Monday, April 1, 2013

Introducing Sawdaou

I've talked about sponsoring, now I'd like for you to meet my Compassion family.  I financially sponsor one child and I am a correspondence sponsor for three others.  What a correspondence sponsor means is I write the child but I do not financially sponsor them.  Usually they are sponsored by a business or organization (or occasionally a person) who cannot write them, but because letters are so important they are encouraged to allow correspondence sponsors to encourage the children in their stead.  I'll introduce you to the children one by one.  First we'll start with my youngest and the one that I financially sponsor.  This doesn't mean I love him more or less than the others. 

So without further ado, this is Sawdaou.

Isn't he cute?!  I certainly think so!  As I mentioned before Sawdaou is from Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in Africa.  He's four years old with a birthday in December.  He doesn't currently attend school because he's underage but he does attend the project as well as Sunday school.  Sawdaou lives with both parents who are occasionally employed as farmers.  As my Compassion information says, he on the plains of Benaverou, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and wood or tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, fish and potatoes.

Common health problems in this area include malaria, coughs, meningitis and typhoid. Most adults in Benaverou are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and tuition assistance.

I'm still waiting for my first letter from him.  When I hear more, so will you!

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