We often hear about the beautiful children we have who need sponsorship, but we wanted to share a few stories on the people who sponsor them. Hugo Corin is a pretty special 10-year-old boy from Tauranga, New Zealand who is sponsoring Jhon Loue, a 9-year-old boy from Romblon. Hugo supports Jhon Loue himself by doing extra chores around the house, washing people's cars and holding fundraising evenings to help aid operations as well. We had a chat with Hugo about what inspired him to come onboard and sponsor a child.
"At the end of last year, I was performing in a fundraising concert for Ruel Foundation Give a Smile, and I watched a video about what Ruel Give a Smile does. I saw a table with information about children to sponsor, and one of them was a boy my age, who liked playing outside just like me. I kept coming back to the table because something in my brain said that I had to do something. So I took his information home with me and talked to mum and Dad to see if I could sponsor him.
"I thought to myself 'I have so much in my life' and it doesn't take much to help someone else. Only forty dollars a month. I also found out about Ruel Foundation Give a Smile surgeries and found out how important it is for the kids to have the cleft palate surgery. Last month my school (Bethlehem College) held a mufti day to raise money for Ruel. I got to speak at the secondary school assembly about sponsorship. I hope some people want to sponsor some children now. I think I realise how much I have got in my life, and I sometimes forget that. Having a sponsor child makes me remember that I can help someone else. It also makes me feel sad sometimes that some children have very hard lives."
Inspired to raise money not just for his sponsor child but also so more children could have cleft lip and palate surgeries in the Philippines, Hugo held a fundraiser where he dressed up as a waiter and held a swishing party.
"I wanted to raise enough money for a cleft palate surgery, so Mum and I thought that we could have a fundraiser. I wanted people to know about Ruel Foundation Give a Smile, so we came up with the idea of inviting people to our house, telling them about Ruel and I would be the waiter! We had a 'Swishing Party' that means everyone who came brought some clothes that they don't wear anymore, but still look nice and people could try on the clothes and swap them if they wanted to. Everyone paid for a ticket for the night and we watched a video about Ruel. I handed around the food and drinks and told everyone about why I sponsor a child. I think people were inspired by the video because we raised enough for two palate surgeries! I want to do another one soon.
"I think most kids could sponsor a child. It is fourty dollars a month and you can do some extra jobs to get the money. It makes me remember that I have so many things and some people don't even have a mum or dad or are very sick. It doesn't take much to make a very big difference in someone's life. It is also good to learn about the different places the children come from. A cleft palate surgery can save a baby's life!"
If you are thinking of sponsoring a child, we would love you to get in touch. Email Eunice on [email protected] or visit: https://www.ruelfoundation.com/children-need-your-help