My name is Happy.
One day when I was 9 years old, my aunt came to take me from my father’s village of Aholoukope, one of the very poorest villages in West Africa’s country of Togo. She came to take me to live with her and my uncle in the village of Hohotoe. You see, she came to rescue me because I was in great danger of starving. Soon, I would have died. I know this, because when my aunt was able to return to my father’s village to take my older sister, my aunt was told that my sister died only a few days earlier.
When I arrived at my aunt Afi’s, I was frail, with a big belly from malnutrition and completely red hair. I had red hair because I ate a lot of clay. There was really no one to take care of me in Aholoukope. There was very little food.
After six months of living with my aunt I was registered at the Compassion project near Hohotoe. Since I have been at the project, I have no sponsor, though I still get the same things the sponsored kids get, like food, medicines, and school. Every Saturday I go to the project and I get to take home with me a special meal. And at the project they make sure I am well and not sick anymore. I am well now and don’t have red hair anymore. But I wish I had a sponsor too. Someone to pray for me and write me, to encourage me in school and to tell me they love me, and that Jesus loves me. I wait with great hope that one day I too will have a sponsor.
The Unsponsored Children's Fund allows vulnerable children like Happy to being flourishing in God’s love with the support they need. More than 17,000 children in Togo attend activities in the projects. Like Happy, about 4,000 of those boys and girls have yet to be sponsored. These children still participate in all activities and have access to the various benefits from the project. Thanks to the Unsponsored Children's Fund, every child who is not yet sponsored receives the same attention as those who are sponsored.