By Lisa Novick, Giving Experience Officer and Co-Founder, YesKidzCan!
In honor of our daughter’s sixth birthday, we decided to sponsor a little girl named Sandra who lives in rural Guatemala. Almost six years later, we continue to support Sandra and have learned a lot about her circumstances thanks to the communications of Children International as well as the highly anticipated letters we receive from Sandra herself.
Sandra lives in a community where most families survive on incomes that average $144 a month. Her mom is a homemaker and her father is daily worker and makes around $52 a month. Her house is constructed of wood walls, dirt flooring, and a corrugated metal roof. It has a kitchen and two bedrooms for her 7 brothers and sisters. The family is able to cook food because of an indoor fireplace. Our monthly sponsorship has provided vital necessities like basic health care and medicine, clothing and shoes, and educational supplies.
Over the years, we have received dozens of letters from Sandra. She hand writes them in Spanish and they are translated into English by a Children International representative. They are truly treasured keepsakes. Here are a few of excerpts:
- I am excited to tell you that I am happy along with my family and we are healthy. I wish you and your family are healthy.
- I want to tell you that you are a very special person for me.
- My favorite subject is math because I like numbers. My favorite sport is basketball and I like to read. I help with chores at home like washing the dishes, sweeping, and cooking over the fire.
- My favorite time of the year is Christmas because I like to be in harmony with my family, and we spend good time because we drink punch and eat tamales.
- I am thankful for the help you give us and send you love and gratitude with kisses and hugs.
We keep six years worth of letters in a folder in my desk. Thanks to these letters, my daughter has learned about Sandra’s interests, has gotten a peek into her daily life, and values the gratitude expressed in every correspondence. While we have yet to meet, we have been able to watch Sandra grow up because of the photographs we receive from Children International. We hope to visit Sandra and her family in Guatemala, but until then, we see her picture in our kitchen every day and look forward to sitting down together to read the next letter from Sandra.
© YesKidzCan!, 2012