Eighteen-year-old Guyana has been sponsored for the past seven years. Childview visited her at her home in the Talin community
in Armenia this past December. Here are photos from the visit.
Guyana poses for a photo in her family’s home. She lives with her parents and younger sister. Thanks to her sponsorship, she has participated in many youth activities and attended summer camps. Guyana says those experiences lead to making new friends, gaining a sense of self-sufficiency and boosting her self-confidence.
The landscape outside Guyana’s home. Winters in the Talin community can be harsh, especially for schoolchildren. World Vision has renovated Guyana’s school and installed a heating system during her sponsorship. Before the renovations, she says, “The school was so cold we couldn’t stay there.”
Guyana at her sewing machine. As part of her sponsorship, Guyana received training to become a seamstress. She says she plans to continue with the vocation and, with more experience, hopes to become a fashion designer. When Guyana sews, she likes some noise in the background: “I work better when I listen to music.”
Child clothing that Guyana sewed. When reflecting on her sponsorship, Guyana says the most significant event came when she was 14. Doctors found a tumor on her right ovary and insisted she have immediate surgery, saying the tumor was malignant. World Vision was able to help, arranging for Guyana’s surgery in Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.
Guyana’s family poses for a portrait. From left to right: sister Hripsime, 13 (who is also sponsored); mother Flora; father Gagik; Guyana. While undergoing cancer treatment, Guyana says she only thought “bad things.” After a successful surgery, doctors determined the tumor was benign. When the family learned this, they were naturally relieved—Guyana would not require more medical treatments. “I was so happy,” says Flora. “We invited everyone [including World Vision staff] into the hospital room. We were all cheering.”
_________This article was published on February 21, 2014.