World Vision sponsors and former sponsored children reunite for the first appreciation event this year 2023
The life you touch may just be the one sitting next to you.
Recently, World Vision in the Philippines brought together over 100 sponsors and donors in a joyous and emotional gathering – the first face-to-face Loyal Donor Appreciation Event since the pandemic.
Held in Quezon City and hosted by World Vision Education Technical Program Manager Geomel Jetonzo and GMA news anchor Mav Gonzales, the event celebrated the generosity and loyalty of sponsors who have and are still supporting World Vision’s child sponsorship program. Over 50 sponsors were recognized for their exceptional support, having sponsored children for five, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years!
Marie Demafelis – a child sponsor for 25 years and former Strategy Management Director of WVDF – feels grateful for the opportunity to help transform the lives of the most vulnerable children. “Over the years, I’ve attended many Loyal Sponsors events. I encourage other sponsors to join as you can listen to the moving testimonies of all the children. You can see firsthand how you’re able to help them and make a difference in their lives,” she shared.
In its 2022 Annual Report, World Vision shared that it reached 3,243,854 children. “We at World Vision are truly humbled and blessed to have received our sponsors and children’s unwavering trust, confidence, and loyalty as we implement our programs, projects, and advocacies through the Philippines, especially in the most difficult and vulnerable places,” shares Rommel Fuerte, National Director of World Vision in the Philippines. “This event is a very special one as we’d like to take this time to express our sincerest, heartfelt thank yous’ and gratitude to our dearest sponsors and partners for their amazing commitment to child sponsorship.”
In a moving segment of the program, children who are registered under World Vision’s child sponsorship program as well as former sponsored children, led by Rear Admiral Armand Balilo of the Philippine Coast Guard, shared their stories of success and resilience, further inspiring guests.
“The Lord’s plan for us is to give us hope and a future. This is what World Vision’s program – as well as my sponsors – have given me. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for extending your grace and love to these children. Looking back, I can say with certainty that the Lord has, indeed, given me a future and hope,” shared Richard Supat, one of the organization’s former sponsored children.
To date, World Vision in the Philippines has an operational presence in 28 area programs with more than 56,000 registered children. If you’d like to become a sponsor and use your blessings, you can do so by simply donating Php 25 a day or Php 750 a month. Your generosity can help advance initiatives that focus on children’s education, health and nutrition, child protection, disaster preparedness, economic development, and more.
In his closing remarks, Resource Development Director Jun Godornes emphasized how paying it forward benefits not only the sponsored children but the child sponsors as well. “If you are here, you are blessed. Thank you for being a channel for more blessings.”
Watch the event highlights here: https://youtu.be/Gz1Mjl0zDrQ
Become a proud World Vision Sponsor and read more about our initiatives at www.worldvision.org.ph
About World Vision
A faith-based organization, World Vision is the world’s leading child aid organization and is committed to helping our most vulnerable children and communities – even if they are in the most remote and dangerous places. We help children and their communities on the ground in over 100 countries while driving change globally at UN and governments levels on child rights, poverty, and climate change. World Vision Philippines is the second oldest World Vision national office.
To know more about World Vision in the Philippines, please visit www.worldvision.org.ph or follow World Vision’s official social media pages: worldvisionph on Facebook and Twitter, and @worldvisionphl on Instagram.