CLAREMONT local Mandy Noble has been sponsoring children through World Vision Australia for approximately 20 years.
“I was prompted to join the World Vision cause after a discussion with my then 12-year-old daughter,” Ms Noble said.
“We talked about how we have so much here in Australia and that it would be good to share this with those who have so little.”
In August last year, Ms Noble received a special opportunity to visit her sponsor child of five years, Wanza, at her village in Kenya, Africa.
“I was talking to a World Vision representative on the phone about changing my address and in passing conversation I mentioned that I was travelling to Kenya,” Ms Noble said.
“They asked if I would be interested in visiting my sponsored child and things just progressed from there.”
Ms Noble and her husband, Glenn, spent three days out of their three-week volunteering trip to Africa with an African not-for-profit charity organisation to visit Wanza and her family.
“It was an amazing three days and as we talked and shared our lives together it was clear that we had similar desires and aspirations,” Ms Noble said.
“We want a better world for our children, with fairness, justice and opportunities for education.”
Ms Noble said Wanza’s family opened their “arms and hearts” to them, organising a meal with other members of the community and the World Vision staff.
“This was a special time as I had brought gifts from Australia for Wanza and her family and Wanza’s mother gave me one of her chickens,” she said.
“This was such an incredible gift, as it was obvious that this family had very little, with just one small stone house, no glass in the windows, a very basic dwelling with no electricity and no running water.
“That chicken was food for her family and she gave it to me.”
As part of her stay, Ms Noble also visited a World Vision water collection station, as well as three large chicken farms.
She said seeing the Mangelete World Vision water project was a highlight of her trip.
“Small African children aged between six and eight lined up, most with no shoes on their feet but smiles on their faces, to purchase clean water in 20-litre plastic containers and then carry it back home,” she said.
“What also stood out very clearly was the strong business practices of World Vision, especially when I visited the World Vision Mtito Andei Office, which Wanza’s community is a part of.
“There I experienced the central hub of activities, where the conference room was covered with goals to be achieved within five, 10 and 15-years.
“World Vision is not setting up handouts but rather is organising sustainable practices that give control back to the community.
“It’s obvious that my sponsorship has made an amazing difference to Wanza’s community, and I have seen firsthand the exceptional work of World Vision and the transformation of young children’s lives.
“I sincerely urge each person to give so that the work of World Vision can grow and touch more lives and communities and make this world a better place for all.”
For more information or to sponsor a child, visit www.worldvision.com.au