After work, I rushed to Annabel’s Restaurant along Tomas Morato for the World Vision thanksgiving party, that also served as their 55th anniversary launch. I was honored to have been invited to join the celebrations, together with many World Vision supporters like Karen Davila, Ted Failon, Christalle Belo, Nikki Gil, Jed Madela, etc., together with the LGU’s and NGO’s that form part of the World Vision family. But most poignantly, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, Efren Penaflorida, was there to give testimony, having been a World Vision beneficiary himself, when he was a child.
Imagine had he not received the help at the time he needed it most, he might not be the hero he is now, to many of the kids who in turn benefit from his “pushcart classrooms”. So who knows, the kid who needs your help now, could be someone who makes a difference in many people’s lives tomorrow. And even if they don’t live up to such lofty aspirations, the mere fact that every child deserves a shot at an education should be reason enough.
Ever since I sponsored some kids some years back, I’ve “seen” them grow and progress as the years roll by, and every time I get an update on how they’re faring, I get nostalgic about the first time I saw their photos when I signed up. One could only hope that you made a difference in someone else’s future. It’s no guarantee, but you offer a fighting chance.
So in case you’re interested to sponsor a child for just 600 pesos a month, call their Donor Care Hotline at (02) 372-7777 or (02) 505-4444. You can also find them at facebook.com/wvphilippines or follow them on twitter.com/worldvisionph.