for 18 children from Balldren village, including Denis, to see an ophthalmologist.
After the doctor diagnosed all 18 children with myopia — a condition that causes distant objects to appear blurry — World Vision staff made sure each child received a vision-correcting pair of glasses.
Denis no longer sits at the back of the classroom, afraid of being called on to read. Instead, he now actively participates in lessons from the front of the room.
"He now feels a lot more comfortable when reading from the board," says Denis' mother, Hane. "The teacher has had him sitting in one of the first few rows these past few months.
"The glasses have helped my son socially, too," she adds. "Before, he was timid playing soccer with his friends because he couldn't see the ball very well. But now, he is so much more confident. The glasses have made a huge difference in Denis' life.
"We are so grateful that World Vision could help our son," Hane says.
>> Thank God that Denis was able receive a pair of life-changing eyeglasses through sponsorship. Pray that other children in need, who may have special needs, will also receive the gift of sponsorship. The benefits it offers can be all a child needs to tap into his or her God-given potential.
>> Sponsor a child in Albania. You can make a lasting difference in the life of a child like Denis.
>> If you're already a sponsor, become a World Vision Child Ambassador, and share with others about the joy of sharing material, emotional, and spiritual support with a child in need.
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