Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Maame Adwoa and Other Nicknames



Do your kids have any nicknames that you know about?
Paper Art by Thineshka in Sri Lanka

A couple of my kids I knew their nickname already as it was their preferred name on Compassion’s site:

  • My Sandrine prefers to be called Sandra
  • Antonius likes to be referred to as Cris (which is a short form of his second name)
  • Richmond goes by Atta Kuma, which literally translates as “Younger Twin”, when I saw his name I knew he had a twin brother immediately, and sure enough got that confirmation in his first letter where he told me about how his “Elder Brother is 12 like me.”  His twin Richard goes by Atta.
  • My boy Jesus prefers his middle name Angel

But I also decided to ask my kids if they have any nicknames that they get called by their friends and family, and several of them did.  Here are the responses:

·         I Have a nickname and it is “BAPO” ~ Guguloth, 20, India
·        Yes, I have a nickname.  It is Son.  ~ Estevenson, 13, Haiti
·        I have a nickname that some people call me and they call me Estilingue (meaning catapult).  I do not know why. ~ Caua, 11, Brazil
·        At school, my friends call me Kity. ~ Keila, 11, Bolivia
·        They usually calle me Maame Adwoa in my house.  ~ Naomi, 5, Ghana
·        Most people prefer calling me by my two names (First and second) with no pause in between them.  I have a short name which gives people a hard time trying to separate them.  ~ Epher, 24, Kenya (LDP Student)

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Friday, 18 December 2015

The Kids Explain Sponsorship: Part 5



Recently (or not so recently to be honest, it was over a year ago now), I wrote a letter to each of my   Then I asked them to answer some questions for it.  There is a total of 5 Questions and I am posting one a day for five days.
Drawing by Clara in the Philippines
kids/teens/young adults and told them about this blog.

#5.  Why is it Important for Kids to Have Sponsors?

  • I think it is important to have sponsors. It is very important to have a sponsor because they support us emotionally and financially. It feels so good to have a friend who loves you, even when some children are denied a parents love ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  • By having a sponsor I am getting care, food, prayer and help, so it is very important. ~ Mukesh, 9, Inda
  • It is important for children to have sponsors because they receive help and we meet people from other countries. ~ Linda, 11, PeruIt is important for children to have a sponsor because sponsors help us to be educated and have good health.  ~ Atta Kuma, 16, Ghana
  • Every child should have a sponsor because a sponsor will help the child. ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  • It is important because they help us, give us some advice, we talk to each other, and they bless us with encouraging words to keep getting ahead. ~ Pamela 15, Peru
  • It is important for a child to have a sponsor.  They develop a good relationship by writing to each other. ~ Estevenson, 13, Haiti
  • It's so important for the children to have sponsors. It's so good to have a person abroad who loves and prays for us daily. ~ Caua, 11, Brazil
  • It's important to have a sponsor because they help us financially and they are a friend in another country. ~ Olga, 11, Bolivia
  • Now, I am educated. If I had had no sponsorship, I may have gone in for Labour Work. Really, it's wonderful that God has chosen me for you. ~ Guguloth, 20, India
  • Sponsors are like friends and family members who give us hope and love in their communication and support. ~ Epher, 24, Kenya (LDP Student)
  • Sponsors are so helpful in assisting needy children. Sponsors are satisfying our gaps in our necessities. ~ Tsigereda,19, Ethiopia
  • Children must have a sponsor because I think they will help children to know about Jesus, like me.  ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  • Martha says that it is important for children to have sponsors because sponsors help them achieve their life goals. . ~ Martha, 6, Kenya
  • So that the children do not get bored. ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
  • Compassion exists only because of its foundation stone of children and sponsors, so it is important for children to have sponsors. ~ Eby, 13, India
  • Sponsors pray for me! ~ Mangisi, 4, Kenya

This Concludes this Blog Series, and special thanks to my kiddos who gave me permission to post their words here.  If you ever read this, I love you all so much and you are all wonderful individuals created in the love of God.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

The Kids Explain Sponsorship: Part 4



Drawing by Clara in the Philippines
Recently (or not so recently to be honest, it was over a year ago now), I wrote a letter to each of my   Then I asked them to answer some questions for it.  There is a total of 5 Questions and I am posting one a day for five days.
kids/teens/young adults and told them about this blog.

#4.  How Does Compassion Help You?

