As I leave the wonderful country of Bangladesh my thoughts are really with the children here. Mitu is 13 years old and has a ruffled voice due to the constant air pollution. When I asked her about her dreams for the future, she said: “I have no future”.
When children lose hope you know that we need to do something now! But when I see first hand the great work World Vision is doing here – hope is quickly restored. Thanks to a new World Vision initiative, Mitu is now attending a special school set up for her and other children living in very fragile conditions. The other World Vision sponsored children who attend the Children’s Forum – to speak up for their generation, are brimming with confidence after receiving an education, thanks to our supporters in the UK. Education is key to effective development and we are so pleased to work with The Student Support Centre to work towards eradicating illiteracy in Bangladesh.
On the journey back home Sarah asked: “what did you get from this trip?” Well my answer was, “seeing you and Darren really connect with the work here!” When we visit these communities we work with it is so easy to just be a tourist. However, I am overjoyed when people like Darren and Sarah really catch the heart and the vision for our work. On the final day I looked in the eyes of both Darren and Sarah and I knew they would never be the same again. When they see and fully understand the challenges so m any people face, they see how they can be THE SOLUTION. To work as a team with World Vision, providing support that really transforms the lives of the World’s poorest children!