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Dave Toycen in Bangladesh in 2014.
​Dave Toycen in Bangladesh. (Photography by Deborah Wolfe.)

Sponsorship starts with a child

When I take a close-up of my newborn grandson, I focus my camera on his smiling face. He fills the frame. It is a beautiful portrait of him alone. But of course, he’s not really alone. As I pull the lens back, my photograph includes the arms that hold him, the family that surrounds him, perhaps even the room that holds the family.

You get the picture.

This is a bit like child sponsorship. Your generous gifts go to help meet the immediate needs of one special child. Your focus is rightly on the face of the child you will get to know through updates and maybe even letters you exchange.

Your sponsored child is, of course, part of something bigger. Your child is part of a family that is part of a community, which is part of a region.

World Vision, with your help, provides the best way toward a brighter future for a child. To make that possible, our work includes partnerships with parents and the community where they live—we carefully consider the complete picture.

World Vision has three phases in sponsor-supported community development. At the centre of our focus are children.

I remember a young mother I met in Bolivia during a recent trip. Rosalee had been abandoned by her husband. She could not afford to feed or educate her four children.

Through sponsorship, World Vision was able to place Rosalee’s children in school and provide nutritious food to her family. That taken care of, we broadened our focus and asked Rosalee a bigger-picture question: What can we do to help you provide for your children? Animals were the answer. World Vision provided alpacas. They reproduced and grew that beautiful wool they are known for. Rosalee began to earn money from them. The life of her children has steadily improved. Their whole picture has changed. That was possible because of sponsors like you, who focus on the child, the parents and the community.


This article was published on December 5, 2014.​





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