  • Compassion has helped me with my school fees.  I have learnt skills like making necklaces and hairdressing.  I have also learned to read the Bible because of the Compassion programs at the church.  I also committed my life to Christ as a result of the Compassion Outreach programs.  God bless Compassion and the church. ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  • Compassion helps us by educating us by teaching us the word of God.  ~ Atta Kuma, 16, Ghana
  • Compassion helps me in every area.  I get clothes, food, care and so many things from Compassion. ~ Mukesh, 9, India
  • Compassion helps us a lot both in my studies and food.  The most important thing we learned a lot about is the word of God.  ~ Sandy, 12, Bolivia
  • My student centre helps me with my schoolwork that they give me at school, and I have medical checkups.  In the mid-year we receive blankets, and we get Christmas gifts.  ~ Linda, 11, Peru
  • About Compassion, they help us in the program.  I was helped to develop my talent.  ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  • At our student centre, they help us in the spiritual field in our daily devotions, and in the physical area they provide us with food.  ~ Pamela, 15, Peru
  • Compassion helps me in many ways; it helps me grow up spiritually; it helps me with my tuition fee; it helps me take part in a computer class, and so on. ~ Estevenson, 13, Haiti
  • Compassion has helped me very much spiritually and intellectually because, thanks to your help, I have many benefits, like, for example, school materials for my studies, medical checkups, special celebrations, birthdays, snacks, and Worship for Children, among other things.  ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  • Compassion helps with a wonderful project.  Here I study and take courses that will help me in the future.  Also, I’m surrounded by people who love me and care for me with love and affection. ~ Caua, 11, Brazil
  • Compassion helps me to be a good and generous person.  It helps me with my homework and to forgive.  I feel at home.  ~ Olga, 11, Bolivia
  • Compassion helped me to learn many things that I didn't know before.  I received presents on Christmas, I learnt the Bible and many other things.  ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  • Compassion is useful for me in different ways.  Compassion helps me to be released from spiritual, physical, economic and social poverty.  ~ Eby, 13, India
  • Compassion has helped me a lot.  Without this type of help, I may not be in the position I am in.  I have received all types of help and gotten knowledge.  I improved spiritually and am growing in the way of God.  ~ Guguloth, 20, India
  • Compassion helps me to eradicate spiritual poverty through teaching the word of God, and to grow academically and social-wise through the sponsors support.  ~ Epher, 24, Kenya (LDP Student)
  • Compassion supports those needy children in the provision of school fees, educational materials, clothes, shoes, edible oil, grains, hair oil, soaps, etc… plus Bible study, glasses, and helping children and parents to attend spiritual lessons.  We also spend joyful trips to some pleasant places.  Everything is so helpful.  ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia
  • Compassion has helped him attend school regularly through financial support from sponsors. ~ Mangisi, 4, Kenya
  • Martha says that Compassion helps her in many ways, including: medications, the payment of school fees, and the provision of a school uniform, among other things. ~ Martha, 6, Kenya
  • Compassion helps me to be friends with many people. ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
  • My project aids me financially and in so many different ways, it’s changing my behaviour. ~ Meron, 17, Ethiopia

Stay Tuned for Question #5 Tomorrow: “Why is it important for kids to have sponsors?

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The Kids Explain Sponsorship: Part 3



Drawing by Clara in the Philippines
Recently (or not so recently to be honest, it was over a year ago now), I wrote a letter to each of my   Then I asked them to answer some questions for it.  There is a total of 5 Questions and I am posting one a day for five days.
kids/teens/young adults and told them about this blog.

#3.  What Would You Like Sponsors to Know about Why They Should Write Letters to Their Sponsored Child?

  • I believe it is important for a sponsor to write to a sponsored child because it helps them to know they are loved, and for communication to grow. ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  • Sponsors should write letters to learn about how their sponsored children are and what they need. ~ Linda, 11, Peru
  • Sponsors should write letters so that they and the children can know each other well and keep in touch, just like parents with children.  ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  • The reason why a sponsor has to write the sponsored child is to create a perfect relationship. ~ Estevenson, 13, Haiti
  • The letters are so important to the children.  It’s when we feel happier.  We learn the sponsors news.  It’s a way to strengthen the friendship bond between the child and sponsor. ~ Caua, 11, Brazil
  • Letters make a child feel a part of you and your family.  Letters make a child feel that you are a part of their family.  Letters make a child feel you are a part of them. Letters make a child happy and loved.  ~ Epher, 24, Kenya (LDP Student)
  • The letters that we get from sponsors are so helpful as they may contain Bible verses, advice, etc.  And the letters from our side may help them to know our current status and to pray for us.  Children feel so glad whenever they receive birthday and family gifts. ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia

Stay Tuned for Question #4 Tomorrow: “How has Compassion helped you?”
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Kids Explain Sponsorship: Part 2



Recently (or not so recently to be honest, it was over a year ago now), I wrote a letter to each of my kids/teens/young adults and told them about this blog.  Then I asked them to answer some questions for it.  There is a total of 5 Questions and I am posting one a day for five days.
Drawing by Clara in the Philippines


#2.  What do you like hearing about in letters the most?

