Featured Person: Inga Katelari -Cyprus
Inga Katelari is a new volunteer at Aura’s House and is a super-sponsor of multiple children through Children International.
I’ve been a sponsor with Children International since March 2009. I wanted to start sponsoring for a while, but just couldn’t figure out how I could go about it. You see, here in Cyprus where I live, there aren’t so many possibilities to get involved in a sponsorship. I didn’t know anything about US charities until I saw an ad about CI on my favorite Animal Rescue Site and Care2. After that I decided to act — and requested more information. What I received was my sponsorship packet with a picture of a precious child — the first child that I have sponsored — his name is Abraham and he is from Honduras. He was 5 years-old back then. I have attached this first picture of him that I fell in love with! 😉
Abraham has 6 other siblings and single mother who is raising them on her own on a mere $189 per month! Attached is their family picture, and it looks like one of his sisters is special needs.
But in spite of every difficulty in their lives, they look like a wonderful and loving family! Abraham likes playing with toys and cars and playing soccer. His favorite soccer team is Real Espana de Honduras. He recently got his soccer ball he wanted so much (shown in photos). Abraham is a very active and talented child. His biggest talent is singing (we are alike!). His favorite TV program is “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and he likes dogs and little chickens. 🙂 He also attends church with his mother every Sunday! He likes to share his stuff with siblings and friends and helps his mother; his chore at home is running errands. I can tell that he is kind and helpful!
Some time ago I’ve had some both good and sad news about Abraham’s education and health — happy news was that my Little Hero’s “educational progress is ‘Advanced’ and his overall grades are ‘Excellent’!” Additional comments: “the child is really intelligent and is learning quickly. He seems to be very interested in continuing his education.” If what I can contribute helps him finish school and hopefully, proceed to college – I’ll be very happy! So I hope and pray I can help him to achieve his dreams by becoming what he wants to be!
Now, the sad news was about his health that he had been diagnosed with 2nd degree malnutrition. He was four feet and three inches tall and weighed 42 pounds in October. I was so worried about him but it seems that he’s slowly gaining weight and he is currently enrolled in Children International’s feeding program.
As for my other sweetheart from Barranquilla, Colombia with a beautiful name Yuselfi, my sponsorship journey with her started rather unexpectedly. She was featured in CI’s “End the Wait” Campaign as she has been waiting for more than a year for her first sponsor. Attached is her first picture taken before the sponsorship.
In April 2010, Steve Hogan (another multi-child sponsor and longtime Aura’s House supporter) visited his children in Colombia and I was so lucky that Steve could visit Yuselfi for me as well. He took many pictures and a video of her!
Yuselfi likes to play with dolls, her favorite subject is Mathematics and she would like to become a doctor when she grows up! Big ambitions for such a little girl. She just turned 8 in October!
Yuselfi is one of the most in need. Her family income is just around $140/month and her home is made of concrete with a corrugated metal roof and a dirt floor. She has to use an open field as their sanitary facility. Can you imagine that? 🙁 I was hoping to help them to replace their corrugated metal roof and the dirt floor, plus to build a latrine/toilet for them but unfortunately I got a report back from CI some time ago saying that the home they live in doesn’t directly belong to Yuselfi’s mother and therefore, those changes wouldn’t be possible. I, however, had requested information on a possible Income Generation Project and they (CI) came back to me with her family’s suggestions.
Yuselfi’s mother would like to start a business of renting washing machines and 2 washing machines would cost $402. So, I’m working hard on that now. There is a stepfather present in Yuselfi’s and her younger brother Diego’s lives but her mother would like to become independent to be able to support her children if the stepfather ever leaves. I really hope that my project for Yuselfi will take off. It would be wonderful if other people would be willing to help me with that as well.
Another thing that I have in mind for my Yuselfi is to improve her accommodations. Her family shares this home with other 5 people and they don’t own their own place, so maybe it’s a long term project to help them build something. I will have to seriously consider and inquire about some possibilities for her. I attach pictures of Yuselfi receiving her direct packages. Note that in one of her pictures she is wearing her red dress and hair band that I chose for her and sent to her as her Birthday present.