Thank You for Sponsoring Me: Lydia's Story

11/26/13

Lydia dreaded the first day of school in Uganda

Each year, she would worry, pray, and hope against all odds that her mother would somehow find the money to pay her school fees. It was usually three weeks into the term before she could scrape together the money to pay. But even then, Lydia never felt secure. 
 
Lydia wanted to go to school, but each term her mom would struggle to send her
            Lydia wanted to go to school, but each term her mother would struggle to find the money to send her.
 
"My heart would not settle at school," Lydia says, "because my mother would struggle to pay the fees and ask the management to let me attend classes, but I knew that at any time I could be sent home because my fees were not met." 
 
Lydia was distracted by more than just her school fees. She could only afford one meal a day. "By 10 a.m. I was already hungry, but the only meal was at 8 p.m.," she says.
 
Then one year, Lydia's mother didn't even come close to finding enough money. She had to tell Lydia to give up her hope of attending school that term. Lydia would have to stay home and work in the garden. "Each day was a sad one," says Lydia, thinking back to that difficult time.
 
Lydia (far right) has three siblings, and her single mother needed help
                   Lydia (far right) has three siblings, and her single mother needed help to provide for them all.
 
It was during one of those long, hungry days that Lydia's aunt stopped by to visit. Seeing Lydia at home on a school day, she asked her sister-in-law what was going on. Lydia's mom admitted that she could not afford school for Lydia. 
 
Not long after that day, Lydia's life changed completely. Lydia didn't know it at the time, but her aunt had gone to the Children of the Nations (COTN) ministry center in her neighborhood and told them about Lydia. COTN staff found a place for her at their school, and four months later, Lydia moved in with her aunt in order to attend. 
 
"Now I report to school with the rest of the kids because I don't have to worry
Because of people like you, Lydia attends COTN's school and says, "Now I report to school with the rest of the kids because I don't have to worry about the fees."
 
"I feel proud each day I put on my COTN uniform and my shoes and march to school," Lydia says. "While I'm there, I get two meals—no more studying on an empty stomach." 
 
It is because of her sponsors that Lydia can now attend school without fear of ever being kicked out because she can't afford fees or supplies. She sees her sponsors as an answer to prayer, saying, "When we pray to God and tell Him our problems, He alone answers them all." To her sponsors, she says, "Thank you for picking me as your sponsored child." 
 
You can be the answer to a child's prayer! Sponsor a child like Lydia today!