A KIND-HEARTED Wolston couple have returned from an emotional visit to an impoverished Indian community to see how they have helped two vulnerable children.
Pete and Dee Hickey visited Saila and Aswin, who they sponsor through child development charity Compassion UK.
The charity works in partnership with local churches to find the most vulnerable children and help them break the cycle of poverty by giving them access to education, food, medical care and emotional support.
Pete and Dee, who met working as advocates for the charity, visited 19-year-old Saila before she graduates and leaves the project and also met with eight-year-old Aswin and his family.
Dee said: “We felt so humbled, this family had so little but were so generous to us.
“One of the sweetest times was sitting with Saila – she kept stroking my hand and saying, ‘I can’t believe you are here.’ It was very hard to leave. We all shed a few tears.
“It was a trip we’ll never forget. It was so good to see again the work that Compassion does. Our sponsorship and the love of the staff in their local church project really does change the future for these kids and gives them a fighting chance of reaching their potential.”
Ian Hamilton, CEO of Compassion UK, said: “Pete and Dee’s commitment to their sponsored children has given them hope for the future.”
Dee with 19-year-old Saila. (s)