By Elizabeth Alex, CFCA community outreach and media relations director
April 25 may be World Malaria Day on the calendar, but for lots of people living in poverty, every day is malaria day.
CFCA sponsor David Herbison discovered the harsh reality in person when he visited his sponsored friend Moreen in Uganda in 2011.
“She was battling malaria,” David remembers. “You could tell she was appreciative of the visit, but she was tired, lethargic and struggling.”
Making life even more miserable, the malaria was causing Moreen to miss school.
“Education was a priority to her,” David explains. “She was so close to achieving her goal.”
David spoke to the local project coordinator, offering to pay for medicine to help Moreen.
But he learned the medicine she needed was already there. By the time he left Uganda, Moreen was on the mend.
Medicine, mosquito nets and malaria prevention information all can be part of sponsorship benefits for CFCA families who need it.
That is the beauty of a sponsorship program focusing on individual families and their needs as CFCA does.
In the end, the Herbison family’s sponsorship may have saved Moreen’s life.
She recovered, finished her studies and is now enrolled in a university studying fashion design – the only child in her family to go to school at all.
David and his family know all about Moreen’s progress through the letters they exchange as part of the sponsorship program.
The dollar a day David gives for Moreen provides life-changing opportunities to her and her family.
But David doesn’t see it that way.
“I am not making a difference in the world,” David said. “Being a sponsor is making a world of difference to me.”