Portraits of promise

Our field reporters connect us to the communities where we work. When you see a photo that inspires you, you can be sure our field reporter felt the same way when they captured it. Through their stories and pictures, they share the impact of your support and the hope it provides.

“I am glad I chose to live up to my late father’s dream for me to get educated. Life has taught me that feeling self-pity is not how to solve problems. One has to take charge, and the rest eventually falls in place. I am not leaving things to chance that one day things will change. Instead, I tell myself that I will make things better.”

Mirriam (18)

CI TEEN
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA

“One of the major changes in my life was starting to take part in the life of Maynor, my sponsored youth. Maynor is also the name of my first son, who died.

“This is something very special for me. Maynor’s life reminds me of my childhood: I also grew up without a father; I also had a sponsor, but I never had the opportunity to meet him. That’s why I want to make a difference in Maynor’s life. Each achievement that he makes becomes a great satisfaction for me. He is a very smart and talented guy. I am proud of him!”

Otto Herrera

SPONSOR
CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES;
PICTURED WITH MAYNOR (15),
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

“Three years ago I became a single mother. And that made me reassess my life. It made me do a 180-degree turn.

“Despite having a career in psychology, I was very shy and fearful of changes and challenges, and this was the greatest challenge of all — being alone, pregnant, sick — because I had a high-risk pregnancy. The fact that I had to begin fighting for someone gave me new life and strength.

“To this day, this is what continues to motivate me. Now I have to be a role model for someone.”

Sugey Madelyn Pérez

FIELD OFFICER
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

“A year ago, I heard CI was going to give music lessons. I thought it was an excellent idea, especially because I wanted to do something new.

“When I joined the musical group, I focused on making my dreams come true. I used to spend my time on the streets. I did nothing productive. My parents told me that there were bad things outside. I did not pay attention to them, but now I understand why they said that.”

Sebastián (15)

CI TEEN
BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA

“Before, I was not into reading books. I did not take them seriously. But since third grade, I started learning to love to read, because I wanted to improve my grades in school. I spend time in the library now, and sometimes I borrow books to read at home.

“Now, my grade of 80 in English has increased to 90. My mother is so happy!

“I believe reading skills will help me get far. They will help me easily get a job in the future. My dream is to teach English someday, so I can give back to my parents who support me and take pride in me.”

Angel (9)

CI KID
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES

“Today as a mother of a daughter, as a volunteer and as a woman, I have a different view of life. Women are not objects of play. We are humans who have feelings and emotions and — moreover — we are creators, for we give birth. I teach my daughter every day, never stay quiet for anyone or anything you feel is not correct. Speak up against it.”

Aruna Chowdhury

VOLUNTEER
KOLKATA, INDIA

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