Today I received a letter from World Vision Malaysia advising me that one of my sponsored child, a Cambodian boy, has 'graduated'. Deep inside I felt a sense of pride that I've helped in a small way to build his life and career. Piseth comes from a very poor village in Bati, Cambodia, where basic infrastructure, sanitation, and community life were non-existent. Bati is located south west of Phnom Penh near the border with Vietnam. In October 1997 World Vision set up the Bati Area Development Programme to help the villagers establish a structured and sustainable society by introducing and implementing development activities such as canal renovation, health education, silk weaving training, constructing protected wells and filtration system, introducing proper and balanced diet, building health centres and providing schools for the children. The 14 year old programme has successfully lifted the residents of Bati out of poverty and place them on a level field to etch out their own living. Piseth is one of the many beneficiaries in Bati through the generous and kind assistance from sponsors.
When I started out sponsoring 2 children in 2003 I paid just RM50 per child per month. It was a small sum then and even now but meant hope to those living in a hopeless situation. From this year, due to rising cost and inflation, the sponsorship rate is revised to RM65 per child per month for children from Asian countries, and RM80 from Non-Asian countries. It is still a small sum to place out to 'buy' a child a future.
World Vision is an international Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. If you are interested please visit its website for more information.