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Meeting my sponsored child
Personal Development & Community

It was an extraordinary life event for both my husband and I. Since August 2009, Miriamu's family and community continue to thrive. Miriamu recently celebrated her 9th birthday and dreams of becoming a teacher.

Why were you inspired to do this?

Sponsoring a child is something I had wanted to do for a very long time. I was never quite sure I could commit to it financially, however, and didn’t want to start something I couldn’t continue. In March 2008, my perspective changed. I started thinking about the net positive impact it could have on a child and her family’s life and stopped worrying about the annual financial contribution I would have to make. So I did my research, settled on an organization and found Miriamu. I knew I wanted to sponsor a child in Tanzania. Why? Because I had plans to be there in the not-so-distant future and I wanted to ensure an opportunity to someday meet this child and better understand her life.

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

Commitment: The process to be undertaken in sponsoring a child and then determining the circumstances in which one can meet him or her can be significant. Talking about doing it is one thing but actually committing to do it, is quite another.

Faith: It was hard for me to imagine what life was like for Miriamu. Or what her dreams were. But I knew that I wanted to know more about her and her family. All I needed was a little faith to imagine myself visiting this sweet girl.

Perseverance: This journey – over the year and a half leading up to my visit – was an eventful one. Filled with lots of challenges, luck and small personal victories. I had no idea how much thought and hard work would be necessary to ensure the main purpose for my travel to Tanzania would be fulfilled – in a way that would meet my expectations. I can happily say that it was – in every possible way.

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

This was perhaps one of the most amazing experiences I have had to date. Miriamu is a sweetheart. Very shy but she radiates light. Meeting her and her family was truly an honour.

Additional notes and tips:

For more stories about Miriamu and the evolution of my journey to meet this sweet girl, visit my blog: http://prairiegirlbyday.wordpress.com/category/miriamu/



4/27/2016 3:21:45 PM

or u could sponser a dragon bruh. dragons be real cool

3/19/2011 11:12:01 PM

Congratulations. I believe that you've already gotten the real award in watching the child's smile. All my wishes to you that God bless you and awards you more than you deserve (inshallah)

12/30/2010 12:25:37 PM

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1/25/2010 2:17:29 PM

Such an awesome story. Congratulations.

1/11/2010 8:06:40 PM

I love that you did this! I've sponsored "sisters" in Women to Women Intl before, and I've always wondered if I could make a meeting happen, but I've never had the guts to go for it. Did you blog or write anywhere in greater detail about your journey? I'd love to know more.

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