By Claire McErlane, Thailand Child Sponsor
After 20 years of sponsoring children, I have had the incredible honour and pleasure of actually visiting one of our sponsored children, and what an amazing day it was! A truly life-changing experience … I’m still on cloud nine two months on!
I had decided to take the opportunity to visit our sponsored child Wanwarang in Krabi, southern Thailand, after visiting my family in England. I knew it would be a very special day, but gosh! I had no idea the impact it would have on me.
The big day arrived … Yajai from World Vision Thailand met me at my hotel and we drove approximately one hour to the World Vision office at Lam Thap. We chatted incessantly in the car, and I learnt more about Sai (Wanwarang’s nickname) and her family.
At the office I met the girls who work there and they showed me Sai’s file, which included all the photos and reports since we had started sponsoring her back in 2009. This was quite overwhelming to see and I felt silly because I was starting to get quite nervous about meeting her!
Yajai then explained more about the inspiring projects which World Vision has developed over the past twelve years in the Lam Thap region. Land had been gifted to the community by a local businessman, and World Vision had developed this into an extensive study centre, where members of the local community can come and learn how to improve their economic situation through raising livestock, making soap, shampoos, colourful bags (which are gorgeous!), and production of animal food mixes, all of which are sold in their own area and further afield.