“I never dreamed helping Jahoska would turn out this way”
A child sponsor has a life-changing experience
By Elizabeth Brown, donor relations specialist, CCFC
In January, something amazing happened — something so special it will remain in the hearts and minds of those who participated for years. It began with an act of kindness and a journey to a country nearly 6,000 km away. To understand, step back 12 years to when Larry Laplante began sponsoring a girl named Jahoska in Nicaragua through Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. In the ensuing years, letters and gifts were exchanged and sponsor visits made. In January, Laplante and his partner, Raymonde Gauthier, made one last trip. This time they were celebrating Jahoska’s graduation from nursing school — an education made possible through the sponsorship, which ended in June. Here’s what we learned about their journey and CCFC’s impact:
Jahoska’s life changed dramatically as a result of sponsorship — it gave her access to education, health care and more. Thanks to Laplante’s generosity, Jahoska reached her full potential. She recently got married, had a baby and completed studies in nursing. “When Jahoska gets a job, there will be three incomes in the house. Can you believe it? Before it was just her father’s income. She is no longer suffering,” says Laplante of the 25-year-old who lives with her husband, son and parents.
A new family
“In Nicaragua, when [a girl] graduates, [her] father buys a graduation ring and puts it on his daughter’s finger. They asked Larry to do it; he was so honoured and had tears coming down his face,” when presenting the ring he was given, explains Gauthier. “We are part of their family now.”
Paying it forward
“I never dreamed helping Jahoska would turn out this way when I first started sponsoring her,” says Laplante. “The whole community will profit from Jahoska and her career as a nurse.” Laplante was proud to have helped Jahoska, and now the graduate is paying it forward by supporting others in her community.
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