Living her dreams: Former sponsored child pursues her dream in an American University

I dreamt of entering an American University. Through my consistent effort in getting good grades, I was granted a scholarship in Brigham Young University-Hawaii. It is a diverse university with students from 70 countries. Studying in a school thousand miles away from home and living with thousands of people with different cultures is very challenging for me. But I know that God let World Vision prepare me for this through their congresses, leadership trainings and peace building. World Vision remains an inspiration to me to climb steep ladders to make my dream a reality.

By Chona Galletes

“Abraham Lincoln wrote, ’The best way to predict your future is to create it!’ So I created mine.

 

Going to school has always been exciting for me. I started kindergarten when I was 3 years old and since then I am eager to wake up early for school. I have been in school for 17 years now and learning something new each passing day kept my excitement alive.

 

I am grateful for all the people who inspired me to do well in school. My parents guided me in every endeavor. My three older siblings influenced me to become great like them and my WV Sponsor motivated me to continue to learn and improve my life. Even if we were thousand miles apart, I have always felt her love each time I receive school supplies and a pair of shoes at the beginning of every school year. And every time I receive my report card, I always whisper a prayer of gratitude because among the funny crisscross lines on my little palms, one line crossed her life.

 

I have been so blessed to be part of the WV Family. Not only did they help me to go to school, they also polished me to become a child leader—inspiring other children to keep learning so we could keep growing. World Vision made me realize that children can make a difference in a community, that their little voices deserve to be heard and that they got to have a dream and work on it.

 

I dreamt of entering an American University. Through my consistent effort in getting good grades, I was granted a scholarship in Brigham Young University-Hawaii. It is a diverse university with students from 70 countries. Studying in a school thousand miles away from home and living with thousands of people with different cultures is very challenging for me. But I know that God let World Vision prepare me for this through their congresses, leadership trainings and peace building. World Vision remains an inspiration to me to climb steep ladders to make my dream a reality.

 

My experiences with World Vision made me a living testimony that their vision of a “life in all its fullness” for every child has been fulfilled many times. And it is my prayer that they continue to have “the will to make it so.”

 

I pattern my life with a principle I want to leave with you all. First, you have to have a DREAM! But REALITY must be the end of it!”

 

 

 

 

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