It started waaaaay back in college. I do not remember why, but my dorm floor decided to sponsor a child from Children International. It amounted to less than a dollar per person each month. When the school year ended we did not want to just drop her and I ended up taking her.
Her name was Yaneth and she lives in Columbia. I kept sponsoring her until a couple years ago when I received a letter saying she was no longer eligible for the program. Why was this younger teenager kicked out? She got married … to someone much older who could provide for her so her parents could be relieved of the financial burden. I was shocked but apparently this not so uncommon.
They asked if I would like to keep sponsoring and we choose to sponsor another little girl from Columbia.
I was cleaning up the computer desk when I ran across a progress report they had sent us recently. Luz is now eight years old and might have a learning disorder (can she still break the poverty cycle?). Her family’s income is about $150/month so the help they receive from Children International allows her to have the things she needs to go to school and stay healthy.