We’re so inspired by all the healthcare workers around the world who are sacrificing to save others. It’s no surprise to us that many of these heroes are graduates of Tearfund’s partners Compassion’s programme! From a young age, they learned that loving and serving others is one of life’s highest callings.

Meet three amazing people who grew up as sponsored children and are now giving back in a big way!

 

Dr Addisalem in Ethiopia

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“I’m a product of a kind heart,” says Dr Addisalem.

Dr Addisalem Gebresilassie is a 27-year-old doctor who grew up in Ethiopia as a sponsored child. She is currently on the front lines of Ethiopia’s fight against COVID-19, working as a resident in one of the designated treatment centres.

This confident medical professional grew up in a small town that didn’t have a doctor. For a young girl living in poverty—the youngest of six children, dreaming of becoming a doctor seemed like pure fantasy. However, Addisalem had the support from her sponsor and the encouragement of Compassion centre staff and her parents to push her on toward accomplishing her dream.

“Kindness,” says Dr Addisalem, “is something I have learned from my sponsor. He doesn’t know me personally, but he was committed to changing my life not only through the monthly support but through his encouraging letters. This lesson is a pillar of who I am today. I foster a kind and helping heart toward my patients because those were the virtues modelled to me while growing up.”
 

Epidemiologist Ingrid in Guatemala

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Ingrid, center, in a black shirt, participates in a meeting about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in her hospital.

Ingrid Samayoa in Guatemala is an epidemiologist who specialises in treating lung diseases at one of the three hospitals that Guatemala’s government has designated to treat Covid-19 cases. And she just happens to be a graduate of Compassion’s programme.

There are few epidemiologists in Guatemala, so Ingrid’s role is crucial. She’ll be working in the isolation area, due to her specialised training. She is also working to help her community learn how to prevent infections.

The proud Compassion child sponsorship alumna shares how being sponsored helped her become who she is today:

“The centre helped me to be where I am now. Without Compassion, I wouldn’t be a doctor, not even an epidemiologist,” says Ingrid. “I owe too much to Compassion.”

 

Pharmacist Jeannette in Rwanda


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Jeannette Nikuze in Rwanda is also a graduate of Compassion’s child sponsorship programme. Now she works as a pharmacist, supplying her community with medicines and masks during this Covid-19 crisis. But she sees her greatest contribution as educating her community.

“The greatest opportunity I have now as a health practitioner is to help my community by providing information, education and counselling during this pandemic,” says Jeannette.

Jeannette has counselled worried patients with her expertise, prayer and personal care. She says her time in Compassion taught her to not only serve her community professionally but to also keep her community in prayer.

Jeannette and workers like her are making sacrifices to continue serving their community. She has always relied on public transportation to get to work. But with public transportation closed, Jeannette has to walk long distances to and from work each day. But she still does it, day after day, emulating a servant leader.

Thank you to these and all the other healthcare workers who are sacrificing for us every day.

 


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