Matthew (12) and Austin (10) Smith’s family has been sponsoring Halimatou for almost four years. These boys have corresponded with Halimatou and they think of her as their far-away sister! We sent them a few questions to learn more about how their family’s sponsorship has influenced them.
Why is it important to you that your family sponsor Halimatou to attend school?
Austin: It’s important that my family sponsors Halimatou so she can make friends and learn so she can have a job. Also, God loves everyone, so we should ALL be able to go to school.
Matthew: It is important that she gets an education and have a good life.
What is your favorite memory of Halimatou?
A: My favorite memory of Halimatou is when she sent me a letter saying she was grateful that we sponsored her.
M: My favorite memory of her is when she sent me a carved swan as a gift.
Do you feel like Halimatou is part of your family?
A: I do feel like Halimatou is part of my family. We are going to hang her picture in our house with mine and my 3 brothers’ pictures. My mom always says that she is part of our family, so she is!
M: I do because we pray for her and talk about her some times.
Do you think that sponsoring Halimatou has changed you?
A: If it has changed me, it might not be showing yet. But, I know that God is working in me through this. Plus, God says that we are supposed to help and be at service.
M: Yes. It makes me more grateful for all of my opportunities.
What would you be willing to do without/give up for a month in order for your family to continue sending Halimatou to school?
A: This is tough. I guess I would give up my daily allowance. I save some of my allowance, but I would give away the part that I get to keep.
M: I would go without eating chips and junk food!