My cousin Pierre-Alexandre had a degenerative disease that took his light at the age of 16. In all of his years, he was the sunshine in our family, despite all of the challenges he faced. The Rêves d’Enfants foundation sprinkled magic into his life, and our lives as well, by letting him live out his dream to go to Disney World. I decide to give here because dreams are what feed us. Make children’s dreams come true too!
I did a stage of medicine in Benin and I left it feeling ambivalent toward “international missions” and “international co-operation”. We put together a small makeshift clinic in a village. For a week, hundreds of patients presented themselves to see doctors and receive treatments. Yes some of what we did helped the villagers, but more often than not, the effects support was temporary. We put bandages on a wound that would never heal. We gave painkillers for a week to someone who would visibly suffer their whole life. I grew up with the dream that I would go on missions with Doctors without borders and I watched that dream crumble before my eyes.
When I saw Cynthia speak on The Unstoppable Foundation and their work in Africa, I felt that this project would contribute in a lasting way to the life of the inhabitants of the sponsored villages. This is because those villages were sponsored so that they could grow to be self-sufficient and autonomous in the future. “Sponsor a Village (SAV) is based on a 5 pillar development model that incorporation everything crucial to lifting communities from poverty and removing obstacles to educating children. This isn’t charity in the traditional sense [they bring education, drinking water, food, health services, and financial literacy to each village sponsored.] It’s the empowerment for the entire community. Within approximately 5 years of implementation, projects are fully sustainable and parents no longer need our financial support. That’s true empowerment!”