Monday, April 1, 2013

Two New Correspondent Children! (Edited)

Today, Compassion posted that they had 75 children looking for correspondents. They told sponsors on O.C that these were all teenagers and all had some form of health issue or special need. Even though I said that I wasn't going to ask for anymore correspondent children until some of mine started graduating or leaving the program in other ways, I just couldn't pass it up.

Just about ten minutes after I emailed, I was assigned a new child. A beautiful princess from the Philippines.

Meet Lea Mae. She is 12 years old.

She is in 5th grade and is performing below average. I hope the letters that I write and my prayers for her can encourage her. As a teacher, I always long to see children succeed in school.
She lives with her father and mother. Her father is employed as a blacksmith and a famer and her mother is unemployed.
To help at home, Lea is in charge of washing clothes, making beds, running errands, cleaning, caring for animals, carrying water, child care, and teaching others.
She sure is a busy young lady! I wonder how she ever has time for her long list of hobbies and activities, which includes: group games, walking, running, reading, art/drawing, and ball games.
I was just sitting here minding my own business and I got an email from O.C saying that I had joined the group for project ET-329. I just sat there and stared at that email in absolute amazement. I don't know why I was so surprised, everytime I ask for a correspondent child, I get at least 2, haha.
So, without further ado, meet 14 Elias from Ethiopia:
Even though he's 14, he's only in 4th grade and he's performing below average with his grades. I hope that, just like Lea, I can encourage him to always try his best in school. If he's already doing his best, then I will love him just for him.
Elias lives with his father and mother. His father works as a laborer, doing construction. His mother is unemployed.
At home, his chores include running errands and cleaning.
For fun, Elias enjoys soccer and playing house.

Isn't it amazing how fast you can fall in love with a child by just seeing their picture?


  1. I completely agree about falling in love with a child by just seeing their photo!! And it does happen in just a few minutes!! Your new kids are precious!!!! That is so sad about them being below average in school...I hope that your letters can encourage them! Or even if they don't improve in school, maybe you can encourage them in their talents and in vocational studies! I know that you're going to be a wonderful encouragement to them!!

    1. They are my first kids with below average school performance. I absolutely agree with you. I know that school isn't for everyone, but as a teacher, I do know that a little encouragement can go a long way.