Super-Donor/Sponsor Steven K. Reports from Guatemala -Visiting Vivian
We recently received word (and photos) from longtime Aura’s House supporter and Children International super-sponsor, Steven Krumholz upon returning from Guatemala to visit his sponsored child, Vivian and her family.
“Peeking out from behind a wall, several young girls smiled then hid. Gladys the CI translator, called to them and slowly, shyly, 8 year old Vivian, 7 year old Marta and older sisters Carina (age 10) and Nancy (13) came to greet me. Vivian is my sponsored child, but Marta held my hand tightly all day long. The day began with my handing out candy to the sisters and their cousins, and they exchanged their drawings with me. Then we walked down the street to visit their house. Red and white balloons and a banner greeted me hanging from the ceiling of the open air “dining room”.
We then piled into the CI van and drove into Antigua, Guatemala, a city I had toured two days earlier. The coffee grown in Antigua is among the best in the world, but coffee was far from my mind. First stop was clothes shopping. Each child, Vivian and sisters, cousins and aunt all got to select a top and bottom. Vivian and Marta got a little tired as they watched the older ones picking out clothes, but they sat on my knees and seemed content to watch the others.
After shopping we went to lunch, an experience at a fast food outlet that only happens for this family when a sponsor visits. After that it was off to do grocery shopping. I had to keep encouraging the aunt and cousins to get two of everything they selected. We filled two grocery carts to overflowing, then headed for their home. It was hard to find space in the van for the adults, 8 children, groceries, clothes and two dolls. It was a long day, but one of those days you will never forget, something you will treasure forever. Guatemala is known as the country of eternal spring, but on the day I met Vivian and her family it was eternal smiles.”
Thanks Steven, for sharing your experience, and thanks for your unwavering support of needy children and their families! Your latest adventure reminds us (Kristen and Anastasia) of our trip to visit our sponsored children in Guatemala and Honduras back in 2006. We also were able to see the actual homes made possible by our very first Aura’s House projects for the Hernandez Family and Rojas Family. If you fancy a trip down Memory Lane and want to see the photos… click here.