February 18, 2013 | Volunteer Spotlight
Lissette Hernandez Is Changing a Child’s Life in Malawi
World Vision Sponsor a Child Program -- Changing a Child's Life in Malawi
When Lissette Hernandez heard a public service announcement on the radio for World Vision about its Sponsor a Child program, she knew she had to act.
“I feel so blessed when I go into the grocery store and have the luxury of having access to nutritious food choices for the week whereas other mothers do not and can only hope to plan day by day” she said. “As a single mother myself, I think about mothers around the world who not only worry about comforting their child when their tummies hurt, but also do not have access to healthcare or maternal programs, such as pre-natal vitamins, sonograms and routine checkups at her OBGYN. I can’t ignore that.”
Lissette signed up to be a sponsor for $35 a month. One week later she received her Welcome Kit from World Vision containing all of the information about Amos, an 11-year-old boy living in Malawi with his mother. His father died of AIDS.
For Lissette, sponsoring a child a world away seemed perfectly natural. She has always had an innate desire to help others. Since early childhood, growing up in West New York, N.J., she would see public service announcements on television and wonder why there were so many children starving around the world. She knew when she got older she would have to do something to help.
She has, and now Lissette is thinking about sponsoring another child in the future. In the meantime, she is always happy to send and receive letters from Amos through a World Vision Community Change agent.
If you’re interested in changing a child’s world for the better by becoming a sponsor, go to http://www.worldvision.org/ and learn more.
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