Both girls were eventually enrolled in the program and given opportunities their families could never have afforded. Through the sponsorship program, each afternoon they ate nutritious food, received study help and exercised with other children. When the program closed at 6 p.m., they headed home with heads full of new knowledge and motivation.
“The teachers are very loving and very kind, and if we don’t understand anything from our school lessons, they are always there to help us,” Kaila says.
“When we don’t have enough resources … and then someone comes and gives us [these things], it really fills us with joy and happiness.”
Then the pandemic hit. Schools closed, and the child sponsorship program couldn’t operate as usual. But the staff didn’t forget Sabinna, Kaila and the other children. They continued serving the community by distributing essential supplies to the children, their families and others in need. They held events to give out necessities, including rice, oil, salt and hand sanitizer. As the time approached for schools to reopen, they gave the children tracksuits and schools supplies, including 12 notebooks, six pens, a ruler and a geometry box—supplies that some families would have had to spend weeks or months saving for.
“I am very … glad that we have received the set of school supplies and also the clothes,” Kaila says. “When we don’t have enough resources … and then someone comes and gives us [these things], it really fills us with joy and happiness.”
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