  • About letters from a sponsor, I desire to know mainly about their lives and families, whether they are fine or not.  ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  • I am very much happy to learn about your family members, your work, and your area. ~ Mukesh, 9, India
  • What I like the most about your letters is when you tell me that you pray for me and I am glad to learn how you are.  ~ Linda, 11, Peru
  • What I like the most in a letter is knowing how my sponsor is, about their daily activities, and also what is their condition, because my sponsor is just like my own parent and best friend.  ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  • I like when I get your letters and you say that you are healthy.  I like to hear about all the pieces of information you share with me.  And I like to receive your gifts. ~ Estevenson, 13, Haiti
  • I want to hear from your family and about the activities that you do.  ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  • What I like most about the letters is when the sponsor talks about his life and the life of her family, because that is very important to know how they are and how to pray for them.  ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  • I like hearing any news you can tell me in the letters.  Also, I like getting photos.  ~Caua, 11, Brazil
  • Communication is very important to all.  Mainly, like with us, I like to know about you through your letters, and I like that I can see you in photos.  That is very exciting.  Always, I just enjoy your letters. ~ Guguloth, 20, India
  • When my sponsor expresses how they love me and that they are praying for me.  These words compensate for the love that one might be missing from family members who died or those who are not around them. ~ Epher, 24, Kenya (LDP Student)
  • When we obtain pictures, advice, and information about the status of our sponsors and their respectful families.  Plus Bible verses too.  ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia
  • Martha says that, in the letters, she likes to hear the most about your good health with your family and young one, and the prayers that you have made for her. ~ Martha, 6, Kenya
  • What I like hearing about in the letters is, if you are fine.   I am happy to see your daughter and to hear about your friends.  ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
  • I am very pleased to get your letters because it pleases me a lot.  I am happy when I get to know how you are doing with your family.  It gives me more energy.  I am very happy to get to know that your child is growing up.  ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda

Stay Tuned for Question #3 Tomorrow: “What would you like to tell someone about why they should write letters to their sponsored child?”

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Monday, 14 December 2015

The Kids Explain Sponsorship: Part 1

Drawing by Clara in the Philippines


Recently (or not so recently to be honest, it was over a year ago now), I wrote a letter to each of my kids/teens/young adults and told them about this blog.  Then I asked them to answer some questions for it.  There is a total of 5 Questions and I will post one a day for the next 5 days!

#1.  What would you like someone who is considering sponsoring a child to know?

  • It is good for the sponsor to know whether the child they are considering has parents or not.  ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  • That there are many poor children in many countries and near my house there are many children that can't go to school.  ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  • I am glad that there are people who are thinking about sponsoring children.  I would like to tell you that different children have different needs.  ~ Linda, 11, Peru
  • When someone sponsors a child, he/she is helping the children in need.  They facilitate them to reach their dreams and help them, and also they help them to develop their life.  Cris, 13, Indonesia
  • Sponsorship is something very special, because for children that live in poverty it is a great blessing that God uses people with good hearts to provide help to the children that need it.  ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  • It is worth it to invest in a child’s life.  The program is committed to improving all areas of our lives.  ~ Caua, 11, Brazil
  • Sponsoring a child is investing in heaven, because whoever is going to do it will give hope to the child, their family, and even the coming generation.  Children are the hands we use to touch heaven.  ~ Epher, 24, Kenya (LDP Student)
  • I want to inform sponsors that your support is changing our lives, and I encourage you to continue your good deeds, as I and my family are living witnesses in this regard.  ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia
  • When one wants to sponsor a child, it is fun.  ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya

Stay Tuned for Question #2 Tomorrow: “What do you like hearing about in letters the most?”

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

What Is Your Favourite Food?


Personally, my favourite food is vegetable sandwiches and sushi (but not with raw fish!).  What's yours?

Drawing by Keila in Bolivia

I posted that question to my kiddos around the world, and here are the answers:
  • Meat.  Alex, Ecuador
  • Rice, Mashed Beans, and Veggies.  Estevenson, Haiti
  • Rice and Beans and Meat. Erickson, Kenya
  • Macaroni. Caua, Brazil
  • Apples and Paddy. Mukesh, India
  • Rice, Stew, and Fried Chicken.  Victor, Ecuador
  • Rice with Beans and Chapati with Meat. Mangisi, Kenya
  • Injera with Stew.  Tsigereda, Ethiopia
  • Green Noodles and Roasted Chicken.  Pamela, Peru
  • Rice.  Pince, Indonesia
  • Rice and Pulses.  Kajal, India
  • Rice with chicken.  Genoveva, Ecuador
  • Beans.  Esperance, Rwanda
  • Rice, Meat & Beans.  Alex, Ecuador
  • Cebiche and Rotisserie Style Chicken Linda, Peru
  • Ugali and Meat Stew.  Cynthia, Kenya
  • Salad. Sandra, Togo
  • Rice, Yam, Tomato Stew and Kontomire Stew. Naomi, Ghana
  • Rice with Meat or Beans Martha, Kenya
  • Brinjal and Grapes.  Thineshka, Sri Lanka
  • Fish, Rice & Bean. Francois, Dem. Rep. of Congo
  • Fish. David, El Salvador
  • Rice. Adama, Burkina Faso
  • Rice and Beans and Honey. Franklin, Honduras
     
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