Sponsorship brings fortuitous opportunities to children and families alike. Grace, a mother from our Baraka site in Kenya, applied the business skills that she learned from her Chalice family circle to her own farming business.
Grace’s life experiences weren’t great, she had to leave her home with her three children. Fortunately, the children’s grandmother offered Grace a small piece of land, where the local women’s church group helped her to build a one-room house. Still, Grace and her children were living in deplorable conditions, without a bed or any furniture; cooking and sleeping in the same room.
Nine-year-old Luz Navila is an energetic, happy girl who lives with her family near our Pukavy site in Paraguay. When she was very little, she was diagnosed with Adenotonsillar Hypertrophy- which created an obstruction in her upper airways. Luz Navila spent much of her young life in the hospital.
Luz Navila’s parents and doctors treated her with antibiotics and natural remedies, but nothing worked. During one of her examinations, she was also diagnosed with Pharyngotonsillitis – an acute infection of the pharynx or tonsils. There was a risk that this could lead to complications to in her kidney and heart.
Andriy is a 17-year-old student who dreams of becoming a computer engineer. He has faced many challenges in his young life; but, thanks to his sponsor, the generosity of Chalice supporters, and an Italian hospital, he is now in good health.
Andriy was born with a life-threatening heart condition – his first heart surgery was at four months old. He recovered well and grew up normally, attending biannual check-ups to monitor his condition. When Andriy was seven, a new condition appeared: an aortic valve defect and subaortic stenosis (narrowing of the area under the aortic valve which obstructs blood flow to the heart). He underwent his second open-heart surgery when he was 12, in 2016.
Energetic and confident Oleksandr had battled illness and allergies since he was little. He recalls those times been treated differently from the other children in his neighbourhood because of his condition.
“He wanted, like all children, to walk with friends on the street, play football, eat ice cream,” remembers the Pochaiv sponsor site staff.
Oleksandr’s mother worked part-time in the village as a choir director, and his father was an electrician. Their salaries were “minimal,” the staff write, “but the family knew how to appreciate what the Lord was giving them everyday.”
Isaack’s journey to success has been a steep climb. But this happy and humble young man is grateful that his story can be a source of hope to other boys.
As a mother who grew up in extreme poverty, Florence doesn’t shy away from truth, even when it’s difficult.
She was married and by the time she was 33 years old, she was a widow. She and her four young children lived in rural Kenya, near Chalice’s Mikinduri sponsor site.
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is taking an unimaginable toll on the children and families in our sponsor sites. But our Pochaiv site director, Roman, still sees the hand of God at work.
“In our school, our girls are facing a lot of challenges,” says Ephel, a teacher at Nelson Mandela Secondary school in Chalice’s Mbinga site, Tanzania.
Our families in our Tondo sponsor site in the Philippines faced two tremendous issues: malnutrition and poor dental health.