Growing up, Emma Lovell always wanted to sponsor a child. “I kept saying, ‘when I’m older, when I have more money, when mum and dad will agree to it.’ There will always be a reason that you can’t do something, until one day I realised that my tips alone for two nights at my waitressing job could cover a child’s living expenses for a month,” she said.
Emma started sponsoring Lazaro from Tanzania when she was 17 until World Vision finished working in his community in 2010. She then started sponsoring Kamala from Nepal on behalf of her mother. “I gifted the sponsorship to her and we've shared that now for seven years,” Emma said.
“I was walking past the World Vision stand in a shopping centre and was going to do the ‘I sponsor already’ thing but I stopped that day and looked at the pictures. It was mum’s birthday and Kamala just stood out. I have a close connection to Nepal and had been at the start of 2010 and wanted to show additional support to communities there.”
Over the years, Emma has seen the impact of child sponsorship on Lazaro and Kamala, and their communities. “I’ve seen independence, growth and ultimately self-sustainability,” she said.
Sponsoring Lazaro and Kamala has also had a significant impact on Emma’s life. “Having a connection to a child, family and community in another part of the world is so special. Hearing how their lives are changing and developing, enriches mine,” she said.
“Being a child sponsor has been nothing short of life-changing. You have the power to change not only a child’s life, but also their families and their communities. That's what sponsoring a child with World Vision does. It changes lives. Theirs and yours!”
To Australians considering sponsoring a child, Emma says, “Do it! You will never regret it. Being able to share in the changes, development and success of a community is so rewarding. You can make an impact – and it will truly enrich your life.”
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