Stories of success

When you sponsor a child, you can contribute to incredible change across a whole community. Here are some stories of children who have experienced this impact.

Stories of success

When you sponsor a child, you can contribute to incredible change across a whole community. Here are some stories of children who have experienced this impact.

Hnin: A true handmaid’s tale

Warning: This story contains material that is distressing.

Hnin fell in front of the police officers, grabbing at the officer’s trousers and pleading.


What the officers didn’t know was that Hnin had been sold into slavery – twice. Tricked by people she thought were her friends, Hnin had been sold, assaulted by her captors, starved and forced to bear children. In one home, she had to sleep with ten family members to get pregnant.

It was a nightmare that Hnin only escaped after three years – and only narrowly. 

Now, when the officers saw Hnin’s injuries, they believed her. With the help of World Vision, Hnin got the opportunity to testify against her trafficker in court. 

Today, she has had the support to start her own small business. But she continues to tell her story to raise awareness of trafficking – a horror that continues to ensnare hundreds ofthousands of women and girls each year. 


Jatin: The hands no child should have

Near the Taj Mahal, tourists browse the shoes on sale at the market stalls. They don’t question where the shoes came from.

But down in the dark in a residential home, 13-year-old Jatin is cutting leather pieces. His hands are lined and aged beyond his years, and he is surrounded by heavy machinery and sharp tools.


It isn’t safe for a teenager like him, and his father is heartbroken he can’t give Jatin the education he deserves.

But Jatin knows he must work ten-hour days to support his family. His handiwork – a meticulous line of leather shoes – look so perfect that it’s sobering to realise they’ve been made by a child.

“I know I can’t go back to school anymore. Supporting my family is the most important thing now,” Jatin says. Then he adds, “But I still dream of becoming a cricket superstar someday.”


Misha*: Lifeline to hope 

It was three years ago, when she was trying to buy a block of ice from her neighbours, that eight-year-old Misha* was assaulted by a 17-year-old boy.

The attack left Misha so traumatised that she refused to leave her home. Sadly, despite her community’s support, the police didn’t take any further action against the boy.


That’s when World Vision staff stepped in to help. The team empowered Misha’s mother Anju* to seek legal assistance, and Misha was given medical tests and psychological support. Even more importantly, Misha’s case was investigated, and the 17-year-old boy was arrested.

“The CPU assisted me and helped my family get the justice that we deserved,” Anju*, Misha’s mother, says. Misha has endured more than any child should. But she continues to hope, and dreams of being a teacher.

*Names have been changed to protect identities

Shaila*: Not a victim 

She has a smile that can light up a room – but 11-year-old Shaila* has faced plenty of difficulties.

She was born with a birth defect that caused a damaged arm, meaning that she was particularly susceptible to violence. People also pointed her out as “that disabled girl”, which impacted her confidence.


However, things began to look up when Shaila was sponsored through World Vision. Through sponsorship, Shaila was able to get extra support at school. She also loves attending children’s club and Disability People’s Organisation started by World Vision.

“I get support from my children’s club. There I feel loved and accepted... There is no big, no small. We treat everyone equally,” Shaila says. Today, she is growing in confidence and learning she can do tasks her way. Her future looks bright! 

*Names have been changed to protect identities

Sherinah: Justice for school abuse

When 12-year-old Sherinah got into trouble at school, she might have expected her teacher to help settle the problem.

Instead, her teacher began to relentlessly bully her, forcing her to carry eight jerry cans for water to wash the floor and telling her she was a “lost cause” in front of her class.


But fortunately, World Vision was on the scene and was helping train the community in child rights. Because they were now part of a child protection club, other students banded together to stand up for Sherinah with the knowledge they’d learned.

Eventually, the abusive teacher was confronted and removed by the headmistress, and Sherinah is back in class as she should be.

“It makes me happy to know that my fellow students took the responsibility to report the case,” Sherinah says. 


Deewan: Responsibility beyond his years

He should be in school, drawing pictures like any other child. But instead, 10-year-old Deewan is trying to make ends meet.

After his parents passed away, Deewan couldn’t afford to go to school, and took up a job working at a tea stall to support his ill brother and his family.


It’s dangerous in the slums of Jaipur for a child like him, and Deewan is afraid of fighting around him, making him not want to return home after a day’s work.

“If I get an opportunity, my heart will be in school,” Deewan says. 

But now, there’s a safe space where Deewan can feel like a child again. Thanks to World Vision’s learning centre, Deewan can not only gain an education, but also learn crucial life skills on how to protect himself in the slums.


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The Brusnahan family: The best investment

Emma and Grant can’t say enough good things about sponsoring Christina in Tanzania. They have been inspired by seeing Christina grow, and their three children have learned profound lessons about the value of what they have. “Sponsoring a child is the best investment you can make for your family,” Emma says.

Sponsoring Christina has made me realise that we are extremely privileged and we take our stuff for granted. It has really changed my view on life.
- Chloe, 17

The Chaffey family: A heart for Zimbabwe

When Marilyn and her husband travelled to southern Africa in April 2008, they were so moved by the grim situation in Zimbabwe that they knew they had to act. To date, they’ve sponsored three orphans in Zimbabwe – and they continue to encourage others to sponsor children, too.

Sponsoring a child makes us feel that we can take a small part of what I consider to be our fortunate lives and help make a difference to a child in less fortunate circumstances.
- The Chaffey family

Georgie: I sponsored Nancy to give back

Twenty years ago, Georgie watched a documentary on Africa that moved her to sponsor a child. She started writing encouraging letters to her sponsored child, Nancy in Kenya. What resulted was a deep connection that’s had a profound impact on Nancy’s self-esteem – and twenty years later, Nancy recorded a special thank you to Georgie for her generosity. 

Thinking back now, I was hoping that I was helping … I had no idea to what extent that it would go and what a difference.
- Georgie

The Jory family: We get so much out of sponsorship

Nine years ago, Shane and Kerin Jory sponsored Violet in Zimbabwe, a girl who was the same age as their daughter Ruby. Though Violet wasn’t smiling in her early photos, today she’s beaming. Kerin says that seeing Violet grow up alongside Ruby has built a special connection between the two families.

As the years have gone by, we’ve seen Violet look happier and more confident. For the cost of a couple coffees a week, you get so much out of it.
- Kerin