Raising three children on Flora’s single income was tough. Selling fruit and vegetables at the market wasn’t enough to support them and provide for Grace’s ongoing medical needs.
Being sponsored through Compassion has made a significant difference in Grace’s life. Each month, Grace receives lotion for her skin, plus food, clothes, new glasses, her school fees, and medical attention when she needs it. But the support is more than practical provision.
Compassion child development workers like Florencia teach Grace about her value and worth, building up her self-confidence. Florencia also speaks with Grace’s teachers at school to make sure she has special support, like being seated in the front row of class so she can closely follow the lesson despite her limited vision.
“Grace is at the adolescent stage, and she meets such challenges that face any young person, like peer pressure,” says Florencia. “But we teach her how to behave and relate with people in life, and we thank God she is keen to listen and follow what she is taught at the centre.”
The support has seen Grace grow into a strong young woman with a passion for justice. She wants to be a lawyer and is studying hard at school to achieve her goal.
“I would not have been able to reach where I have reached if it had not been for [Compassion’s] support. May God richly bless you,” says Grace.
The future Grace sees is limitless. She’s striding towards it with her head up, shoulders back, and a smile on her face, secure in the knowledge she is loved and protected.
Compassion International sponsorship means each individual child is known, loved and protected. Children who are especially at-risk, like Grace, are registered as a highly vulnerable child at a local Compassion program center, which provides them with extra protection and attention.
This story appears on the Compassion International blog, written by Charles Ngowi and Zoe Noakes.