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27 March 2014
Yesterday, I received the daily blog entry from Compassion, which directed me to a YouTube video called "who is your hero?" It was a short video, a minute or so, of children being asked who their hero was. "Superman? Miley Cyrus? Justin Bieber?" and the kids laughing and answering "my sponsor," one child after another. Now I have to wonder if the kids had ever heard of their choices...(and the questioner pronounced it "Miley Cyrius")...and it was a cute video for sponsors to see and make them feel good.
But while I was on the Compassion YouTube page, I watched several other videos, made while sponsors made visits to their sponsored children, and other videos about the life changes that come about through the Compassion program.
One of the first I watched was this gentleman visiting his child in Uganda. It was an awkward meeting, where the girl was placed in his lap and he began to give her gifts, which she didn't seem to know what to do with. I wasn't sure that the meeting was as joyous for her as it was for him, though a later video showed them all walking to her house away from the Compassion project.
In contrast was this video, Meeting Hector, where sponsor and child were overjoyed to see each other and could not stop hugging each other. Or this one of a woman from America meeting her sponsored child in Swaziland, the affection of them both for each other so plain on both of their faces as they couldn't stop smiling or hugging each other.
A sad video was this gentleman's meeting of his child, Emmanuel, in Bolivia. Emmanuel is one of 7 children of the same mother and 7 different fathers. He had the same sad, detached look that I see on the face of my sponsored child, Theresa in Ghana, as I wonder if I will ever see her smile. Emmanuel sat in his sponsor's lap and was very shy but he brought his sponsor to tears when he was asked what he liked best about Compassion and he replied that he liked going to church and when he was asked what he liked about going to church he said, tears streaming down his face, "nobody hits me there." As the translator translated, the mother, sitting to the side of the sponsor nursing another child, began to cry and said that she didn't want to be the way she was, but that sometimes she couldn't help herself.
It was so terribly raw, unexpected, and tragic and you could see the kind of impact that Compassion has in the lives of families, trying to make things better for them. By the end of the video, the Emmanuel was crying, his mother was crying, the sponsor was crying and unable to find the words, and I was crying watching them all.
It's the kind of video that makes you wonder what happens to these children as they go through the Compassion program and age out.
Cathy Green from Australia sponsored Rafonzel for 15 years and in this video meets herfor the first time, after she completed a degree in mass communications. She had made a plaque for her sponsor, thanking her for the years of her sponsorship, and included the medal she won when she graduated magne cum laude.
Juan David Dominguez Galvez's journey from age 5 to adulthood was covered in this video, where he talks about the change Compassion had made in his life. He is now studying to be a physician.
Margaret Makhota, from Uganda, became a sponsored child at age 12. She lived in a poor village and went through the Compassion program, and its leadership program, graduated from university and is now a Uganda Senator.
This video moved me because it shows how a family reacts when they learn that their child has been admitted to the Compassion program, and made me see first hand how grateful the families are, and how they realize they now have hope for their child.
Children's dreams are big and through Compassion many of them are able to realize those dreams.
Four former sponsored children meet together with someone from
Compassion to share what was important to them in letters from their sponsors. It
made me put aside the videos and the Kleenex and write letters to my sponsored kids.
"What you write are dreams that you give to children."
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