While Tay has been a ChildFund supporter for more than 15 years, the trip to Indonesia was the first time he had visited a child he sponsored.
“I was absolutely delighted to finally meet Yumna,” he says. “She is such a happy, positive, confident and intelligent child. She seems to be making great progress at school and with her own personal development.”
The trip was also a great way to see first-hand how his ongoing support is helping Yumna’s community.
“If it wasn’t for me personally visiting Yumna, I would have never had an appreciation of the great program that has been introduced to develop and support children such as Yumna,” he says. “It is programs such as these that provide children with the opportunity to realise their true potential in life.
“I am certain that the program has certainly supported and aided in Yumna becoming the person that she is today and will continue to do so.”
One of Tay’s most memorable moments from the trip was sharing a traditional Javanese lunch with Yumna, her mother, her baby brother and the ChildFund Indonesia team at a restaurant overlooking lush rice fields and a sprawling mountain range. He felt like a part of the family.
“Sharing in so many happy moments throughout the day, the laughter and seeing so many welcoming, smiling faces was truly magical,” he says.
Tay encouraged other sponsors to visit their sponsored child. He says meeting Yumna and her family was an “invaluable” experience.
“I look forward to visiting Yumna and her family again in the near future.”