In late 2007, when our son was nearing his first birthday, my husband and I thought he needed a sibling. Instead of the typical biological sibling who would have the same home, opportunities, parents, etc., we wanted Matthew to understand how blessed he is and have personal knowledge of the struggles many other children face every day; our goal was to give him a brother or sister who lived across the world.
We first were introduced to Asian Aid USA eight years ago. At that time, we knew most of the office staff and some of the board members. All of these friends are trustworthy, generous, and kind people. When we decided to sponsor a child, Asian Aid USA was our first choice.
Amos is seven years old and lives in Bangalore, India. He likes to collect pictures and help his parents in their very small home. For nearly three years, we have paid $35 a month to send Amos to a boarding school. His parents wanted to send him, but they earn only $20 a month. Amos is learning to read and write in English and writes us letters every few months, in addition to the Christmas card he makes us each year. We have directly sent him several postcards and gifts over the years, including a the giant box of Crayola crayons and a soccer ball.
We believe that we are making a greater impact on the life of Amos because not only do we provide food, clothing (school uniform), and shelter for him, but we also are providing him with an education, working to break the cycle of poverty, empowering him.
Last year, one of our friends traveled to India and was able to meet the little girl she and her husband sponsor. Although Amos lives across the world, we look forward to a day years from now when Amos can meet us, his family here in the United States.
I highly recommend Asian Aid USA. Generosity is a gift of the Spirit.
"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." --Albert Pine