25 Years of Lifting Children into a Better Future
She’s 19 and she’s still crying.
You saw her in our first Child Sponsorship Program video. Aom was 12 years old then, and desperately in need of help. Living in a falling down shack in a small village in Buriram, Aom had seen her mother die when she was ten years old, then watched her father take her two brothers and walk out the door, never to come back. He abandoned her to the care of her grandmother. The grandmother loved Aom, but was old and crippled. In the end, it was Aom who looked after her grandmother, begging food from neighbors, or boiling rice, just rice, no meat, no vegetables, for dinner each night. When Child Sponsorship interviewed her, Aom cried. She was so tired. And oh, she wanted to keep on going to school. But there was no money. That meant no school. No hope for a better future. So Aom cried.
Those were tears of hopelessness.
The tears she cried last Saturday night at Child Sponsorship Program’s 25th Anniversary Celebration were tears of hope. Of joy. Of thankfulness. Last May, Aom graduated from commercial school with a bookkeeping diploma and is now working as a cashier in a Thai company.
Aom was just one of many ‘children’ who joined CSP’s celebration at Novotel Hotel in Bangkok. May graduated university and is working in the finance department of Toyota. Kai graduated university and is now part of CSP’s Chiang Rai staff. Daw*, Aran* and Som* live in CSP’s Baan Chu Jai and are finishing high school. In the 25 years Child Sponsorship has reached out helping hands to Thailand’s needy children, thousands have been lifted into a better future. The Celebration rejoiced in all that God has done, with Thai traditional dances, loud drums, joyful videos and touching testimonies. Ms. Pikul Thongtaep, Director of CSP, welcomed the 127 honored guests and friends, calling the Celebration ’25 years of Grace’. She thanked everyone saying ‘we can’t run this ministry without the support of everyone – your support gives us strength to continue’, while another speaker challenged, saying ‘hundreds more are waiting for help. For light in their darkness. Keep on being God’s hand of love and care to the needy children of Thailand.’
Celebration and challenge – all it takes is you. Your hand reaching out to help one child. To help one child go to school for one year costs just $220. Talk to Child Sponsorship about it today. Because every life counts.
* not their real names.