3. Children are proud to show you aspects of their life
“I gave Harka a soccer ball because he told me that it was one of his interests. He went out with his brother to kick the ball in the blazing sun to show me that he could play.
He showed me around his village with the World Vision staff. He was shy to use his English, but he said ‘that’s where my friend lives and we sit together in school!’ He was quite proud to be with us.”
4. You learn things you can’t learn in Australia
“You learn so much more about the community, your sponsored child and a lot about the context of their life. I learned that Harka was from a particular caste, and you don’t find out about that in Australia.
I also met former sponsored children – including young girls who were doing development work as a result of their experience being sponsored and educated. They were giving back to their community and developing independence, along with the villages and communities. It’s not about World Vision staying there forever - they are starting up a continuing process.”
5. Planning the trip is not as difficult as you think
“From the very beginning World Vision was very supportive, very encouraging. I’ve had experience with developing countries and generally things don’t go as planned - but they did. We had someone who met us at the airport, everything was very well planned. The staff would follow up with phone calls, even at the airport; it was very professional and sincere.”
6. You’re building a mutually trusting relationship
“World Vision Nepal organised my family’s internal travel - I absolutely thought that World Vision invested in my family. Obviously there is an investment in having sponsors go overseas. I trust my funds with World Vision and they trust me enough back, that’s quite a reciprocal relationship.
I have high respect for the staff as a result of their professionalism - they are remarkable people and very intelligent. It’s a country with a lot of corruption and you hear stories about non-government organisations and money getting diluted. I was impressed all the way through, and so were my children.”
7. Your journey of discovery can inspire others
“Travelling together as a family to a developing country was a very valuable experience. My son Dale had never been overseas before. Just having the result that Dale wanted to sponsor a child as a direct result of the trip ... he can be quite a sceptic; the whole thing left an impression on him.
Dale and Emily were also able to learn more about me, and me dealing with difficult situations. That’s an important part of the experience and learning more about each other as well. The whole process was a journey of discovery.”