I was compensated by World Vision for my time in writing this post. All opinions are my own.
Her name means flower.
It’s fitting for Xochilt, a precious 5 year old in Nicaragua, wearing a sparkly crown as she explains her favorite colors are green, pink and yellow.
She loves school and playing house. Just like my little girl.
Her family has suffered like most in the country from one of the worst droughts to hit Central America. Nicaragua is already the second poorest nation in the region, combined with high-food prices and less than $1 a day incomes and lack of job opportunities, it make it tough for families like Xochilt’s to make ends meet.
I’ve stood in the tiny homes of some of our sponsored children’s homes–in various countries– and I can tell you this truth: child sponsorship changes their world.
Thankfully, Xochilt is a sponsored child through World Vision, along with her brother. Sponsorship not only provides Xochilt with school supplies, clean clothes, and hygiene supplies, but it gives her mother access to job skills training, while her father works day jobs.
Through World Vision’s entrepreneurship training program, her mother has learned to make piñatas and develop a small business plan. I have seen the impact small businesses like these make around the globe for families in extreme poverty. Her mother’s business creates a second source of income so it lessens the impact of the shifting nature of her husband’s construction job and world economy.
I’ve witnessed first hand how life-changing micro businesses help families like Xochilt’s.
This mother and millions like her want to provide a safe and good home for the families. But they often face so many obstacles and challenges just to survive.
I love that World Vision also facilitates parenting trainings where mothers learn how to build up self-esteem and trust with their children through open dialog and discussion. Since many parents raise their children as modeled by their parents, they repeat what they experienced. So Xochilt’s mother is taking classes on how raise children without using physical punishment or verbal abuse.
“It’s been quite helpful for me, especially with my kids,” she says. “Before I didn’t listen to my kids, or I did not spend quality time with them. Now at home, we have a schedule for homework and playtime — and also mom to children time.”
Now, she has dreams for her Xochild. “I really would like to support her with an education… so she chooses what she would like to be. And that’s what I want for my children — a good future for them.”
Today, you can do more than sponsor a child: You can make a mother’s dream come true by offering her family a future.
Some of the most meaningful and moving experiences of my life have been through child sponsorship. It’s a beautiful way to help a child.
Including your own.
Would you consider sponsoring a child today? It’s world-changing.
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