Yorkshire Family Meet Sponsored Child In Peru
Sarah and Ben Cutts and their two children 10-year-old Luca and 8-year-old Theo travelled from their home in Wakefield to Peru to visit Ben's family and while there they also meet 11-year-old Emanuel, who they have sponsored for over six years.
"We arranged to meet Emanuel at Lima Zoo with his mum Mary-Cris and cousin. It was fabulous finally meeting him, he is a lovely boy, full of smiles, affection and real gratitude," shares 46-year-old Sarah.
"Emanuel's neighbourhood is a difficult place to grow up in; there are many challenges such as gang crime and drugs. But despite his difficult surroundings, we could really see the positive impact the project has had on him. It has given him so much hope for the future and has significantly built his confidence," explains Sarah who works as a Relationship Director and Debt Counsellor.
Emanuel lives on the outskirts of Peru's capital city Lima. Typical houses are constructed of tin or corrugated iron roofs, with wooden walls and cement floors. There is a high rate of unemployment and adults often work as street vendors, day labourers or in domestic roles.
Education in Peru is compulsory for children aged seven to 16 and most children attend primary school. However, not all children in rural areas have access to an education due to lack of resources. Many children living in poverty drop out of school temporarily, sometimes permanently, to help support their families. By the age of 14 a lot of Peruvian children have already joined the workforce.
"Emanuel is the same age as our eldest son, Luca and it was amazing seeing the bond grow between them as the day progressed. We took him, his mum and cousin out for lunch and gave them the gifts we had brought with us, including football kits from home which Emanuel loved."
Luca who attends Sandal Castle Primary School reflects:
"I loved meeting Emanuel; you could tell how happy he was to be part of the Compassion project. I am pleased that Emanuel now has lots of chances in life."
Sarah's sponsorship of £25 a month enables Emanuel to be part of his local Compassion project where he receives nutritious meals, emotional support, medical attention and the chance to get a good quality education.
"We hope Emanuel grows up to reach his full potential in whatever he decides to do. To someone who is considering sponsoring a child, I would encourage them, it's an amazing way to make a lasting difference in a child's life."
Compassion is an international child development charity with more than 60 years' experience working with some of the world's poorest children. More than 100,000 children are connected with British sponsors through Compassion UK, and at present more than 1.8 million children attend Compassion's church-based projects in 25 countries around the world. www.compassionuk.org
Yorkshire Family Meet Sponsored Child In Peru, 1st September 2017, 15:40 PM