Topic: Compassion International
You all know that I am a big fan of Compassion International. Our family financially sponsors one child, Marcelo from Bolivia, and we are correspondence sponsors to five other children from around the world. A correspondence sponsor is someone who writes to children if their financial sponsor is unable or unwilling to write to them. Our correspondence children are: Feyber from Colombia, Somi from Indonesia, Emmanuel from Tanzania, Ismael from Nicaragua and Yvone from Rwanda. Each one is special to us. We write to them all at least once a month and, every year, we send them at least one package.
Today, I received an email from our friend Kees. Kees is the wonderful person who introduced us to Compassion International. He sponsors (financially and correspondence) over 20 kids himself and travels to Bolivia representing Compassion International almost every year. This past summer was no exception. He spent three months working with Compassion in Bolivia and taking pictures and videos of children to be used to promote the sponsorship of children when he got back home.
Attached to his email was a delightful video that shows what it takes to just get a simple picture of a child. That picture is enclosed in a packet so that Compassion can find a sponsor for the child. Compassion has rules for child photographs. There can't be another person in the background nor can there be an animal, like a dog or a cat, in the background.
Observe how hard it is to get one picture taken while a whole group of children are waiting in the wings for their photos.