When Hamile was 8 months old, he developed epidermolysis bullosa, a skin disorder in which the skin is fragile and can become easily damaged.
Through CFCA sponsorship, Hamile has been able to receive treatment and is now on track to living a carefree, happy life.
My name is Hamile, I’m 13 years old and I live in Cartagena, Colombia.
I was sponsored when I was 5 years old.
I live with my two sisters and my niece because my mother works in Venezuela.
She works to support us and our daily needs.
I only have the chance to see her every six months for one week at a time.
When I was 8 months old, I developed a skin disorder called epidermolysis bullosa.
Sometimes it was difficult for me to meet other children because I was afraid they would laugh at me, or they would not accept me because of how my skin looks.
When I joined the sponsorship program, I had the chance to be part of a children’s group at CFCA.
I would visit the local CFCA office and the other children were very kind.
They understood it was not my fault.
Through my sponsorship, I receive some of the medicine and skin creams I need to keep my skin problem under control.
However, when the temperature rises my skin gets worse, so I have to take good care of myself.
I had a difficult moment when CFCA took the sponsored friends to the swimming pool to enjoy a recreational day.
I could not get into the swimming pool to play with my friends because of my skin disorder.
It was a hard day for me.
But, I feel confident at school with my classmates, thanks to the self-esteem and moral values I learned at CFCA.
Thanks to the CFCA children’s group, I overcame my fear of being rejected by other children.
Since then, I started to have normal relationships with others and I’ve become a much more outgoing person.