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Sponsored Kids – Meet Diakhoumba

Hey, everyone!  Happy Sponsored Kids Friday! 

To start off the day, I thought I’d tell those of you that are parents or guardians about this cool resource World Vision has: the Ignite Learning series (https://www.worldvision.org/ignite/lp/homeschool-curriculum-sign-up/).  These are age-appropriate lessons (K-12) that teach kids about humanitarian issues, like health, water, and sanitation.  With summer vacation AND quarantine, I figured this might be a meaningful way for your kids to pass the time!

Now, on to meet to a new kid! Everyone, this is Diakhoumba.  If the internet is right, this is pronounced something like Jeck-whom-bah.  She’s about a month away from turning 5 (June 27).  It’s interesting to see how more and more of our younger sponsored kids have birthdays, whereas many of our older kids are still not sure of theirs.  If you’re new to these posts, let me explain. It’s common for Senegalese people to not celebrate their birthdays. One of my pen pals explained in a recent letter that it’s not a part of their culture and that many families wouldn’t have the money to spare for a celebration anyway.  Many Senegalese folks never get birth certificates, so may not know their actual day of birth, even if they did want to celebrate. So that’s why it’s interesting to see so many younger kids who know their birthdays!

Anyway, I wanted to introduce Diakhoumba because she’s from a new region of Senegal for us and World Vision: Dialacoto.  World Vision started working there last year, and we were matched with Diakhoumba because of another sponsored kid who left the program.  Sometimes I think about how many things had to perfectly fall into place for us to sponsor each of the 220 kids we sponsor, and I feel it can’t be a coincidence. 

Dialacoto is very close to Gambia (remember the little country in the middle of Senegal I mentioned last week?).  Of all the places in Senegal World Vision is in, this is the first one I’ve seen on Google Maps with a hospital and a mosque nearby!  It is by no means a city and it is surrounded by rural areas and forests, but it is perhaps slightly less rural than the other villages we’ve learned about.  I did street views on Google Earth and found something that resembles a small neighborhood of huts.  Check it out below.

Right now, World Vision is focused on the following for Dialacoto:

  • Equipping the local health center and helping kids get needed medicine
  • Child protection through job training and advocacy programs
  • Educational support for kids to help them succeed in school

When Diakhoumba starts school for the first time (probably this fall), World Vision will be there to help her succeed.  A year ago, her chances would have been different.  Truly, I think World Vision is really there to help achieve equality, level the playing field, and help each kid have a chance at a great life.  Now Diakhoumba will be a part of the first generation of kids positively affected by World Vision and us in her community.