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My Year With World Vision

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I’ve been with World Vision for a year now.

I didn’t even realise it until World Vision sent me an email last week, celebrating “our” one year of togetherness.

World Vision Philippines

When I started to sponsor kids last year, I didn’t broadcast it. I didn’t share it on Facebook. I didn’t write about it in my blog. Not that there’s anything wrong about doing it; that was just my personal choice.

Even my closest friends didn’t (and still don’t) know about it. And I loved the secrecy – still kinda do – because I wasn’t tempted to accept comments about me being a good person… because I’m not. I’m really not.

So please spare me those comments. It is the hardworking people from World Vision, especially those who immerse themselves in the remote communities of our country, who deserve them.

But the disadvantage of keeping this “affair” a secret is that I wasn’t able to share the loveliness that is World Vision. I wasn’t able to “tell the world” about their good work and how each one of us, ordinary persons, can help even beginning with just one child. Because when you commit to help a child step in school and finish it, you are already helping uplift the life of one family. When you commit to help a handful of kids, you are helping uplift the lives of a community.

It doesn’t sound like much, but for me, imagining myself in the shoes of a sponsored child, it helps so much that someone out there, though a stranger, is invested in my education and well-being. It matters that someone out there cares for me.

And you know what? I want to believe that, in a way, through World Vision, I was able to become part of those kids’ lives. I hope I could visit them one day!

World Vision Philippines

(I am not a good sponsor. My kids have sent me letters and pictures but I wasn’t able to send even a single letter because it keeps slipping my mind. Must write them a letter tonight.)

Why World Vision

Alright, World Vision is not the first organisation I have supported. However, it is only World Vision that I’ve been able to support consistently because they’re not just an organisation. Being a sponsor feels like being part of this huge, lovely family.

I have always had a soft spot for children, so when I discovered the Christian organisation that is World Vision and its, well, vision to bring children back to school, I was sold. But child sponsorship is not the sole work of the group. If you take a look at their website, you’ll see that they are doing quite a lot of things and are involved in several communities’ livelihood programs, health and nutrition, values formation, and disaster preparedness, among others. They are even involved in disaster response in different countries.

Also, I remember that last year, I had a tiny contribution to their promotion of breastfeeding where we sponsored breastfeeding kits for Filipinas in poor communities.

But what I especially love about World Vision is how we, sponsors, also receive personal care — as if we are actually humans and not robots! Hehehe. They really read my emails and always respond quickly whenever I have concerns. Sometimes, when I happened to earn more and, thus, give more, they call me to confirm that I haven’t accidentally entered a wrong amount hehe. They also call me to ask where I would like to donate the “extra.” It’s the small things, really, but I just appreciate the openness of communication as well as the transparency. (And I like being treated like a human being! :P)

They also have a Sponsorship Portal that makes it easy for a sponsor to get updates about our kids. I could show you a screenshot, but then I’d be exposing the identity of the kids I’m sponsoring.

If you are someone who likes to keep track of donations, it can also be seen in the portal. However, they also diligently send you receipts of your donations (I didn’t ask for this but it doesn’t bother me either!).

You can also choose where you want to sponsor. Because I am from Mindanao, I chose to sponsor kids from Mindanao — from Misamis Occidental and from North Cotabato in particular. I have always wanted to sponsor more kids, but because I shifted from freelance work to full-time work this year, my reduced salary doesn’t allow it yet. But I’m faithful that God will increase my means of giving.

So…

There are a lot more reasons why you should sign up as a World Vision sponsor. First, sponsoring a child doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. You can sponsor a child’s education for just ₱750/month. (NOVEMBER 2017 EDIT: It used to be ₱600 when I wrote this post but as of May this year, it was changed to ₱750. Very reasonable if you ask me!) An ordinary lunch with the family even costs more than that. Giving is convenient – and you can even make it automatic to not miss deadlines. As I have mentioned above, the finances of the organisation is very transparent. There are events World Vision hosts for sponsors; I know sometimes there are perks, too.

Sponsors who have been with World Vision a whole lot longer than I’ve been may be able to tell you more wonderful reasons to be a sponsor. But I know they will all agree with me when I say this: to make a difference in a child’s life is priceless.

Visit http://www.worldvision.org.ph/ to get involved.

Disclaimer:

This is not a sponsored post. World Vision has not asked me to write about them. This post has been written entirely voluntarily, out of the joy and satisfaction that I have felt during my first year as a World Vision sponsor, with the hopes of involving more people in their good work.

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34 Comments

  • Reply Louisa September 14, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    This is an excellent way to contribute to those who need it. I once wanted to do this but got sidetracked. Will look into this and hopefully be able to help a child as well.
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    • Reply Maan September 15, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      I hope so too! You won’t regret it. 🙂

  • Reply Kati Balayan September 14, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I believe in the idea of paying it forward, I may not be able to be a sponsor at this moment, but will be sharing this with colleagues who I know will be very interested. Thanks for sharing the good deed!
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    • Reply Maan September 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      And thanks for sharing it with your colleagues!

