For the first few years before Jacinta and Thom could write, their parents wrote letters on their behalf to keep the girls in contact.
How does it feel to visit your sponsored child?
Many child sponsors will take the opportunity to visit their sponsored child, a visit which ChildFund Australia encourages wholeheartedly. When Jacinta turned four years old, Sue and her husband booked a flight to Vietnam so she could meet Thom and her family.
“It was magnificent for them to meet,” recalls Sue. “They were only four years old yet seemed to communicate. They hugged each other, which was beautiful to watch.
“When we got home Jacinta wanted to give everything she owned to Thom as she didn’t want her to miss out.”
Today the girls are young women and, while they stopped writing letters when Thom completed ChildFund’s sponsorship program in 2015, they’ve had a lasting and positive impact on each other’s lives.