Category Archives : Success after sponsorship
Against all Odds September 30, 2019
In Uganda, I recently met an amazing young woman. Her name is Allen, and despite so many challenges, she’s built a beautiful life for herself.
Allen was born in a poor village in Uganda. She is also deaf. When her parents realized she couldn’t hear, they decided they didn’t want her. Thankfully, a kind neighbor woman who had no children of her own decided to take care of Allen. This neighbor is the only family Allen has.
Her new mom was very poor. She could provide Allen with some food and a place to sleep, but not much else. As a young child, Allen communicated entirely by miming. There was no money for school or tutors who could unlock the world of sign language for her. (more…)
Chemistry Class September 3, 2019
In a dusty classroom in Uganda, I’m reliving my high school chemistry classes.
For a second, I’m brought back to all the times I couldn’t quite keep up. But that disappears as Alex, the teacher, warms to his subject.
Alex may be short, but his presence commands the whole room. His subject today? Chemical reactions. He’s clearly illustrating his point, as he makes acids and bases change color back and forth. It’s fascinating to watch!
Finding Hope in Haiti July 8, 2019
In Haiti, many children can’t go to school at all, let alone trade school. But Babette is an exception!
At 20 years old, Babette has big dreams. So often, the narrative we hear about Haiti is full of despair; violence, poverty, and natural disasters fill the story. But not when you talk to Babette!
Babette is full of hope for her future – and her country’s future – all because of one simple difference: she was sponsored.
Her picture was on the table at a Ugandan Kids Choir event, (more…)
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…)