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Passionate about being a child sponsor

“RM130 for two children may not be a lot, but to know that it can help complete two development projects truly encourages me. If all of us play a part and sponsor just one child, what an impact that would be!”  –Lisa Chang Siew Ling, Child Sponsor of 2 children

For Lisa, the most satisfying part of child sponsorship is when World Vision successfully phases out of the community. That’s when the families have become self-reliant and the community takes ownership of its future development.

“It (child sponsorship) is more than just a donation. It helps lay a solid foundation for sustainable development and brings hope to children living in poverty,” she explains. Lisa is convinced that through World Vision’s long-term development work, her sponsored children and their communities will thrive and have promising futures.

Lisa had felt compelled to sponsor a child after reading stories of poverty around the world and about World Vision’s work among the poor. Her first sponsored child was from Xinjiang, China. Later, while volunteering at a World Vision experiential booth, she decided to sponsor her second child – a boy from Praiburng, Thailand. The experience is very meaningful and emotional for as she puts herself in the shoes of those struggling to survive daily because of poverty. The stories she had read came to life for her! Since then, Lisa hardly missed volunteering at any World Vision’s events as long as time permits. She is always happy to share with people about child sponsorship and its concept in bringing about lasting change.

In 2013, her commitment to bringing about change in Xinjiang came to an end as World Vision phased out of the community. Without a second thought, Lisa continued her sponsorship with another child, also from China but in another area development programme.

The vulnerability of children especially those facing the harsh reality of poverty had left a deep impression on Lisa. She is determined to continue helping these children find hope and a way out of the vicious cycle of poverty through World Vision’s child sponsorship programme.

Sponsor a Child today and give him or her a promising future!

Joys of Child Sponsorship


“I want them to know that there is someone out there in the world who loves them.”
Elle Chin, Child Sponsor of 2 children

The year was 2013 when Elle came face to face with the sad reality of poverty during a World Vision Famine Advocate trip to Basanthi, India. Meeting 11-year old Parama was a defining moment for her.

Photographed with Parama during the 2013 Famine Advocates’ Visit to Basanthi, India.

Parama lives with her aging grandmother. They had been battling hunger, having little to eat each day. When Elle met them, the hungry little girl was shivering and her hands were cold. Elle gave them a bag of rice and what happened next tugged at her heartstrings. Parama’s grandmother burst into tears of joy and gratitude! Today, Elle is relieved to know that Parama is being sponsored under World Vision’s child sponsorship programme.

Elle’s child sponsorship journey began after she participated in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine Camp back in 2007. It taught her that every single effort counts, no matter how small it may be.

“It was alarming to know that many children do not live past their 5th birthday due to poverty. Sponsoring a child is the least I can do to bring lasting change in the lives of these children living in difficult circumstances. I know many who are hesitant to commit to a long-term sponsorship programme but having been a child sponsor for many years, I can assure you that the money spent is worthwhile – as we will see lasting change in the lives of those struggling with poverty,” said Elle, who is now World Vision Malaysia’s Youth Mobiliser.

For Elle, it is sheer joy whenever she receives her sponsored children’s drawings, letters and photos. Reading each child’s personal progress as well as their community development encourages her and she feels blessed to have played a part.

“Through letters and gifts, I hope that I can encourage my sponsored children to achieve their dreams. I want them to know that there is someone out there in the world who loves them.”

Sponsor a child today! Be part of World Vision’s work in bringing hope to children and communities in need.

