For our next WHY I GIVE entry, we want to introduce you to Jhocelyn, one of our youngest donors! She’s incredibly smart and passionate about giving back, and we’re so happy she discovered us through a very millennial way – social media!
Hi Jhocelyn! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I’m 23 years old, and I was born in Mexico. I moved to the United States when I was 3 years old. I have 3 sisters and a brother, as well as 2 cousins who live with us at home. So, with my parents, it’s a total of 9 of us! I am the oldest of the children and my youngest sister is 6. I’m very close to my family; I’m always calling them, I’m always bothering them. I no longer live at home with them, but whenever I have free time, I’m always driving back to visit!
Q: How did you find out about Good Neighbors?
A: I discovered Good Neighbors on Tumblr. After following for a year and seeing all of the adorable photos and inspiring posts, I finally went on the website to look through all the projects. That’s when I got really excited and decided to sponsor a child! It has changed my life in amazing ways.
Q: Tell us about the child you’re sponsoring!
A: My child’s name is Dorica, and she’s from Malawi. I instantly felt connected to her because she is the same age as my youngest sister. I grew up seeing my parents working 2 jobs, and felt like there was always this unspoken necessity to provide for us, our education, and to provide a good life, so I just felt like I wanted to do that for somebody else. My sisters and I have always been there for each other, and taken care of our family because my mom worked a lot. I can’t imagine Dorica not having the same support system.
Q: What are some of the perks of sponsoring Dorica?
A: I love sponsoring Dorica; it’s been such a wonderful experience. It’s been really great seeing Dorica grow up at the same time as my youngest sister, and seeing similar progress in their learning curves even though they live across the world from each other. I love the letters and the pictures I receive from her, and it’s pretty neat to see my sister’s drawings and Dorica’s drawings side by side.
Q: Would you recommend child sponsorship?
A: I would definitely recommend sponsoring a child to my friends! A lot of my friends know that I sponsor a child, and my family of course already knows. I am sure they will eventually do it too. Apart from it being a good thing, I feel like you get so much more in return. What I enjoy most about sponsoring Dorica is that feeling of having some sort of significance in somebody else’s life, as well as being part of something that you know gives back to the community.
Thank you so much, Jhocelyn! Are YOU interested in learning more about child sponsorship? Check out our website here!