4) We now understand where the funds go
Kevan: It wasn’t just one family that were benefiting from my support; it was all part of a coordinated project that was working at a community level. It was a very rainy day and I noticed the roads were bitumen (not sand) and I learned that World Vision had contributed quite a lot to that – because if the roads had been sand, they would’ve been impassable without doubt.
Mani: Seeing how our sponsorship has directly affected the family was very heart warming. They showed us the well that our sponsorship helped to build, as well as the latrine [toilet]. It was great to see the amount of effort that has gone into these buildings, and programs, and we could definitely see the benefit to the community.
Darrell: We were asked whether we would like to visit the community’s goats our support provided earlier last year, and of course our kids (if you’ll pardon the pun) jumped at the chance! As soon as we headed off it started absolutely bucketing down with rain, but we were on such a high we didn’t care. It was fantastic to see that the “couple of goats” had grown to around 15, and our youngest son Archie, 7, is shown here (right) happily braving the downpour to hold one of the newest arrivals. It was a funny, but really heart-warming moment, and so affirming to see how the effect of our sponsorship can “multiply” over the years to provide an even better result for the community.
5) We discovered firsthand how sponsorship is making a difference
Celia: Most impressive was seeing how the sponsorship money is spent and linking that to the difference it makes to people’s lives.
Darrell: It was so rewarding to see the genuine difference that our small bit of support was making in this community. One of my personal highlights, and I mean life highlights, was Kithusaa, our sponsored child reading a beautiful message she had written in near perfect English, and hearing that she’d received a scholarship – evidence of the outcomes of World Vision’s work in this community.
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