“I had been writing back and forth with Umesh for about 5 years and – still – few things brought me as much joy as coming home to see a letter on my floor with that Plan logo on it, knowing it could be a letter from Umesh sent all the way from a small village in Nepal.”
From the letter on the doormat to a face-to-face encounter; in 2013, Tom made the decision to meet Umesh at her home in Jante village in the Kosi Zone of south-eastern Nepal.
During the visit, Tom was able to see the impact of his contribution, meet Umesh, tour her community and see first-hand the projects made possible through his sponsorship.
“I wanted to see how I was helping, so I went and saw for myself. Sponsorship offers that unique, transparent channel of communication and openness. I like that.”
For some, child sponsorship is a special relationship. Beyond the financial contributions you make as a sponsor, just being there, writing the occasional note, thinking of them – that’s why sponsoring a child is so special.
That intangible idea that far, far away, across huge distances, people are coming together, sharing dreams and hopes, daily happenings and milestone moment – it’s all about sharing. It’s what sponsoring a child with Plan Ireland is all about.
A letter from your sponsored child can make you laugh,
A child from Zimbabwe wrote that, ‘We sang like million mad mosquitoes with jubilation because of your friendly letter with lovely information’
A letter from your sponsored child can inspire you
‘My biggest dream is to study and become a doctor so I can have a bicycle and a ball’ wrote Joel from El Salvador
A letter from your sponsored child can inform .. and make you laugh!
‘I’m confused,’ wrote Sereni from Tanzania, ‘you said you grow vegetables but I thought in your country there are only buildings with so many people and no space!”