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Sri Lanka: Sponsorship brings insight to blind relatives

A child sponsored through World Vision shares education with her blind mother and aunt.

March 2008

Swarna, 7, shows her mother a painting that she did in school.
Swarna, 7, shows her mother a painting that she did in school. Swarna's sponsorship through World Vision has proven valuable for her entire family — her mother and aunt are both blind, but they listen carefully as Swarna reads to them what she learned in school.
Photo © 2007 Hasanthi Jayamaha/World Vision
Seven-year-old Swarna sits beside her mother, gently takes her hand, and guides her finger down a page of her schoolbook. Her mother beams as she feels every tick mark — correct, correct, correct.

"Amma, see the picture I painted," Swarna says, next guiding her mother's finger across a drawing she made in class.

Smiling, her mother recognizes the shape and says, "It's a swan."

Sight for the blind

"Read to me what you have written in class today," Swarna's mother asks, eager to learn what Swarna has learned.

Swarna lives in Sri Lanka with her mother, her grandmother, and her aunt. Both her mother and aunt are blind. Swarna is their eyes, helping them around the house and guiding them to the well close by for their baths.

Swarna is also their teacher. Their favorite time of day is listening to Swarna read what she learned in school.

"I am not so literate, and it thrills me to hear what she is learning. We are learning with her," says her mother, who was not able to get an education like Swarna when she was young.

'Everything she needs'

A World Vision donor has sponsored Swarna since 2003. The sponsor has connected with Swarna by sending cards and photographs of her family. Swarna especially likes photos of her sponsor's little daughter. "She is very small and very pretty," she says.

Thanks to her sponsor, Swarna is able to receive an education that would otherwise be impossible.

"I would have never been able to send her to school without the support of World Vision," says her mother. "She receives all the books and pencils and everything she needs to continue her studies."

Through Swarna's studies, her entire family is learning and gaining insight, their vision growing every day.

Learn more

>> Read an article about another family in Sri Lanka whose burden was eased when World Vision constructed new housing for them following the devastating tsunami of 2004.
>> Read more about World Vision's work in Sri Lanka.

Two ways you can help

>> Thank God for the ways in which sponsorship has benefited Swarna and her entire family, and pray that it would continue to be a means through which they can grow in spite of their personal challenges. Pray also for other children around the world who still are awaiting sponsors.
>> Sponsor a child in Sri Lanka. Your support will foster long-term strength and help a child like Swarna to grow into a strong, healthy adult capable of reaching his or her God-given potential.

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