Cicero, now aged 9, tells us his sponsor has a special place in his heart. She has been a consistent and caring presence in his life since 2009 and in that time an invaluable relationship has grown, one that has helped him through some hard and lonely times.
Cicero’s family comes from a rural farming community where work is often scarce during the dry season. In 2010, his father had to find work away from home and over the following year his parents’ marriage broke up. Both of them went to live with new partners, leaving Cicero and his two sisters in the care of their grandparents.
Just knowing there was someone who cared
Understandably, Cicero felt hurt and abandoned. His schoolwork suffered and, at times, he could be aggressive with other children. But, he says, his sponsor’s letters were a huge support. Just knowing there was someone who cared about him was a genuine source of comfort when he felt most alone.
“She is very special in my life,” explains Cicero. “She worries about me, about my needs such as clothing, footwear, school supplies, and sends advice in the letters. She says I have to be a good grandson, respect my grandparents and study hard. She is a person who I love very much, even without knowing her personally.”
Today Cicero is a happy, confident little boy and hardworking student. Helieuza Alves, our manager in Brazil says that sponsorship has been a lifeline to Cicero. Without it, she thinks things may not have turned out so well. “He knows he has someone who cares about his future,” she says. “And that makes all the difference.”
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