Many feelings occupied Saelig’s and Dalora’s hearts, foremost of which might have been helplessness. They wanted their young son, Sven, to succeed in his education and perhaps attain something better than what they had. But despite the hard work Sven put in, it seemed impossible—or at least improbable—without the tools Sven needed to succeed.
The Desire to See Him Succeed
Saelig worked as a daily laborer, and the money he earned provided food and shelter for Sven, Dalora and Sven’s two sisters. But the money Saelig earned wasn’t enough to properly support Sven in his studies. Saelig and Dalora couldn’t afford the necessary school supplies or extra tutoring Sven needed.
One day, visitors came to Saelig and Dalora’s home. They introduced themselves as staff from GFA World’s Child Sponsorship Program. They had learned of the family’s plight and possessed a solution.
The workers explained they could enroll Sven in the sponsorship program. There, he could receive all the support he needed in his studies. It appeared to be an opportunity Sven’s parents could not miss.
When Sven first began attending the program, the program staff saw a little boy covered in dirt with no clean clothes to wear—a stark reminder of his family’s poverty. But Sven was willing to learn, keen to absorb every bit of information and guidance the staff would provide him.
Learn more about the GFA World Bridge of Hope program and how you can children, their families and their communities break the cycle of poverty through community-wide solutions which may include opportunities for education, medical care, protection against malnutrition, clean water and more.
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