In the United with Hope program, they are unable to have the children write back to our letters that we send. They make up for this by sending lots of photographs. When my first letter to Ramya reached her in India, I got several photographs of her holding the letter. It was great to know it made it to her safely and to see it in her hands!
I was told how happy Ramya was to get the letter. Here are some of my favorite pictures.
In Honduras, our Manna 4 Lempira children celebrated the Day of the Child at their centers. We were able to receive photos/videos of them having fun! I got to see a couple of my kiddos celebrating.
I caught some glimpses of Junior in the Mi Betania video (he’s in the yellow shirt):
I almost missed Cristian in the El Tablon video, but caught him the second time around (in the white shirt):
And the Mercedes centers posted photos, where I got to see several of Ludvi!
I’m guessing that’s one of her sisters that she’s holding.
Yeyson was pictured writing a letter in a photo at his center recently, too. I can’t wait to receive it from him!
And finally, I’ve been getting to see lots more posted pictures of the United with Hope tutoring program in India, where Ramya attends. The amount of photos I receive of her is truly massive, and I love it! Here are just some of my favorites:
On this Photo Friday, I have some new photos of Ramya from last week’s tutoring session to share. I sponsor Ramya through United with Hope and she lives in India. I love being able to see new photos of her weekly!
She is on the right in the picture below.
I also got a new photo of Nusura and her pretty smile, along with more information about her! Nusura is my correspondent (“penpal”) through Revive a Rural African Child in Uganda.
Seven siblings, wow! I love her big dreams of wanting to be a nurse and completing college. We also have the same favorite color. It’s heartbreaking to think of her crying for food, something I’ve never had to experience. But that is why I’m a sponsor. The opposite of poverty isn’t wealth; it’s enough. I want to help others have enough like I do.
While I have been talking about some smaller organizations, there was one that was not new to me. I had heard about it before and know several people who sponsor through it. The Organization is called United with Hope. They work in India, which my heart still breaks for after Compassion was sadly forced to end their work in the country. United with Hope is also a Christian organization, but since they are so much smaller and just work with one community, they are able to continue operating. The person who runs the ministry is a Compassion sponsor herself. Knowing all of this, and seeing others’ pictures of beautiful Indian children, I’ve always been pulled to want to sponsor with them. But it took me awhile- over a year. Honestly, I think it’s because it was very hard to find up to date information on the websites or Facebook pages on how to sponsor or which children were available. I guess it was good that I waited, though, because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have Ramya. On one of the Facebook pages, there were some children in an album listed as needed sponsors a month ago. I messaged the page to see if Ramya was still available. I got invited to a private Facebook group that is kept up to date, found out she was available, and sponsored her.
There are a couple different programs United with Hope has that you can sponsor a child (or widow) through. I sponsor Ramya through the tutoring program. It is run by the pastor of the church. Sponsorship is $10 a month and gives the children tutoring and meals 6 days a week. There is a very low literacy rate in the area and many children are unable to go to school. You can also purchase extra gifts through a store on their website to send to your child, along with sending letters and packages.
Ramya is the younger sister of another girl who was already attending the program, and now she is old enough to attend, too. She is 6 years old. I already have TONS of photos of her! These are just a few:
The girls having fun
Receiving a backpack and school supplies
Participating in lessons