It was back in 2010 when Anahit learnt that she has a sponsor from England whose name is Hillary Spurrier. Then she was only 10 years old girl. Now she is a young lady who already graduated from the University with excellency and is accepted to get master degree in finance. All these would not be possible without Ms. Hillary, who supported Anahit not only with tuition but also with living costs in Yerevan city.
Ms. Hillary joined World Vision Armenia’s Child Sponsorship Programme. The programme is aimed to support and empower vulnerable children, their families and communities to combat the poverty and change their lives to better. She visited Armenia to meet Anahit and her family back in 2014. She revisited her two more times in 2018 and recently in 2022.
Anahit and her generous sponsor visited World Vision Armenia National Office to meet Programme Director Mr. Raffi Doudaklian and the whole team.
Mr. Doudaklian expressed gratitude to the sponsor for her contributions and dedication to change the lives of children in Armenia as Anahit is a vivid example of that change.
Ms. Hillary shares that one of her friends suggested her to become an ambassador to support children in schools in 2010. “During the training I was invited to participate, I was given a choice to support schools in Armenia or Ethiopia. I didn’t know a lot about both countries, but decided to become an ambassador for Armenia, thinking that it will be easier to visit. But I even didn’t know where exactly Armenia was located and, that aforetime, it was a part of Soviet Union,” said Ms. Hillary.
When she first time came to Armenia, she visited many schools in Stepanavan, Lori Marz of Armenia. “It was very exciting experience for me and I liked the beautiful nature of Lori region very much,” said Ms. Hillary. During her meeting and face-to-face communication with Anahit Ms. Hillary learnt that she was progressing well at school and wanted to continue her education at University. Mr. Hillary had no doubt that she would support Anahit with her education to give her a chance to grow professionally and be able to contribute to her motherland. “I supported her to be empowered and be able to be fully involved in the life of her own country,” said Ms. Hillary.
When in 2018 Ms. Hillary visited Armenia for the second time to meet Anahit, she promised to come back when Anahit will graduate from the University and she kept her promise. She was with the girl on this important day of her life.
During the conversation Mr. Doudaklian told about the changes happening in World Vision Armenia and new plans to support to alleviate the problems the country and vulnerable children face during this difficult times for Armenia.
Child Sponsorship Programme is a great opportunity to connect the sponsor with a child and community in need. The communities get empowered to find lasting solutions to make positive changes in their communities through targeted community projects implemented with the accumulated monthly donations of the sponsors.