Time and time again we hear incredible stories from sponsors who've visited their sponsored children and been overwhelmed by the impact the Compassion programme is making. Here are 5 of our favourites from recent visits.
Compassion sponsorship changes lives ... but don't just take our word for it, take theirs:
1. “It was especially emotional to meet Alemshet and experience a bond that is real, profound and a source of hope for us both. The meeting brought alive the reality of sponsorship, the difference it has made and will go on making. I am drawn to the conclusion that Compassion is able to translate the vast issue of global poverty to the life, hope and future of the individual child.” Howard Petch, Yorkshire
Howard Petch visited 12-year-old Alemshet, his sponsored child in Ethiopia, October 2015.
2. “I had travelled over 500km off my route but it was worth every metre to tell this child that she is precious and to tell the local project staff that they are doing a great work by bringing education, health, food and spiritual guidance to the children of this community. You cannot put a price on the hope and the possibilities that are now open to these children even, if they live at the end of the road to nowhere.” Steve Houghton, Cornwall
Steve Houghton travelled over 9,000 miles across Africa on motorbike meeting his own and friends’ sponsored children along the way throughout November and December 2015.
3. “As I walked towards Linda’s house her mother ran to greet me. She had tears in her eyes and she gave me the biggest hug. Linda was shy at first but as time went on she opened up and smiled a lot. They were so grateful for my support – which was overwhelming because in reality, I really don’t do much – it’s the local Compassion staff who do everything.” Jess Owens visited 13-year-old Linda in Ghana, October 2015
4. “You can read these stories in magazines but actually listening to the beneficiaries tell their stories has given me a much better understanding … meeting Misgana and her mum was extremely special. Her mum explained that I had done everything they had asked without knowing what they needed. I was so humbled that somehow I was an answer to their prayers." Shade Olutobi, London
Shade Olutobi visited Misgana, six, in Ethiopia, October 2015.
5. “We found ourselves overwhelmed by the thanks that we received from Doris’ family, but we didn’t deserve this praise. We didn’t go completely out of our way or break the bank to sponsor Doris. We wondered what it would be like if the roles were reversed. What if we were the one needing a sponsor from the other side of the world in order to have an education, a decent quality of life?” Katie and Anna Savage, Solihull
Katie and Anna Savage, visited 20-year-old Doris in Bolivia in October 2015.
Fancy being inspired yourself? If you sponsor a child in Tanzania or if you'd like to experience Compassion's work firsthand, we still have places left on our Supporter Insight trip to Tanzania in November 2016.
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