At The Beacon on Wednesday we had an amazing concert. Sally Cranham proved that she is a singer/songwriter with a pure voice, an accomplished guitarist and some thoughtful lyrics. Jané Allam gave a masterclass in cooking a wonderful curry. Being from India, he should know, and he shared skills learned from his mother. But the two of them also interwove stories about the Compassion Child Sponsorship programme. Jané grew up in a poverty-ridden community in a single room dwelling with his family and he was the first child there to get sponsorship in the area. Being provided education, a meal a day, and other gifts from the local church benefitted him and his whole family. He began to thrive as a person, and an early joy was for him to teach his own parents how to write their name so they could sign for their own wages rather than use a thumbprint: a simple act that brought dignity.
Jané demonstrated he was actually bright, regularly coming top in his year at school. He did so well that his sponsor encouraged him to apply for University, and Jané secured a place at Manchester for a BA in Business Studies, followed by an MA. He now works for Compassion and heads a programme to bring even more help to his community and country.
If no-one had ever sponsored Jané it may have been so different. But as their strapline says “ Compassion is changing the world “one child at a time”. As a Compassion sponsor myself, I see how just a few pounds a week is making a difference to another young life who may one day be making a difference like Jané. Why not consider if you could sponsor a child? Go to www.compassionuk.org for more information