Adventures For Singles Cares Charity - Children International!
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can something." - Edward Everett Hale
Please sponsor a girl or boy today with CI! The rewards far exceed the meager $25 per month it costs to sponsor a child. Read my experience below with 8 year old Jandry to see what a wonderful emotional rendezvous it is to meet your sponsored child.
I love Children International and World Vision. You can choose a child from Angola to Zululand. But why not consider a child closer to home, one you can actually meet!
Ecuador has 54,000 little ones in need. Why don't we at AFS narrow our focus to South America as a targeted niche that is easy to get to. Brazil, Argentina, Chile have $160 visas and with other countries, the air is difficult. Ecuador is a 5 hour non-stop affordable flight from Atlanta and one of the most mega-diverse countries on the planet. You could pop down for a weekend visit to strengthen your bond with your kid. Better yet, why don't we do an annual AFS trip together to take all our children out for a day in Quito they'll never forget!...
Imagine - 2 nights in the cloud forest at deluxe Masphi Lodge for nature exploration, 2 nights at fabulous Hacienda Zuleta, an unparalleled ranch experience found no where else on earth. Finally 2 nights in Quito to sightsee and play with our sponsored children. We can add on Galapagos or the Amazon easily. Terry and I think it's a rewarding vacation idea!
If you can't afford to give monthly support, please buy TOMS shoes..This year TOMS gave 5000 pairs of shoes to Jandry's village. TOMS transfers every purchase into a force for good around the world. With their new One to One® Program, for each pair you buy, TOMS will help a child in need!
“My Day with Jandry”
Sept. 20, 2013 by Suzy Davis
I’ve sponsored an 8-year-old boy named Jandry for a year and finally flew to Quito to meet him face to face. All I knew was that he and his mom Belle live in a one room concrete shack in a slum outside the city. (The alcoholic father beat and abandoned them years ago.) Belle is a full time maid for a rich family and making only $147 a month.
Children International provided me a driver and translator for the full day. Their transparency in answering all my questions was most impressive. After 2 hours of bus rides, Jandry and Belle arrived to meet me there. (It was too dangerous for me to go to his slum I was told.)
We greeted with timid hugs but grew closer throughout each hour of the day. I arrived at CI HQ and met the entire staff. This precious wide-eyed boy had only one request, to visit a park because there’s no grass where he lives. I noticed his pants 3 sizes to big were held up with a rope. Before we headed out for a day of fun, our first stop was shopping in an actual mall, a first for them. It was so joyful to pick out some clothes for him, just a few warm and stylish pieces. Size 12, in and out of dressing rooms, Jandry emerged with the biggest smiles. I took him to a toy store saying he could only pick 2 things. This was serious soul searching shopping, just as I could be shopping for a diamond ring. He seemed to take forever in making his wisest decision of 2 Dragon Bullz action figures. Mind you, he and Belle asked for nor expected anything from me.
We then rode Teleferico cable cars high into the mountains until our ears popped. They were silent. I asked Gonzalo my translator, if they were frightened. He said, “No, just in awe of the wonder of this.” I took Jandry to a nearby decrepit small carnival with some rusted and ancient rides to enjoy. Here he took my hand with total trust. His other hand held his first blue cotton candy. He looked up to me as if he’d just arrived in Disneyworld.
We then went to a supermarket under the guise that I needed some Ecuadorian honey and corn nuts. I surreptitiously filled a cart full of goodies. Back at our van now filled with bags, I told them I forgot I couldn’t take this food on the flight home, so they must take it. I then gave them some bags of gifts I’d collected in Atlanta. Belle was overwhelmed with some jewelry. Jandry was beside himself, as if it was Christmas, when he opened the Dollar Store items.
The rest of the day was focused on eating – eating everything and anything we wanted from empanadas to pizza. Quito's colonial square is so grand and entertaining. After dinner in a restaurant, sneaky Jandry had told waiters it was my birthday, A tiny cake with a candle was delivered and Jandry exploded with laughter. He saved the candle in his pocket. His tiny hand reached out for mine as we walked back to the van. He made this my most memorable birthday ever.
Some tears were shed when it was time to say goodbye. Gonzalo interpreted back and forth our final words. Jandry begged me to come back next week. Belle’s eyes leaked as she hugged me hard…”Suzy, we can’t thank you enough for this day we’ll never forget. You are paying for Jandry’s school tuition, books and uniform. I tell him for this you must continue to make straight A’s. You are paying for his dental, medical and eyeglasses. We go to mass and believe in God. You are an angel sent by God directly to us.” As Gonzalo translates more, my eyes start to leak. I try to hide this looking out the window thinking - $25 bucks a month is peanuts for the joy of this priceless moment.
I’ll support Jandry to age 18 when he will then volunteer with CI. And I’ll visit him and Bella each year forward. Please choose a child. I’ll arrange a group tour just for us to visit our children.
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