This is Peter (Warriner). My Parents have become his sponsors. Peter's Mother died years ago. We don't know the exact circumstances. We do know that 5 years ago his Pastor and Father brought him to hope begging Stephano to take him in which he did. 2 years ago his Father passed away from AIDS. He has no extended family. My parents decided to sponsor him. They told him how proud they were of the man he was becoming, how they knew God had great plans for him. They spent 15 minutes just telling him he had a future to look forward to. It completely changed his life. Last year he made the decision to adopt our family as his own. I gained another brother. This one's more of a headache but, since the other one turned out ok, I think I'll keep him.
This picture was taken the night he had his first Skype call with my Parents. If you look at some of the other photos of Peter on my FB, you'll see just how much his countenance changed in that 15 minute phone call. He doesn't see the world the same way he used to.
Now he's the first one to church every Sunday and has actually given a teaching from the pulpit. He's gone from failing in school to being in the top 20% in our district for his grade. He helps the little kids draw water and generously shares his food (huge change). For his birthday, he received my old gameboy and has turned it into a self supporting business. You buy the batteries, you get to play till they're half gone. He also gets a steady stream of batteries from my parents as long as he does well in school.
I can feed, clothe, bandage stubbed toes, give out hugs and candy every once in a while, let them play on my pc, tell them I'm proud of them, even compliment their creativity. They think it's my job. But when they hear it from someone who doesn't have to say it... WOW! The difference it makes. 80% of my kids think they're sponsored because I let them think the gifts they're getting don't come out of my pocket. 20% actually are sponsored.
I have the best worst job in the World. I get to change a nation one orphan's smile at a time.
If you're critiquing this piece please keep in mind I have a Palm Trio to work with. It's not exactly a Canon. I want to learn more about photography to better present my kids but... Malawi isn't the most Artistically inclined 3rd world country I've lived in.