Choosing Adalid

from left: Adalid, me, Jhoel from World Vision project in Tiraque, Bolivia ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

I sponsored Adalid because he was the first face that popped up when I decided to sponsor a child. I didn’t want to pick and choose. I just wanted to help. When I met him, I realized Someone else had chosen Adalid for me. Adalid just happens to be an aspiring writer.

Adalid: aspiring writer ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

The average annual income for families like Adalid’s is $450/year. There is no school near Adalid, so he walks an hour (each way) to school every day. When he showed me how he writes his name, I was astounded. His penmanship is exquisite. When he heard I was coming to visit, Adalid asked his mother every day if this was the day we would meet. He stayed home from playing with his friends just to be sure he wouldn’t miss it. He spent several minutes carefully examining each person in the framed family picture I’d brought for him.

Adalid carefully studies my family picture ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

Adalid is one of six children. All his other siblings have been sponsored. He was the last one waiting for a sponsor. He got me–another aspiring writer. :) I think the letters we’ll write each other will be quite the literary correspondence, don’t you think?

From left: Adadlid, me, Jhoel, Jhoel's mother and Adalid's mother ©2011 Amy Conner for World Vision

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  • Sandra Smith

    How much I love what you said in this article! How you didn’t want to choose, you just wanted to help. That is what it is about! When I chose my kids to sponsor, I chose because they were close to missing their chance to be sponsored. I didn’t care where they came from, I just wanted to help. I did however want to choose a girl and a boy since I had a son and a daughter. I felt like maybe my kids might relate and want to be a bigger part of helping my sponsorship if they each had a child to relate to. Of course, this really did not narrow the choices, because there are so many boys and girls that need our help. Now my kids refer to Arome and Ana as their other sister and brother! Thanks for all you are doing this week in Bolivia-you are opening up a lot of eyes to a great organization! May God continue to bless you on your journey!

  • Heather Truett

    I read “aspiring writer” and could not stop the tears.

  • Jami

    You are so right. I feel I don’t pay attention because poverty is just too much. It’s just too big of a problem and I feel helpless to do anything. We have sponsored the same little boy in the Dominican Republic through World Vision for 5 yrs. These posts are so reassuring. I knew World Vision was a good, honorable organization but always in the back of my mind was a worry about if my money was really helping our little boy. Your trip makes me confident it is! Thanks.

  • Ann Voskamp@A Holy Experience

    The ways of God… the ways of God! So … moving.
    I have been praying with you all day, EE…

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