Child Sponsorship Stories

Sent home to die by the first doctors she encountered, Hamida Khatun is only alive today thanks to the World Vision-funded heart surgery she received as a sponsored child, the gift of life allowing her to have a daughter of her own.

2 pairs of brothers, Alvin and Rnolance, and Henokh and Erwin, set off before 6am every school day. They ride their horses across rivers and through a forest before reaching school. It’s a long journey to school but through World Vision’s child forum, the boys learn that education is important. Going to school will help them to reach their dream, to get a better future.

In India, a former sponsored child was the first in his village to graduate from college—an accomplishment he credits to his World Vision sponsor.

Phally Pheng likes getting kids’ hands up in the air. A former sponsored child who now teaches in northeast Cambodia, she works hard to teach in ways that engage her students. She wants her students to participate — for their hands to spring up in excitement when she asks a question.

Imagine this: It is a cold winter night. You are five years old, hungry and huddled under an apartment stairway. You are unprotected from the wind and snow, and unprotected from the drunkards around you. You sit in a corner, shivering and crying for fear that you might be attacked.Most adults would be intimidated, let alone a child.Yet, Burenkhaan Erdenechimeg had to live through that as a young five-year-old Mongolian boy. Not only would he and his mother collect glasses and cans to survive, he eventually lost his mother on the streets.

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