See How Advocate Continues to Impact Child’s Life
Following through on a commitment to Anisha.
You hear us talking all the time about advocacy and how it impacts vulnerable children in Uganda.
Advocates directly make a difference in a child’s life through developing a personal relationship with them and providing encouragement to let them know there’s someone out there who really cares.
Many times when we talk about this the focus is put on the individual child who’s being advocated for.
But the cool thing about becoming an advocate is that by committing yourself to one, you are really able to advocate for that child’s family as a whole!
To illustrate this, we’ll share one of our advocate’s personal experience with this.
My name is Liz and I advocate for Anisha.
Commitment To Child Advocacy
I started advocating for her about 2 years ago when I first met her as a volunteer on my first trip to Uganda.
I write to Anisha once every two to three weeks and have really gotten to know her entire family personally. I stay in contact with her on a regular basis because I want to show her that I really am there for her.
If it’s in my power to do so, I will try to fill any needs she or her family may have.
This happened one day when I received an update from Anisha’s case manager, but the update was regarding Anisha’s little sister, Babirye.
Anisha’s case manager sent pictures of Babirye, who was covered in a horrendous skin infection.
I couldn’t even believe what I was seeing. My heart broke.
I could not understand how this little baby girl was suffering like this every single day and how it had gone so far without being treated.
I felt as an advocate I should try to do something to help, so I followed up with the case manager and asked how much it would cost to take Babirye to the hospital.
I found out that it would cost less than $30 to fully treat Babirye.
For me, that was a no-brainer. I could pull that together by simply sacrificing a few coffees throughout the week!
If it meant truly helping this child feel normal again and not be in pain every day of her life, it was completely worth it to me.
I donated the $30 needed to take Babirye to get treatment. It took a couple weeks before she was fully healed but when she was, it was needless to say that it made a world of difference in her life.
Doing that for her was as simple as just sending a few follow-up questions and thinking of a way to help.
I’m so thankful that I got that opportunity. I know it made a very real difference for them to know and actually see someone caring for them physically.
I’m committed to being Anisha’s child advocate for as long as she and her family needs and will continue to help in whatever way I can.
My goal is to help them get out of the slum and into a safe place where they are stable.
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