Category Archives : Success after sponsorship
An Honest Politician December 17, 2018
Let me tell you a story.
It’s about a boy, and a disease, and an election. But mostly it’s about YOU, and what God can do with gifts like yours.
Many years ago, Phillip wasn’t dreaming of becoming a politician. He didn’t seem like anyone special; just another destitute child, destined for a short life of poverty, and heartbreak.
You see, Phillip contracted Polio as a child. The disease stunted his growth and gave him extreme scoliosis that made it impossible to walk. Other kids his age started school…but Phillip was too sick to join them.
Thankfully, that’s when our founder, Dr. Max Lange, first noticed him. Seeing how Phillip suffered, Max took a special interest in the boy. He made sure that Childcare Worldwide intervened to give Phillip a better life!
The Special Effects of Sponsorship August 31, 2018
“How do they do that!?” Anytime Fluk gets a chance to watch a movie, he is curious. Like many 18 year old boys, he loves Marvel movies – his favorite is Spiderman! Fluk’s fascinated by the special effects, so it’s no surprise that it’s his life-long dream to become a video graphics expert.
What is surprising is the road he took to get there. (more…)
Top Chef: Peru Edition January 22, 2018
Jefferson is the last person you would expect to find at a prestigious culinary school in Lima, Peru.
As a child, Jefferson had a lot working against him. His parents separated when he was little, which was emotionally devastating for him. As he says, “I felt like a beautiful bowl had been dropped on the ground – there was a crack in it that grew day-by-day.” (more…)
The Road to Graduation May 24, 2017
The funny square hats and black robes…the happy parents holding back tears of pride…the long-winded speeches…these are all signs it is graduation season. And we have a lot of students to celebrate with! In the past year, 118 Childcare Worldwide students have graduated (or are about to graduate) from college or trade school!
Even here in the United States, with our relatively high graduation rates, graduation ceremonies are a big deal. But for the kids we serve in developing countries, it is even more important. You see, to them, graduation day is one giant step on the path out of poverty. Many of them are the first in their families to finish school! (more…)
Sponsorship changes lives February 7, 2017
By all rights, Joseph should have been a statistic. He should have died young. He should have lived a life of crime. He should have become radicalized. He should have been a drug addict.
But that’s not how his story turns out…
Joseph was born in Rwanda in 1994, during the height of the genocide. Joseph’s family was Tutsi. To save their newborn son, Joseph’s mother fled with him to Uganda while his father stayed behind to fight. Joseph and his mother made it safely to Uganda, but never heard from his father again. (more…)
Her hands speak louder than words September 8, 2016
When I was in Kenya in early May, I met my former sponsored child, Vivian Dede. I remember when she was just a child and we exchanged letters back and forth across the miles. It was always exciting to get the updated photo and her neatly written letters on lined paper. At that time, I could already see her efforts to “get it right” by her carefully erased mistakes and re-written corrections.
Fast forward twenty years. Vivian is now an accomplished young lady giving back to the less fortunate in her own country.
Annette’s Trip Cliff Notes May 30, 2016
This is the last blog in our #GoBeyondHope Series, featuring on-the-ground updates from Annette and Nathan as they visit our ministry locations in Kenya and Uganda.
Hard to believe but our 3 weeks in Africa have come to an end. It has been a trip full of surprises and blessings. There has been laughter, but I have also shed tears and held hands with those I have encountered that have been suffering. I have been both moved and touched by so many people. Here are some highlights of the trip that I will take home with me.
Devotional time with our office staff in Kenya and singing hymns together with them. What beautiful voices they have! (more…)
Now, I think, talk and dream first world July 27, 2015
Looking out his window framed by drooping banana leaves, Willy’s eyes take in the lush, green scenery of his homeland in Uganda.
Only a few months ago, he was looking out his airplane window to a very different scene: a vast expanse of snow carpeted what would become his home for the next five months. He had seen Iceland on the map, but now he was really here.
Sponsor + Volkswagen = keys to success June 24, 2015
In a flurry of activity, mechanics in gray overalls all deeply preoccupied in their work, dash about the service area of the Volkswagen dealership in Lima, Peru. Like trained doctors, they hover around their “patients,” some of which are raised high on “gurneys,” while others remain low to the ground. With special tools, they dissect, cut, and weld to stop the loss of oil or flush a clogged radiator.
Alexander Abarca is 21 years old and busily attending to the problems of the car he is working on. Stepping over air hoses and pneumatic drills, he retrieves tools from well-organized drawers in his neat and tidy work station. He has come a long way from the emotionally-broken child he was 14 years ago.
When he was only seven years old, Alexander’s mother left him and his father to go pursue
Boardroom bound March 13, 2015
Sitting down together to bowls piled high with rice and spicy curry, Jo looked the picture of success in her brightly colored Punjabi dress and confident, self-assured smile. During a recent trip to India, I had arranged to meet Sai Jyothi (“Jo”), a sponsored “child” currently pursuing a university degree.
As we talked, I discovered this girl had come a long way from where she used to be. As she told me her story, the shadows of her childhood, though long ago, were quickly recalled. Taking another bite of her chicken curry, she collected her thoughts and I saw her smile vanish. Her eyes looked past me as she began to tell me about the time when she was eleven-years-old, living in a poor, small village. “When my parents first got sick, I (more…)