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A donor’s gift transforms a girl’s health and well-being

Find out how Fernanda’s sponsor stepped in to help alleviate the teen’s suffering, following her lupus diagnosis

By Enmanuel Castro, CCFC communications manager, Nicaragua

Whatever gift you send your sponsored child for a birthday or holiday, it truly makes them feel special. Sometimes, it even ends up helping in ways you didn’t expect. It did for the sponsor of 17-year-old Fernanda.

When Fernanda was 15, she was diagnosed with lupus, a disease in which the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues. There’s no known cure. The diagnosis was devastating for Fernanda, a girl known in her community for being active in children’s rights workshops.

“I had swollen joints, rashes, hair loss, fever and extreme fatigue,” recalls Fernanda. “I did not attend school for five months. Walking was almost impossible. Some days I couldn’t lift a glass of water because of the pain. I wanted to go out with my friends. I wanted my life as it was in the past. I didn’t know how my family could pay for medicine.”

It was then that we alerted Fernanda’s sponsor that her original gift for school supplies would be used to buy medicine to help the family. She was eager to assist.

“The gift was very helpful for my entire family,” says Fernanda. “I receive this support twice a year. Those are the best months in the year [since my mother can’t afford the medicine].”

Now the teen has new interests and hope for the future.

“I started reading Isabel Allende and other writers on my trips for treatments,” she shares. “And, I want to be a doctor or engineer. A sponsor can change a person’s life.”

Watch Fernanda share her story...

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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For nearly 60 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.

What We Do

We work to protect and improve the lives of children by helping them realize their basic human rights – nutritious food, clean water, health care and education. We empower children to grow up confident, know their rights, be active in the community, and take the lead in their own change. 
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