It won’t make your jaw drop to hear that the generosity of Australians like you powers most of our work.
For many Australians, sponsoring a child is the most efficient and rewarding way to help people – and for the people we work with, like Madusha, your decision to sponsor a child can be the spark that ignites permanent change.
Weeraketiya is a small town in southern Sri Lanka. Before World Vision arrived, Weeraketiya’s community faced myriad problems that made daily life a struggle.
Farmers couldn’t meet their basic needs because they couldn’t get fair prices for their produce, their crops were continuously dying and the quality of their livestock was poor. A whopping 72 percent of the population lived in poverty.
Madusha, a young boy in Weeraketiya, was part of that 72 percent. He has a medical condition that requires him to visit a hospital twice a month. He likes to ride his bike with friends.
Today, Madusha is a sponsored child.
According to the United Nations, the average annual income in Sri Lanka is roughly 14 percent of what it is in Australia. Before the Weeraketiya project, Madusha’s family struggled to pay his medical bills and tuition. His mother suggested that the family pick coconut kernels – which coconut oil is extracted from – and sell them at the local markets for more income.
So, through the Weeraketiya project, World Vision provided the family with 72 coconut plants. A small gesture, like the planting of trees, can have a long-lasting and deep impact on the wellbeing of a family. Now, they can afford to pay for Madusha’s medication and schooling. Through Child Sponsorship, Madusha goes to camps and receives books, stationery, and more.
Madusha’s entrepreneurial spirit, ambition and drive have been brought to life by his experiences as a sponsored child. Where there was always an innate sense of commitment to life and success within him, there now exists the means to follow his calling. Madusha’s saving up for a computer, which he will need to study IT in year 10.
One day, he hopes to be a civil engineer.