Seeing the difference that our Sponsorship was making
We learnt that through child sponsorship, World Vision run a special after-school facility for kids in need of some extra help. As well as receiving assistance with their schoolwork, they participate in dance, drama and art. The children we met were beautifully dressed in traditional clothes and entertained us with dancing, a puppet show and a short dramatic piece. They were very charming.
We headed back to the World Vision headquarters to meet the Youth Group. Each member of this very smart and passionate group of young adults explained their role and how they have been helped by their involvement in the group. Many said that they had gained new skills, increased confidence and an ability to express themselves. They talked about how they had been educated about combatting domestic violence in their community. Several of them are actively involved with staff in assisting with the work of World Vision in their area.
We were driven back to our hotel in the centre of La Paz. Driving in this city is quite hair-raising but we arrived back safely thus ending a truly memorable day.
This day was such an eye opener. It’s hard to imagine how difficult life is for so many families in this sprawling and crowded city, yet they seem to manage. Our commitment to them through child sponsorship is minimal in our terms, but to the community it is hugely important.
Now that we’ve returned, we’ll maintain communication with Marianela and this community and do all we can to promote the wonderful work World Vision are doing in helping them to become self-sufficient.
Very special thanks to Manuela, the Sponsor Visits coordinator with World Vision Australia and the staff of the San Antonio project in Bolivia for making our visit possible.