Paying tribute to sponsored child who lived with grace
CCFC remembers a pre-teen who lost her battle to cancer last month
Brianne Binelli, online content manager, Canada
TAMIL NADU, India — Brave, loveable and charming is how family and friends will remember Ponram as they mark the one-month anniversary of the sponsored child’s death.
“Her sickness was not a barrier but a stepping stone to her success, because she believed in herself,” recalls Vijay Pamela, the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) sponsorship administrator, in India where the 12-year-old girl lived with her family.
Joining the CCFC sponsorship program in 2010, Ponram loved to write her sponsor and was overjoyed to purchase a school bag, lunch bag, blanket, pillow, watch and vegetable stand, among other items, with support from her sponsor.
But, in August 2014 the astute student, who dreamed of becoming a doctor, began to experience unexplained sicknesses. At the age of 10, she was diagnosed with blood cancer. CCFC project staff counselled the family as Ponram received care. “Though the treatment was painful, she was brave and [fought her] battle with courage and confidence,” recalls Pamela. In fact: “nothing could stop Ponram from taking part in cultural events or sports. She loved to dance and went on to win first prize in a skipping competition.”
Her teacher added: “In spite of her sickness, Ponram participated in all [program] activities and was a role model.” So, although the bright light lost her battle Oct. 17, she will continue to inspire her family, friends, teachers and those she touched at CCFC and our local partner team. May others be inspired by her positivity and joy in the face of despair.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.