"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."
"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.
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.
>> 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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