Hand-in-Hand Sponsorship: On Being a Sponsor Mum
“Mama…” little Xuanxuan finally looked at me and called me with her soft and shy voice. At that moment my heart was melted and I couldn’t hold my tears. Perhaps it was her fragility and gentleness, or because that was my first time being called mum; it was a very emotional moment.
Getting to Know ICC
Xuanxuan is my sponsored child through ICC. Back in 2013, I was still a student in the UK and had the opportunity to hear Kyla, a long term volunteer with ICC (now China Operations Director of ICC), share on her experience in China where she has been helping abandoned children with disabilities for over a decade. She saw these children as precious and she called this place home. Deeply moved by her selfless giving and the life stories of these children, I was determined to do something to help.
After I graduated from university, I started working and received my first income which enabled me to support ICC children. From then, I became the “sponsor mum” of Beibei and Xuanxuan. Through regular sponsorship reports, I receive updates on my children’s overall growth and progress. Sometimes, volunteers at the care centre would send me videos of Beibei and Xuanxuan. It is heartwarming to see their faces, and it feels like seeing my family members from afar whom I miss dearly.
A Mutually Transforming Sponsorship
Apart from financial and material support, every child needs to feel being loved in direct ways. I therefore visited my two children during Dragon Boat Festival in China. I still remembered Beibei’s sunshine smile and the warmth when holding him. This four-year-old boy is not able to stand due to compressed nerves caused by the abnormal swelling in his brain. Little does he know about his physical condition, he is enjoying life and spreading joy everywhere he goes!
My other sponsored child Xuanxuan is a lovely girl. She was abandoned by her parents due to cerebral palsy. During my visit, I pushed her in her wheelchair and tried to take her to swim. She was very shy and quiet at first but gradually loosened up after some encouragement and praise.
I will not forget my times with these two beautiful lives. Having the ability to love and help transform other people’s lives is deeply meaningful and precious to me! It is a blessing to give and the joy received is immeasurable. I hope to keep walking alongside Beibei and Xuanxuan in their lives, and I call on more and more people to be part of this life-changing sponsorship journey, bringing love, hope and opportunity to these special and precious lives!