What Sponsorship Means to Me
Maria Cecilia lives in the San Roque community with her mother, father and two older brothers in a small home next to the river. With the support of CCFC, Cecilia was able to enrol at a school for children with special needs.
“Before Cecilia joined her new school, she wouldn’t speak very much and didn’t participate in any extracurricular activities,” shares her mother. “Now she is very happy and active, and she already knows how to write her name.” Cecilia is enjoying her school, and she hopes to one day work with children with special needs. “When I grow up, I want to be a teacher,” she says.
Eliana proudly holds her birth certificate for the very first time. She is no longer invisible to the law and has legal rights. She became a sponsored child in 2009, and was able to gain a legal identity because of CCFC and its sponsorship program in her community. Eliana feels most happy when she is at school and studying. When asked what sponsorship means to her, Eliana simply says: “I really appreciate my sponsor’s support. I would very much like to meet her, so I can tell her in person that I love her very much.” As part of CCFC’s sponsorship program, Eliana receives a school uniform and supplies each year. She is also able to enjoy and participate in annual Universal Children’s Day celebrations, as well as many art and sports activities at the community centre.
ChildVoice - 2013