Fidelia Condarco, Sponsorship Assistant
Sandra Veronica Velasquez Layme is one of the many success stories of former sponsored children who are now adults and have broken the poverty cycle.
A sponsored child from Francisco Fajardo School in Oruro, Sandra participated in Save the Children sponsorship program from when she was young. She was part of the School Health and Nutrition program and, in 7th grade, became part of the adolescent program "Making Decisions." We interviewed her about the impact of sponsorship programs.
How did the Sponsorship program help you?
After many years, Sandra said, she finally understood the benefit of receiving Ferrous sulfate and vitamin A, which helped her in school and in her development. She also mentioned that her participation in our Dance Festivals helped her be more sociable with classmates.
What obstacles did you overcome?
With the help of our programs, Sandra overcame her shyness and started to think differently. At first, she felt uncomfortable, but later on, she enjoyed sharing with other teens and started improving her social skills and making friends. This prepared her to make decisions in a thoughtful way. She also told us she used to have difficulties speaking with her parents, but Save the Children helped her overcome this problem, and she now enjoys a strong relationship.
Sandra became a facilitator for the program and, finally, a mentor, growth that "clearly marked my life." She also was part of our Youth Zones program at the Yugoslavian Health Center. Today, Sandra is president of a children and adolescent organization called Q’ANRRAYKU (¨thinking of you¨ in quechua), which she says started thanks to Save the Children and the potential of teens in the Making Decisions program.
What does she do for a living?
Sandra decided to teach because she wanted to share her knowledge with other children. She graduated in 2010 and became a psychology and philosophy teacher. Now, she’s studying to finish a pedagogy major and also to become a public accountant.
Says Sandra, "Save the Children helped me a lot – helped me to dream, to fly and to establish goals. Today, I am a confident, determined, professional and able to contribute to positively change my society. Save the Children, thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to be part of you and to grow so much."
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