黄丽娟用爱心为孩子播种希望

「在我们的生命中,应该做些有意义的事。之前在电视上看到关于世界宣明会的资讯。当我想为有需要的社群出一份力时,就自然而然联想到世界宣明会。当我开始 助养第一名助养童时,当时的每月助养费是50令吉。这笔善款不算多,但却能帮助到有需要的社群,非常有意义。我很高兴能成为儿童助养计划里的其中一个助养 人。 」世界宣明会志工兼儿童助养人——黄丽娟(Rachel Ng)分享道。

来自槟城的儿童助养人黄丽娟,共助养了11名儿童,早前更参与了世界宣明会的助养人探访团,到蒙古探访当地的孩子。

2013年3月,黄丽娟第一次参加世界宣明会的助养人探访团,到印尼的特尔纳特(Ternate)社区探访她的助养童及了解世界宣明会在当地的工作。这趟爱心之旅开拓了黄丽娟的天空,让她亲眼见证到自己的小小付出,所带来的巨大成果,从此更加坚定了她支持儿童助养计划的决心。

「探访之前,我并不了解儿童助养计划如何运作及资金的分配。亲身到社区探访后,更加清楚地了解世界宣明会的事工,不但为有需要的社群提供资源,同时也为他们提供培训,提升他们的技能。」黄丽娟分享道。

黄丽娟不只是亲眼目睹到助养童的生活获得改善,孩子们的纯真和热情也深深地感动了她。初次见到自己的助养童时,黄丽娟的内心非常激动。「原来他比我想象中还要大呢!他14岁了,但是却连最基本的计算法也不会。我本身是安亲班的院长,当天看到了他们的情况后,很想当场教导他们。」黄丽娟有感而发地表示。

「我们和当地的孩子相处得非常愉快,最感动我的是,有个孩子问我马来西亚远不远?问我可不可以留下来陪他。他说话的时候,还靠在我的身上呢。 」短短几天的相处,孩子们的热情融化了黄丽娟,让她留下了深刻的回忆。

今年5月,黄丽娟再度参与世界宣明会的助养人探访团,到蒙古探访她的另一名助养童。「这次的旅程非常特别,让我同时见证到两个处于不同发展阶段的社区工作。一个是发展计划即将完结的纳赖(Nalaikh)社区,另一个则是处于发展初期的巴嘎诺尔(Baganuur)社区。」

其中最令黄丽娟印象深刻的是纳赖社区的感恩仪式。当地居民和职员一起上台表演,感谢所有的助养人。从他们的脸上,黄丽娟看到了他们的不舍之情。经过他们十多年的用心付出,今天终于看见成果了,大家都非常地感动。

黄丽娟在印尼及蒙古亲眼见证到世界宣明如何透过各种不同的发展项目和培训课程,帮助他们自力更生。「我非常认同这种『授人以鱼,不如授之以渔』的理念,也让我对世界宣明会在扶贫发展工作的善款分配与运作方式充满信心,这也是促使我想要助养更多儿童的原因。」

黄丽娟说道:「很多人并不知道社会非常需要他们。即使只是小小的付出,也能为这世界带来转变。您的善举不但可以帮到别人,自己的生活也过得更有意义。希望有接触过或听过关于世界宣明会的人,能抽出一些时间去了解世界宣明会的事工。如果一人助养一名小孩,凝聚大家的力量,就可以帮助更多的人。我非常感恩有一群如此热心和充满梦想的社区职员在默默地付出,努力地改善着社区的生活。他们无私的奉献精神远比我们的捐款来得更大。」

从一个儿童助养人到热心的志工,黄丽娟不遗余力地付出她的爱心,也从中感受到为善最乐的喜悦。「我从去年开始投入志工服务,在我家附近举行的巡展活动中当志工,借此机会与更多人分享关于儿童助养计划,希望能号召更多人一起加入这个爱心行列。」

除了助养儿童,黄丽娟(后排右2)也热衷于志工服务,身体力行地鼓励更多人加入她的爱心行列。

除了助养儿童,黄丽娟(后排右2)也热衷于志工服务,身体力行地鼓励更多人加入她的爱心行列。

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黄丽娟参与儿童饥饿行动8小时营会的志工服务。

如果您也深受黄丽娟的善举所感动,想了解更多关于儿童助养计划的详情,欢迎浏览 https://www.worldvision.com.my/ch/sponsor-a-child