In the two years since Sports Outreach launched its Child Sponsorship Program (CSP) scores of children are being sponsored—and with the holistic approach to ministry used by Sports Outreach—their lives are being transformed physically, emotionally, and spiritually. What follows are poignant stories about children at each of our sponsorship sites. Many more children in each place are waiting to be sponsored so that they too may have a redemptive story to tell. Perhaps you might be the one to sponsor a child or perhaps you know of a group or friend who might be interested. Just let us know and we can begin the story of transformation and wholeness for yet another child.
When Cindarella Anyadwe was eight months old she lost her father to HIV/AIDS. Soon her mother suddenly died leaving her orphaned and in the care of her poor, elderly grandmother living in Pugwini, a village outside of Gulu. Bilentino Lawino (grandmother) struggled to survive and was unable to manage to keep Cindarella and her five siblings in school. Cindarella was often sick and without medical care, and Bilentino lacked funds to pay school fees. Her grandmother says that “There were days when we went without food and my grandchildren cried all night.” Once Cinderella was sponsored through the Sports Outreach CPS, the burden of school costs was lifted. Now in her last year of pre-school at Bentwood Day Care, Cinderella lovingly cares for three chickens as part of a sustainable child’s project and joyfully states that she “can’t wait to eat my first egg from the chickens.”
Carlos Rodriquez (Carlitos) and his sister, Leydi, live with their grandmother in the Tomas Rodriquez community of Nuevo Cuscatlán where the Sports Outreach El Salvador team works. They came to her four years ago after their single mother and great-grandparents were murdered by gang members in another village. Last February Sports Outreach team members started a Saturday handcrafts workshop in their community and Carlitos began accompanying his grandmother each week. Bible teaching and prayer are part of the workshops and Carlitos soon developed a heart to serve, which included bringing a Bible for the leaders to use. Through the sports Outreach CSP he and his sister both have sponsors, adequate food for their needs, and now attend school.
Eight-year-old Gloria Nakalembe attends Jace Primary School in Kampala, Uganda. Since her parents separated, she and three siblings now live with their father. She thanks God for the Sports Outreach CSP because before she was sponsored she could not go to school. Gloria says that “I was feeling sad when I was seeing my friends going to school and me staying at home. But now I am so happy that I go to school too.” Gloria can now write, read and count and hopes to become a doctor.
Before becoming a sponsored child 16-year-old Monica Awino was often sent home from school in Nairobi, Kenya due to lack of funds to pay school fees. Because of this she missed exams and failed to advance academically. Maria reports that she was almost to the point of giving up when God intervened through SportsOutreach and its CSP. Since being sponsored Monica’s life “has really changed” and she now attends all lessons confidently and without fear of being sent home due to lack of school funds! Her performance has improved tremendously and she encourages her sponsor by reporting, “I promise to work hard on my education and later join the university to become a nurse!”
Can you help to write the next fairy tale?
Our experience has taught us that the best way to change the lives of children is to change the way they live in their world. And the best way to change their world is through holistic support
that helps them become productive citizens within their communities. For just $35 a month a child will receive school fees and uniforms, daily meals and health care, mentoring and biblical training, and access to sports activities.