World Vision's Carla Kweifio-Okai meets former sponsored child David Chaucca, who was sponsored for 13 years. David was the first in his community to go to university. Photo by Ilana Rose, World Vision.
As part of my job in social media at World Vision I get to speak to you, our supporters, on a daily basis. This has to be my favourite part of the job, since you’re all passionate about making a difference and just generally awesome.
Recently, we put the call-out on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for any questions people might have about our work. We got a big response, with questions ranging from how sponsor children are selected to whether we work with people of different religions (which we most definitely do). We compiled these questions and took them to the communities where we work, where World Vision staff and community members answered them on video. We’re excited to share these with you over the next couple of months, and you can take a sneak peek over on our YouTube channel.
One of the questions we received was from a supporter named Kat, who asked us what happens to children after child sponsorship ends in their communities. While in Peru recently, I met a former sponsored child named David. After hearing his amazing story it was clear that the answer to Kat’s question was staring right back at me.
David, now 26, was sponsored by a generous Australian supporter for 13 years, from the age of 5 until he was 18. He grew up in a rural mountainous village in Peru, where there weren’t many opportunities for children apart from helping their parents on their family farms.
Thanks to the support David received from World Vision, he was able to go to school. After sponsorship ended for him, he continued to reap the benefits of the good work happening in his community. The adults around him now placed a greater value on education, and David became the first in his community to go to university.
He has just finished his tourism degree, and plans to work as a tour guide showing visitors around his beloved country.
“What makes me happier is not that I was the first but that there are other children following, we have many children finishing school and more studying at university now. That is the change we are seeing,” David told me.
David’s story is one of many, but he showed me that our dreams have a ripple effect. Because he dared to dream of a university education, many others from his community are following in his footsteps. All this month, World Vision has been sharing dreams of sponsor children from around the world, take a look at our #dreamshare project and share your dream too, we’d love to hear from you.