  • Reply Melisa Sanchez September 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Wow giving and helping is really a great opportunity. Yes, its an opportunity for me because we are able to help those fortunate children today. I salute this organization. More blessings to you mommy, you a have a good heart 🙂
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    • Reply Maan September 15, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I am merely a vessel here. I hope more people sign up to become sponsors!

  • Reply Que Sullano - Gavan September 15, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Yay! We have been sponsoring a child for more than 10 years now. She just graduated this year and we are thinking of sponsoring another one.
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    • Reply Maan September 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Wow 10 years!!! Amazing! So excited for my kids to graduate, too!

  • Reply LaineyLovesLife September 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Wow! I’m glad to know you’re helping kids reach their dreams, Maan. 🙂
    I have been doing social work too and like you, I kept it a secret. I recently shared it to my love and found out he’s been helping kids too! I still believe this world is a kind place. We just need to inspire kind people to do more and talk more about their kind deeds so we could help more people.

    I’ll check their page out and see how I can help.. I do community immersion in the Philippines and I’ve participated several times in overseas outreach.. Sana mas madami pang tao na kagaya mo na tumulong. God bless you and your beautiful heart, Maan.
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    • Reply Maan September 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      I would have preferred to still keep it a secret! I don’t know; there’s something satisfying about doing something without the world having to know about it – especially in the age of Facebook. Diba? But yes, exactly. It’s important to share and spread the word, too! May God pour blessings onto you and your family, Lainey! 🙂

  • Reply Gilian September 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I love this organization. Years ago, we were sent to conduct a retreat program for them. It’s such a great thing to extend help to their students. Keep it up!
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    • Reply Maan September 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Wow what a lovely experience it must have been!

  • Reply tina September 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Never knew there’s this kind of organization. God bless souls like you!! Thank you for sharing and bringing light to the world. 🙂
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  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy September 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    My brother is also sponsoring a child via World Vision. It’s good to know more about this organization through your post. 🙂

  • Reply Janice September 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I have a soft spot for kids too and would choose to support them if I could as well. World Vision has been around for years and is a trusted organization already. I love how transparent they are about the donations. It makes sponsors even more motivated to help out.
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  • Reply edel September 15, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Sponsoring a child thru World Vision is a nice way of sharing one’s blessings. 🙂
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  • Reply jennifer villanueva September 16, 2015 at 1:24 am

    hi i used to sponsor a kid din under world vision… it went on for 2 years after that, hindi ko na na renew for whatever reason, can’t remember. hmm.. i don’t mind doing it again, when time comes.
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  • Reply Olga September 16, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I’ve been supporting a different organization for years now. While I do get newsletters regularly and greeting cards on birthdays, there’s no specific news about where exactly my donations go to.
    It’s wonderful how you get that from World Vision. You really see how you are touching other people’s lives. I’ll check out their site and find out how I can be a sponsor too. Thank you for sharing this story to us!

  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos September 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Will definitely check this out, I want to become a sponsor too. Thank you for sharing mommy! 🙂

  • Reply Arge September 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Helping kids get an education really goes a long way. Praying that every child will have the opportunity to get an education.
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  • Reply Lique Dimayuga September 17, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Wow, thank you for sharing this, this is actually a great gesture to help kids get a good education. Will check them out, it’s a nice feeling also to know that you’ve helped a child reach their dreams 🙂 God bless you
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  • Reply Joy September 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I did something like this when I was single. I’m planning of doing it again soon, you post is a great reminder. 🙂
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  • Reply Patty | MrsC September 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Aww you have such a big heart! I helped organize an event for World Vision before and I think it’s such a great organization.
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  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac September 22, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38.

    What a privilege to give!
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  • Reply Roxi Santiago September 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Great job Momma on paying it forward. 🙂
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  • Reply Ruth September 28, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Aww! May God continue to bless the works of your hand! Good job Mommy!
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  • Reply Rhoda Fajardo September 28, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I can totally relate to you. My youngest daughter recently celebrated her birthday in an orphanage. Sure, I posted a photo in Instagram, not to prove I have a huge heart, but to share a memory of my daughter’s 1st birthday.

    I’m nothing special. Heck, I don’t even go to church. But I genuinely have a soft spot for children that’s why I do what I do.
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  • Reply Ayi September 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    This is a great advocacy. What a simple but great way to help other people 🙂
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  • Reply Alaine October 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    You will be blessed with so much more. Thank you for sharing this post. There are so many ways to help those in need. 🙂
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  • Reply Monica October 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I will spare you the good person comments but thank you for inspiring me to sponsor a kid in World Vision : )
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  • Reply jared's mum October 14, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    i sponsored a child thru World Vision when I was still part of the work force. I would really love to do it again as soon as my purse permits it. It sure was a wonderful experience to know that you are helping someone in need + playing a vital role in someone’s brighter future!

    Kudos for being a World Vision sponsor!
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