Paulin and his family look around their new, spacious home. These days, they look forward to something they never used to have—a good night's sleep. Instead of being packed in tightly together, the new two-room house in Togo has enough space.  

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Paulin and his family are standing together outside their house.

Paulin’s sponsor helped them to build the home by giving them a financial gift. The house has brought a sense of pride and comfort for the family and is a great relief for Cecile, Paulin's mother. The shelter that their family of seven used to live in, was a single room of four square meters. Every night, the children would cling to each other on one mat, squeezing between their belongings. Cecile's husband, Kokou, would fit in along the wall, and Cecile slept right beneath the closed door. If it rained, she would get wet from the water pooling under the door. In those days, Cecile was always worried about the conditions in which her children had been sleeping.  

“I would tell myself that my children were not responsible for our conditions; it was my responsibility,” she says. “I wished I was the one to suffer, not them. But they were suffering and it often made me cry.”  

When Cecile heard about the centre, she and her husband were members of the church that partners with Compassion. She sold food products and her husband operated a taxi motorbike. Struggling to pay their children's school fees and unable to provide enough food, the centre gave hope to Cecile and her husband.  

“What pushed me to let my children be registered was that we were in need, and they would teach them the word of God. I loved that aspect.” 

The centre supported Paulin's family by paying for his school fees, medical fees and providing them with food. However, finding a home for her children to live in has always been on Cecile's mind.  

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“Our conditions often made me sad,” Paulin says. “It was very uncomfortable to sleep with my brothers on that mat. We hardly had space to stretch or change our position.  

“Paulin's sponsor has been sending financial gifts to the family, which they mainly used for food. Then, one day, he sent two large gifts to a sum of about NZ $2,700. Paulin's parents bought a motorbike with some of the money. Kokou had been renting a motorbike to be a taxi motorbike rider. Owning a motorbike has freed him from paying bike rental fees. The rest of the money was used to build a house. “Our new house is good! We have space, and we sleep well. I am happy,” Paulin says.  

“I thank my sponsor with all my heart for all his kindness towards my family and me. I pray that God blesses him." I rejoiced a lot and blessed God for the life of my son's sponsor," says Cecile. “I asked God to enable me to help other people in return.”  

When speaking of Compassion, Cecile cannot contain her joy and gratitude. She wished she could see her son's sponsor and express her appreciation with hugs. 

“I am more than grateful to my sponsor of Paulin for his love and courage. He does not know us, he has never met us, yet he invests money in us. It is grace for my children and me. May God bless him,” says Cecile. 

Child and family gifts are allocated exclusively to your sponsored child and their family. Programme staff will help the family in purchasing gifts that are appropriate and meet their specific needs.  

If you would like to give a gift to your sponsor child or to help their family, contact us on 0800 800 777.   


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