Sponsorship-A Key to Development

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I am happy to be officially starting a new blog about the development of the Cangumbang Project, post-construction. I hope through this blog all of you can continue to share in my experiences with the community. I want to continue to share with each of you the stories of the families, the daily interactions with the children, and the hardships I witness throughout my time in Cangumbang. I am extra excited for the development because my friend Carter Brown, who I have been friends with for nearly 10 years, will be working on my project beginning in July. With his ER experience and Biomedical Sciences degree in hand I am sure he will be a big contributor to the project! He will also be doing some guest blogging for me too!

The first key to development in Cangumbang is sponorship. I am happy to report that so far I have been able to find sponsors for 4 new sponsored children in Cangumbang. So starting this June these 4 children will now have access to all the resources provided by the VFV sponsorship program and all the activities I am planning for the coming months. :)

For more information on the sponsorship program please email me at elsa.thomasma@gmail.com or check out the Volunteer for Visayans Child Sponsorship page at http://www.visayans.org/sponsor-a-child. Sponsoring a child is a great way to form a personal connection to the community of Cangumbang, and it costs only $300 USD per year.

As a sponsor myself and a witness to the services the program provides, I can attest to the programs genuine care and concern for the well-being and success of every child it serves. Children are afforded the resources to attend school, receive daily feedings, and now participate  in many special activities and classes at the new center. They receive a monthly grocery subsidy as well which helps lessen the burden on the family to provide food for their children each month.

In 2011, I started the Bike Project in Cangumbang. With donation money collected from family and friends we bought 16 bikes for the sponsored children in Cangumbang to utilize when riding to and from school or in to the market. The bikes saved families fare money for their children, and also saved the children from walking sometimes 2 or 3 miles too and from school, which is especially tedious when it rains.

One of my goals this fall is to find individuals who are willing to sponsor the continuing Bike Project in Cangumbang. Now that more children have become sponsored their are at least 6 children without bicycles, I would really like to provide bikes for these children. The bikes we purchased in 2011 cost approximately $25 USD. This spring I was pleasantly greeted by the sight of children still continuing to use their bikes, which have bore strenuous weather conditions with surprising ease.

The pictures included in this blog are of three girls in Cangumbang who are in need of sponsorship. Please comment on this blog or email me if you would like to learn more about one of the girls pictured.

As I prepare for my trip back across the globe on Friday I ask for your thoughts and prayers. For the motivation to never give up on my project and for the pouring out of blessings on the community of Cangumbang over the next few weeks, months, and years. July could be a hard month for all of them as the rainy season rolls in, but with the new center at hand I know this year will inevitably be one of the easiest yet.


Thanks!

Elsa

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