& political advisor
Every single person is valuable
Over the past 30 years, I have been sponsoring children by helping them acquire a better life. I started when I was only 16 year old and have sponsored many children up until now. I sponsor these children economically beginning when they are only 2 to 5 years old until they finish school, high school, higher education and become independent. I want to give these children the opportunities and human rights I never had in my childhood. I recently acquired my thirteenth long-distance child – another daughter.
In my young age, I even have become a ‘grandmother’, because my oldest sponsored daughters are now married and are mothers themselves.
I will continue to help; most of the income from my books will be donated to children’s welfare. All the world’s children are our future and they need human rights, education and opportunities. Information and knowledge give us power in this world and, when children have these, they become, not worthless as I was, but strong, independent and valuable human beings. PEACE & LOVE, Sarita Skagnes.
My sponsor children
When I came to Europe and knew that I would have a better life, I decided to help other children in India who were in need. I knew it was hard for children who were poor and lived in slums. I adopted my first sponsor child in India called Khushi.
I was attending school and did not have a lot of money but I was able to send 125 kroner, about 1,000 Indian rupees, to Khushi every month. The money went for her school uniform, school equipment, and healthy food and, very often, I sent extra money to her family so they could buy things they needed such as food, a stove or clothes. I was happy to do something for my own country, and this proved to be a small beginning.
I wanted Khushi to have a chance and my support prevented her from becoming a child laborer. Instead, she went to school. And, when I could, I volunteered for helping organization children of the world.
I was a volunteer for Verden’s Barn, Children of the World when I had time. My friend, T.P. who worked for Children of the World left this organization to start his own called Faf - Fadderbarnas framtid, meaning Children’s Future based in Norway. T.P.’s philosophy was that we should help all the children in their own countries rather than adopt and take them away, because if children were educated in their own country they can help make the country better. His new organization, Faf, cooperated with CASP, Community Aid Sponsorship Program in India. Plan India was also a part of CASP. We felt like a big family with many small branches.
When T.P. started Faf in 1991, I became a long distance adoptive parent to two more girls, Aasha and Noori. Both girls were only five when I started to support them and they lived in the Maharashtra state in India. Aasha lived in a little village called Pen in the Raigad district, and Noori lived in a slum based in Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in the big city of Pune.
Executive Manager T.P. was a man who had offered his life to help poor children in India. I now worked closely with him as a volunteer. One of my responsibilities was to try to enlist more sponsors, and I went door to door asking people if they wanted to sponsor a poor child and give her a chance for a better life. Very often I had campaigns in different places to distribute the information about our helping organization and to attempt to enlist more sponsors and I was successful in my attempts.
In the beginning, Faf’s office was tiny, only 10 square meters, and it contained everything essential to the organization such as children’s files, bills, accounts and reports. We had to sit close to each other when we worked with no space to move and no salary, but we were happy to help poor children in India. We were all volunteers and were helped by T.P’s old father and T.P.’s kind wife, their son and few other sponsors. Since T.P. had only a meagre salary helping poor children in India, they were fortunate that his wife earned a good salary as a university professor in Norway. Mr. T.P. and his wife were the finest people I have known in the world and I highly respected their work in India.
I was studying business and accounting so sometimes I could help T.P. with accounting and keep track of letters and children’s reports from India.
I had recently begun sponsoring another girl, Laxmi, our fourth daughter in India. Laxmi lived in a slum in Pune, not so far from our third sponsor child Noori. Laxmi was from a village named Mulsi in the Pune district, but her parents tried their luck in Pune city only to end up in a slum based in Kishkindh Nagar. Laxmi was only 3 when I started supporting her and her family. I wanted all my girls to go to school rather than become child laborers. I wanted them out of the slums, educated and independent. Each month, over 1000 kroners, i.e. over 8000 Indian rupees, went to India from my salary to help children there and I wanted to do much more for my country.
My fifth long distance adopted child was Jasmin. She lived in a small village called Shirki in the Raigad district. Jasmin was only 4 when I began sponsoring her and her family. General Manager T.P wanted me to be board member. I told T.P that if I were to be on the board I would want to give 100% of myself but now I did not have that much time to give. So, instead I became a member of the selection committee with his wife who was the leader. Two years after she left, I became the leader and remained in that position for couple of years.
I sponsored one more girl, my long distance daughter number 6, named Rani. Rani lived in little village called Kamarli located in the Raigad district. I also kept contact with our driver’s family in India and helped them financially now and then. In addition to helping some children and their families in India, I gave economic support to some people in Thailand. Soon I got my seventh and eight sponsor child, two more daughters.
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