This Be Love Sponsorship Sunday, Baptist World Aid is sharing Shanto’s incredible story.
Shanto* is 10 years old. He lives in Bangladesh with his mum and dad, and his two sisters.
When I met Shanto earlier this year, he was happy, healthy, and strong. He goes to school and loves to spend time playing with his friends. In short, Shanto’s life is everything that a young boy’s life should be, and that’s incredible… because just three years ago, things were very different.
Married when they were only teenagers, Shanto’s parents had always been very poor.
“The financial condition was the main challenge,” Shanto’s mother, Hana, explained to me. “We could not earn daily.”
Without a regular income, Shanto’s parents struggled to buy vegetables for their children to eat. And that meant Shanto and his older sister were often getting sick and missing school. But then our Christian partner in the field, Baptist Aid, started a Child Sponsorship project in Shanto’s community, and when he and his sisters joined a child club… everything changed.
“We are learning so many things,” Shanto tells me, “We learned to wash our hands with soap. We learned that we have to put on sandals before going to the toilet.”
Shanto’s mum even received training of her own. She learned book-keeping and management, and how to be a tailor – everything she needed to know to start her own business!
Now, Hana and her husband use their day labourer wage to buy food and vegetables to keep Shanto and his sisters healthy, so they can go to school. And the extra money from Hana’s business means they can afford school supplies and uniforms for all their children.
But when you sponsor a child like Shanto, your support means so much more than a happy and healthy family. Your generosity means children like Shanto can grow big dreams!
“When I grow up, I want to be a teacher,” says Shanto, “So that children can learn many things.”
Hana has seen the impact of education for her family. It protects her daughters from early marriage and prevents sickness in her community… so she knows it can also help Shanto’s dream to come true.
“We will provide him everything he needs to one day be a teacher,” she says, proudly.
And when he does, Shanto will be helping even more boys and girls to have a brighter future.