Irene has been waiting too long — over 6 months to get a sponsor through Compassion International. Irene was born May 18, 2008 in Kenya, where she lives with her parents and 3 siblings. Both parents are sometimes employed as sellers in the market. Would you be interested in sponsoring Irene? It’s only $38.00/month, just a little over a dollar per day. It will provide food for her, immunizations, tutoring, social skills, technical skills and Christian discipleship. The best part of all? You can write to each other as often as you want, and you would be her one and only sponsor, a special friend indeed!
So what happens to children like Irene while they’re waiting to be sponsored? Well, they are already enrolled in the Compassion Child Development Center, where they can receive benefits due to Partner’s of Compassion — people that are willing to pay a little more than the monthly sponsorship rate in order to support unsponsored children like Irene. This fund also provides immediate care for orphans, disaster relief, emergency care, educational and training programs for caregivers, nutritional support and clean water, toilets and hygiene. What a great fund to contribute to!
Irene is living with her parents, probably in a typical home of the region constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish and cassava. Common health problems in the area include HIV/AIDS, typhoid fever, septic wounds and malaria. Irene has been chosen to be sponsored because of the great needs of her family.
She may or may not be involved in activities at the Child Development Center yet. Until a child receives a sponsor, they often are involved in working for the family, caring for younger siblings or just staying home and hoping to avoid abuse or danger on the streets. If she does attend the activities at the center, she is not receiving full benefits yet and unfortunately will not hear her name called when they are giving letters to children from their sponsors. Irene desperately needs a sponsor to write and send love, encouragement, prayers and most of all, hope.
Could you be that sponsor for her? Please leave a comment if you would like to know more about sponsorship and about Irene in particular.