Never for one minute, back in 2002 when I joined Tear Fund in sponsorship, did I think that I would meet our sponsored child.
It was a ‘Small investment for Life’– our sponsored child’s life; and also their families life as well. What a treat this visit has been for us. Unfortunately I am unable to publish any photos of our fun together in order to respect her privacy.
Visiting the Tearfund Compassion Project in Quito, Ecuador, was an experience second to none. On the day we visited the children who are part of the sponsorship programme were learning about humility and self control.
It is wonderful to see that for these children, having a sponsor is a great honour. They are so proud to tell us where their sponsors come from and how they keep and value all correspondence with their sponsor. Their faces light up when they see they have visitors; they are pleased to see us and hope one day that their own sponsor will visit them.
The Compassion Project work is carried out by volunteers, and their work is amazing, certainly reaping rewards.
We were graciously hosted by Omar and Ruth for our day. The children are so gracious, and grateful. We are so impressed with the organisation and their teachings.
TEAR Fund stands for The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund, an organisation formed in Britain in the 1950s in response to African famine. It later became a permanent organisation and the New Zealand branch was formed in 1975.
TEAR Fund partners with local Christian organisations and churches in developing countries. Their partners use local staff who work directly with the poorest people, helping them to find their own solutions to their problems, cutting out any middlemen, and reducing costs. TEAR Fund’s key activities include child sponsorship, Microenterprise, community development projects and disaster relief.
Our sponsored child attended this project for nine years; a very long time for one child to attend. We were so fortunate to have our sponsorship relationship last this long with one child.
If you are considering helping, we highly recommend Tear Fund as a responsible and reliable organisation.