Interview with Jennifer S., an inspiring teen who chose sponsorship for her senior class project!
I met Jennifer on LiftOne, a site created by Children International to promote sponsorship. I was impressed by Jennifer’s maturity and willingness to help others. She is a very inspiring teenager. I loved that she chose sponsorship as the topic of her senior project! She also has inspired others to help out by recruiting a Daisy Troop (kind of like a Girl Scout Troop) to help her gather toys and clothes to take on Jennifer’s upcoming trip to Mexico to visit Paola. We generally don’t link to non-Aura’s House fund-raisers but I felt this was a good time to make an exception in honor of supporting a young person on their journey of sponsorship and making a difference in another child’s life! To view one of the fund-raising portions of Jennifer’s project please click on this link: Jennifer’s Project .
-Heather Efthymiou, Partner at Aura’s House
1. Jennifer, how did you hear about sponsoring children through Children International?
I heard about sponsoring children through Children International from my senior project mentor Mack Fritch.
2. Your senior class project is about child sponsorship. Can you please tell us more about your project?
For my senior project I am collecting donations for Paola and her family. Paola lives with her 3 sisters and mother in Guadalajara, Mexico. She lives in a very small house and needs all the help she can get. Currently, Paola is trying to learn how to read. She has been denied access to school because of birth certificate complications, so is trying to receive tutoring at the community center near her home. The money I am getting through First Giving is going to help her get the necessary tutoring and education she needs. I am also collecting items for Paola like shoes, clothes, toys, books, eating utensils, and a lot more. In February, I am going to Mexico to bring these items to her and her family. On our trip, we will be having a small birthday party for Paola because she will be turning 7! We will take her to the zoo for a day of fun! I am so excited to be helping someone and seeing the changes I bring to their lives. Children International is a great organization that I think everyone should be a part of.
3. Do you think you will continue being a sponsor long-term?
Yes, I think I will try and sponsor for the rest of my life! Helping people is one of the most important things in life. Through Children International, you can make a difference and make a change. We can bring the help to these children that they need, so they can have a successful future because everyone deserves to look forward to tomorrow.
4. What would you tell other young people who think they can’t really make a difference because they are just teenagers or children?
I would tell them that age has no significance in helping others. Even the smallest gesture can make a difference in these children’s lives. That gesture might just be the thing that they will remember for the rest of their lives and feel extremely thankful for.
5. How does it make you feel to know you are helping change a young girl’s life through group sponsorship?
The feeling is indescribable. I have done various volunteering for causes over the years, but there is just something about Children International that is different. I know that I am changing and improving Paola and her family’s life, which offers great reward in itself.
6. Is there anything else you would like to add to the interview?
I am very thankful for all that I have in life, and helping someone gives you the best reward you could ever imagine. This reward doesn’t have to be in your hands; just the fact that you are changing the world is enough in itself. Thank you J 🙂