|Toddler drinking milk from his bottle, which may be cancerous as the plastic melts under the hot sun|
My first involvement in child sponsorship was with a little girl in India. Below is an e-mail I had received from the child sponsorship organisation (NOT World Vision).
, Alas, I decided to withdraw from this child sponsorship after six months as I began to grow suspicious of the way in which the funds were used. The organisation was based in the United States and I found it really hard to get it to be accountable for the funds. On top of that, I felt it was overly focused on Gospel sharing and that there was a bias — it seemed to unfairly favour Christian kids. I had never received a single letter from my child, and the organisation sent me lots of promotional materials asking me to contribute much more (without me ever really seeing the results of the contributions)! However, World Vision is different because it does not favour any particular religion and non-Christians can also join the organisation.
|Chickens roaming freely amidst laundry left out in the sun.|
|A small hostel room at a hospital located at the foot of the mountains|
|A farmer surveying her crops.|
|The dirty and sparsely-furnished bedroom of a child|
|A typical family dining table.|
|Child resting against a pillar|
Most of the time, we experienced a significant language barrier with the villagers as they spoke a native dialect. One of the translators we met (below) was from a nearby village. He had the chance to live in the city only because he excelled in school, but felt obligated to return to his friends and family in the village to help them out as best as he could.
|One of the translators from a nearby village|
|Mother with a baby on her back|
I have a lot more to say about my child sponsorship journey, and intend to share more in subsequent posts. If the idea of child sponsorship has piqued your interest, visit this website for more details! Stay tuned for further updates.
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