Dassari was 15 and living in a violence-plagued community in Honduras when she received a letter from her World Vision sponsor that changed the course of her life. She now works as a teacher in her community and wants to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of girls, just as she was once encouraged by her sponsor.
When Bernard was young, his town in Haiti lacked access to healthcare. He dreamed of becoming a doctor to help care for his community. When he became a sponsored child, he worked to make his ambition a reality.
After his parents abandoned him as a boy, Janvie joined a World Vision child sponsorship program in the Philippines. There, he gained skills and experience that gave him the confidence to grow into the leader that he is today, even now sponsoring a child himself.
A World Vision former sponsored child in the Philippines now works as a healthcare worker. She was studying to be an OB-GYN nurse when the coronavirus struck. Now she works as a frontline healthcare worker caring for people infected with the virus.
As a teenager and sponsored child in Colombia, Mayerly Sanchez co-led a Children’s Peace Movement that was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She’s still fighting violence with love.
Atul Mrong grew up poor in Bangladesh, but life changed when he was sponsored through World Vision. Now he helps lead the Rohingya refugee response.
Through World Vision, a former sponsored child from El Salvador becomes an advocate and water official in his impoverished community to access clean water.
A World Vision former sponsored child now plans birthday parties for World Vision-sponsored children in southern Zambia.
Ruth grew up in a Bolivian village rife with abuse, alcoholism, and abandonment. She has a passion for seeking justice on behalf of children. Through World Vision sponsorship and a friendship with Rich Stearns, World Vision U.S. president, she found the strength and support to live out her dream of becoming a lawyer.
Jackson Ole Sapit became sponsored through World Vision as a child. Today he works as the archbishop of the Anglican Church in Kenya.