At every question posed by the camp leaders, Isabel’s hand shoots high up in the air. She plans to share the lessons on self esteem with other kids in her community.
“[The Kids’ Camps are] very important because many children in my community, they feel like they’re not important for society,” says Isabel. “But after we go and tell them, they can start feeling important."
Isabel has seen this in her own life.
The youngest of eight children — six boys and two girls — she’s seen communication with her own family flourish since she’s been attending the Kids’ Camps. Before she participated, she didn’t know how to take responsibility. She and her siblings didn’t talk much. But now she shares the lessons she’s learned so her siblings can experience the same empowerment.
Isabel, 13, says, “This [camp] has taken me closer to God. God has given us life. We cannot plan anything without asking him.”
Isabel has been a World Vision sponsored child since 2008. She knows that World Vision’s child sponsorship program makes the Kids’ Camps possible and that without sponsorship, she wouldn’t have the opportunity to be here.
“Before I was sponsored, I didn’t participate or didn’t go to any meetings,” she says. “But after I was sponsored, I started participating. [The staff] called me to write letters or to draw pictures that allowed me to express myself.”
She has a message for her sponsor too.
“I want to thank you for this opportunity,” Isabel says. “Not every child is here today. I was chosen to be here, and I want to learn, and I want to grow so I can tell everyone how to change so we can have a better future for Guatemala.”
Photo©2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision