I have a World Vision child in Malawi. She was born the day after 9/11.
Recently I got a letter from the World Vision director in my girl's area, telling me about the progress there:
Through your financial contribution, deep wells fitted with pumps have been drilled in [the area]. Generally, the people of [the area] are able to access clean and safe water through these deep wells. In the past, they used to draw their drinking water from unprotected wells and rivers. Due to this intervention, incidences of diarrhea and cholera diseases have been greatly reduced. While in the past families were spending more time nursing diarrhea and cholera patients, families are now spending this time on productive and development activities. As most families are able to access clean water within reach, less time is spent on drawing water.
The ADP [Area Development Program] has also constructed school blocks in the area through your sponsorship contribution. As a result, school enrolment for boys and girls has increased. The school drop out has reduced. Boys and girls are now motivated to attend school because they are now learning in a decent environment. Most adults that never had the privilege of going to school when they were young, are now able to read and write as a result of attending the adult literacy classes that the program introduced in the area. Members of this community, are always thanking you in absentia for changing their living conditions and giving them hope in life.
Once again, I wish to thank you for your continued support and I would like to assure you that we will continue to use the financial assistance to address the real development needs of the children and the entire community, to the Glory of God.
I know I can't be the only person helping out in my little girl's community. There must be plenty of others. It sure is good, though, to read about all the changes they're making because enough people cared to help, to the Glory of God.
Next, when I get a job and pay off my bills, I plan on sponsoring a boy in Zimbabwe. I found out not long ago that World Vision has sponsorships available there too. I hope they'll be able to save some communities amidst the destruction of that country by its usurping "leader," the evil Robert Mugabe.