Danielle’s sponsorship has helped improve Akullu’s life and supported investments that will benefit her community for years to come. Akullu’s extended family and other people from her village gathered around to meet Danielle and thank her for her support.
“I really didn’t expect to meet so many of her family, it was wonderful!” Danielle says.
In the small home where Akullu was raised by her grandparents, the pair bonded over stacks of letters from Danielle, which Akullu had been collecting through the years.
“It was such a thrill that she had kept them” Danielle said. “Reading the letters was like looking through an old diary from different times in my life.
“It was incredibly moving to see how much our connection means to her because I know how important our relationship is to me. Sponsorship is definitely not a one-way street.”
Danielle has been a passionate ambassador for ChildFund and has visited projects in Cambodia, Kenya and Vietnam. She counts those trips as some of the most rewarding in her life but nothing can top her first meeting with Akullu.
“The friendship I’ve developed with my sponsored child is completely unique,” Danielle says. “She’s been part of my life for many years now and over that time has shared with me the positive impact of sponsorship not only on her life, but for everyone around her. Meeting Akullu and her family is a moment I will never forget.”