Going Beyond Sponsorship

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I know many of us wish we could pull out our checkbooks, fill out a check with a sizable amount, and donate it to our favorite charity, but the reality is most of us cannot. The good news is smaller donations add up. For example, a $38 monthly sponsorship payment has a huge impact on a child’s life. Jennifer Barclay and her family have been making that monthly donation these past couple years, sponsoring Dinkinesh and Yalis at FOVC’s project site we support in Shanto, Ethiopia.

Last April, when our team traveled to Shanto, Jennifer’s children received a gift from her family along with a letter and picture. In May, after Jennifer received her update on our trip, she contacted us letting us know her church was offering grant money. After Jennifer gathered the needed information she submitted a request. In late July we received a check for $1200 from Calvary Baptist Church in south Minneapolis.

Even though Jennifer could not write a check for $1200 herself, she used her connections to make a bigger impact in Shanto. Her monthly donation is helping provide Dinkinesh and Yalis with a daily lunch, the ability to attend school, received medical care, and support. Her extra effort of seeking out additional funding contributed toward paying an entire teaching staff for a month at Dinkinesh and Yalis’ school, The Kamfourd School of Excellence! We thank Jennifer and her family for their continued commitment of supporting these efforts in Shanto, Ethiopia.

How about you? We have several children still in need of a monthly sponsor. Head over to the FOVC Shanto Center of Hope page to select a waiting child. Also, are there ways you can seek out additional funding to help us continue to support our Ethiopian partners? We have lots of fundraising ideas and can offer you support. Connect with us today by e-mailing us at info@partnerswithethiopia.org.

 

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Last April our board President, Ingrid Olson, presented Dinkinesh with a picture of her sponsor, the Barclay Family.

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