By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director
A confident smile is the first thing you notice about Doris. It lights up the home where she lives with her mom, dad and baby brother.
It’s a tiny but tidy two-room space. An American visitor might notice the walls are covered with cardboard to insulate against cold weather.
Doris wants to be an engineer so she can design homes that are much sturdier than the one she lives in.
“When you are an engineer you get to draw,” Doris explained. “And I like to draw houses.”
Doris wasn’t confident as she waited to get a sponsor. She was afraid that the little kids would be chosen first, and that nearing the old age of 11 she would be past the time anyone would choose her.
So Doris and her mom, Elizabeth, were elated when they got the word that a sponsor in the United States chose her. Just before her 11th birthday.
“I became very emotional,” Elizabeth said, knowing the world that will open up for her daughter. “This was one of my hopes.”
Along with drawing Doris likes to write. She immediately wrote three letters to her sponsor and waited for a return letter.
“I told him about my life, what we did for Christmas and New Year,” she explained. “I said I would be graduating to the next level at school, and I hope you will send a letter and tell me more about yourself.”
Unfortunately, her sponsor had to discontinue his sponsorship support before Doris received any letters.
While Doris still gets financial benefits from Unbound, her dream of creating a friendship via letters has been put on hold.
Unless someone like you steps in to sponsor her.
Doris wants to know all about you.
And she wants to tell you about her school, the drawing contest she won and the dance group she joined for competitions.
And she wants to share that bright smile to help light up your home.
(Editor’s note: After this blog was published, Doris found a sponsor.)