Featured Person: Sharon Clyburn
Sharon is a multi-child sponsor through Children International and other organizations and is a longtime Aura’s House supporter. She recently participated in our e-interview to share her thoughts with the community here at Aura’s House.
1. Who are you? Where are you from? What are your interests?
My name is Sharon Clyburn and I am from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I am a first grade teacher and tutor. My interests include Bible study, music appreciation and composition, history, personality studies, sketching, and of course child sponsorship
2. How did you hear about Aura’s House and what made you want to get involved with us?
I heard about Aura’s House when I was a member of a Yahoo group for child sponsors a few years ago. At that time, I sponsored two little boys from Zambia and I wanted to raise funds to help them with beds and other household needs. The fundraiser was a success and the boys received new beds, mattresses, and food.
3. What’s the best experience you’ve had as a sponsor of children? How has it changed your life for the better?
My best experience as a sponsor of children would be the two opportunities that I have had to visit my sponsored children who live in Colombia. These have been some of the most memorable experiences that I have had. It’s hard to describe the feeling that you get when you finally come face to face with the child that you have built a bond with through letter writing and photos. Meeting my sponsored children and their families and spending time with them have helped me to see the reality of their situations and it also allowed them to know that I am a real person who does care about them. The families are very warm and so appreciative of the help that they receive through Children International and this was communicated to me time and time again through their words and nonverbal expressions of gratitude.
Being a child sponsor has helped me to see that although I am one person, I can help make a difference even in one life. And the experience helps me focus on something that is really important, giving unconditional love to others who may be need.
4. Anything else you’d like to share with the Aura’s House community?
I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help children and their families by becoming involved through sponsorship and by participating in the fundraisers promoted by Aura’s House, because these are all worthwhile causes that will truly bring about a positive change in a child’s life. It is so wonderful to see what can be accomplished when so many sponsors and friends come together to complete these projects. I am thankful that so many families and communities have benefited as a result.
Thanks Sharon! If you’d like to keep up with Sharon and all her activities and projects, feel free to visit her blog here.