A Boy Named Dennis

May 8, 2017Holly Sosa

I was compensated by World Vision for my time in writing this post. All opinions are my own.

The World Vision Global 6K for Water was just a few days ago and we loved participating through our own family walk on May 6th to participate in this cause close to our hearts.

If your family was unable to participate in the World Vision Global 6K for Water this year, child sponsorship is a great alternative to allow you and your family to be actively involved in bringing solutions and  stability to underdeveloped and poverty stricken communities.

Through World Vision my family has grown in many ways. We sponsor a boy named Dennis through the organization. Dennis lives in Bolivia and shares a birthday with my late son, Liam. Liam (and his brother, Collin) both share Dennis’ Bolivian heritage which makes us feel closer to Dennis. We exchange letters, mail him packages, and share our lives with him. Dennis has given my children perspective and compassion for others who don’t share the benefits of living in a developed country. World Vision has given my family the opportunity to love others whom we wouldn’t normally have the access to.

Sponsoring Dennis is a personal and long-term way for us to get involved with World Vision and share our love with a child in need. Our sponsorship allows us to have a one-on-one relationship with Dennis (and his family and community) while pooling the gifts of all sponsors who support children in the same community where World Vision can provide long-term resources for lasting change.

Since poverty is complex and rarely solved by one intervention, World Vision helps with each community’s specific needs such as clean water, schools, teacher training, agricultural training, immunizations, and more. These solutions help the community to become self-sufficient, which is the ultimate goal.

Child sponsorship is a special way to get involved and help children and communities in need that also creates a personal relationship, allowing you to directly see the impact your sponsorship is making. 

Child sponsorship is a simple process that allows you to find a child you want to help through a preferred country, age, or even birthday. After you find a child, you’ll receive a letter in 6-12 weeks from that child that will be the start of a one on one relationship. Your monthly gift helps your sponsored child and their entire community which translates into long term resources for everyone! The local staff ensures your donations go the extra mile. Since the children cannot receive direct cash benefits, staff create sustainable plans to help keep your child’s community out of poverty, even after World Vision has moved on to help friends in other areas. You can stay connected with your child through hand written letters and even through the World Vision website where you can track the community’s progress, get regular updates, and even send additional gifts (like livestock!).

Every $1 donated equals $1.30 in impact thanks to grants and product donations. What better way to ensure your money is maximized to help these children and their communities?!

You can find and sponsor a child, or get more information here at the Sponsor a Child portion of the World Vision website.

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