Every single act of giving counts, no matter if it comes from someone ‘big’ or ‘small’. What really matters is that it comes from a true heart filled with the spirit of sharing – from someone like Mr Sanguthai Phakornthanasarn, a sponsor who unveiled his feelings at the ‘Sponsor Visit Day’ event about his decision to sponsor a child in World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT)’s Child Sponsorship Programme.
‘I had always missed this event held earlier because I was caught up in my businesses. So, this is the first time I’ve met my sponsored child. I’m really happy that I’ve made it today. After having talked with her, I think she is a thoughtful person who respects the elders. She must grow up and become a good citizen. What I told her today was how significant education is and that if she comes across some difficulties, she needs to overcome them. I suggested that she manage time properly and study hard to complete her education. I’m positive that one day when she becomes successful professionally, she’ll have the same idea as I do in passing on her love to others and switching from being a receiver to become a giver’, Mr Sanguthai expressed how he feels and cares about Chompunuch, his sponsored child from Tham Wiang Kae Project, Nan province, who is now studying at Pasanusornbangkae Commercial Technological College, Bangkok.
‘I’ve sponsored Chompunuch for 6 years. The reason why I’ve decided to sponsor a child is that when I was young I also received educational opportunities from others. One day when I had a chance, I decided to sponsor a child through the WVFT’s Child Sponsorship Programme as I thought it was a benevolent project; these vulnerable children, if provided with opportunities, will grow up into capable adults who fulfil the nation’s workforce and drive the country forward. In addition, when they thrive in their careers, I do believe that they will change their role - from a receiver to a giver’, Mr Sanguthai reflected his view towards the WVFT’s Child Sponsorship Programme.
It seemed obvious that not only the ‘giver’ felt deeply touched by this event, but so was the ‘receiver’.
‘I’m so happy. I had always wanted to meet my sponsor. My family is poor. Without him, I wouldn’t have had any educational opportunity like I do today. I’d like to tell him that I’m really grateful to him. I promise I’ll be a good person,’ Chompunuch said with a clear but firm voice.