Happy Sponsored Kids Friday! Hope you all had a good week and are succeeding at getting into the swing of the new year. By the start of next week, we’ll be nearly halfway through this month (what?), so buckle up – it appears 2020 is going to fly!
Today, we’re going to meet Saly, a 12 year old little girl from Niakhar, Senegal. Saly has FIVE sisters, her dad works on a farm, her mom is a housewife, and she loves to read. On her profile, like the profile of every sponsored kid, there is a sweet video of her speaking to us in her native language. Saly speaks Serere, which is spoken by 1.2 million people in Senegal and 30,000 in Gambia. Just for fun, I thought I’d include a couple of basic phrases for you to learn:
- Nam fi’o? (pronounced nam feeyoh) = How are you doing?
- Ta mbind na? (pronounced, tah m-bind nah) = How is the family (or more literally, house)?
If you’ll remember from previous posts, in Senegalese culture, when you greet someone, before you ask or say anything else, you should ask about the well-being of them and their family. That is Politeness 101 in Senegal, so learning simple phrases like this will help us connect with respect as we write letters to our new friends. Thank goodness for Google translate!
As our educational note this week, I wanted to share something with you from a letter I got from one of my pen pals. Aliou, the sweetest little boy around, wrote me a couple weeks ago. In it, he mentioned that school was getting ready to start. He said this:
“It is sometimes difficult for parents to cover school supplies. Sometimes it is after harvest that my mom buys millet and maize to pay for school supplies. So, this is an opportunity for me to thank you for what you are doing for me.”
Even at a young age, Aliou has an acute awareness of how challenging it is for his mom to buy school supplies for him and his siblings. And even at a young age, when many kids complain about “having” to go to school, Aliou took the time to express his gratitude to us for making it possible. Remember that one of the root causes of extreme poverty is a lack of access to education. We are so blessed to be a part of a company that makes it possible for kids like Aliou and Saly to get an education.
This week, pray that Abenity would meet the goals we need to reach to sponsor even more kids, so that they will be able to go to school, too!