People may define what it is like ‘to miss someone’ in different ways. But for Naphatsorn, or ‘Fa’, a sponsored child in World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT)’s Child Sponsorship Programme from Huai Rong Project, Phrae province, and Miss Sarika ‘Oil’ Raksaken, the sponsor, their trip to the Sponsor Visit Day event held by WVFT seemed to make both of them even more elated than ever.
‘This is the 5th time we’ve met. But my feeling has never changed; I’m always so happy because every time we meet, I see how much she develops in different aspects, especially the thinking skill’, Miss Sarika, who has sponsored Fa for over 15 years, revealed how she feels. Then, she flashbacked to the day she made a decision to sponsor a child through the WVFT’s Sponsorship Programme:
‘On that day, I was studying the WVFT’s brochure and felt sorry for the children illustrated in it; they were deprived of so many things. Then I thought that although I was not rich, I didn’t have any hardship. The donation of 600 baht per month for sponsoring a child –or 1,200 baht for 2 children– did not make me in trouble or become poorer. I could just cut unnecessary expenses to give another life a chance. It didn’t come in the form of cash, but an opportunity for them to stand on their own feet. That sounded like a good idea’, Miss Sarika stated her reasons. She added that she never expected anything in return from Fa, her sponsored child, but just wished that she could take care of herself and her family.
‘If she can provide for herself and her family, she will not cause any problem to the society’, Miss Sarika reiterated her expectation. Today, every single baht she has donated to the Child Sponsorship Programme is becoming fruitful in a concrete manner; Fa is a 4th-year student in the Faculty of Science, Computer Science, Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus and joining an internship programme now.
‘I feel happier than every time we’ve met before, part of it is because it’s getting closer to my graduation. But I don’t know if this would be the last time we meet like this. After my graduation, I’d like to invite Miss Oil to be there on my commencement day. I’d like to thank Miss Oil for sponsoring me. Without Miss Oil –given that I could go to school–, I would have never come this far. Thank you for everything, especially for the moral support you have constantly given me,’ Fa unveiled her feelings with tears running down her cheeks before the giver and receiver gave each other a loving embrace that affirms their strong bond.