To give the gift of an education to a child has an
immeasurable impact on their life. Education is the building block for human development and that is particularly so for an orphan.
I am so fortunate to be a flight attendant for Delta Airlines because it allows me to
see first hand the difference sponsorship makes for a child. Just knowing that
someone in the world cares for them builds incredible self confidence, self esteem
and for the first time in their young lives, makes them feel so proud. To receive a
letter from their sponsor or perhaps some school supplies is so appreciated. I’m
lucky to see the smile on their faces and the difference it makes in their day.
Sponsorship is a gift
My experience is a little out of the
ordinary. I have a personal relationship with “my” kids due to
my job. I began sponsoring an adorable little girl, Kuukwa. She seemed
so sad, quiet and lonely when I first met her. I later
found out that that wasn’t at all her
nature. As soon as she began school,
put on her uniform and backpack,
she changed completely to a chatty,
happy and confident little girl. Before I knew it, Daniel and then Fostina both came into my life — and I
had three sponsored children!
It truly is a gift having them in my
life. It has extended my family; we just have a few miles between us. I have expectations for them. I ask that they try hard in school the same as I ask of my
daughter at home. The sponsored children understand that they are the lucky ones
and they definitely do not take that for granted. Giving an education to a child in
Africa simply means they have a chance in life. A chance of a job, a chance to be
happy and a chance for a future. And sponsors have a chance to experience the
joys of sponsorship.