By Kim Meighan, Ecuador Child Sponsor
Jose, my sponsored child, had told me little details about his community in our numerous letters. But driving in there was still surprising to me, so much farmland and people walking alongside the road for kilometres carrying their goods.
World Vision’s been established in the Campozano community for quite some time and I could see the impact that the project had on the area. The main town is quite small, but still I saw three or four different businesses as we drove through that World Vision had assisted.
Jose came running over to me after flashing his big gorgeous smile when we saw each other excitedly for the first time in his school yard. I was overcome with emotion and felt rather silly in front of his classmates, but it was obvious he and his mum felt what I did.
Jose’s mum explained to his classmates that I was meeting my sponsored child for the very first time. I felt so connected to him immediately. You have a special attachment through letters and correspondence. But to meet in person someone you know so well on paper, is a really unique progression. He is very bright and has aspirations to be a doctor. As I am a nurse, this was lovely to discover.
Jose’s mum shared with me that it was so valued how active I was as a sponsor and that every letter I write is appreciated not just by Jose, but the whole family. It is discussed over dinner and read and re-read for weeks to come.