Aspire to Inspire
As a single parent living in New York, Nick found sponsoring a child helped teach his daughter Colette the importance of giving back:
“My name is Nicholas and I’m 29-years-old. My lovely seven-year-old daughter Colette and I sponsor Diala, a little girl from Indonesia.
Last fall I ran into somebody with a ‘Save the Children’ shirt on in a mall in California and I remember thinking, I should stop and see what this is all about. I had thought about sponsoring before but never took the plunge. After talking to the Save the Children employee, I decided to use the opportunity to teach my daughter about the world.
When I found out that we were sponsoring Diala, I was excited because she was from a whole new place. I didn’t know much about Indonesia myself, so Colette and I spent time learning about Diala’s country together. I really wanted her to understand that on the complete opposite side of the earth, there's a little girl who is just about the same age as her, who is doing the same things as her, like going to school and learning in her classroom.
I sponsor because I want to show the world that anybody can help, even if it’s just helping somebody across the street. It doesn’t take that much to help, and if I start now and I teach my daughter while she’s young, she's going to understand that it’s really easy to help make the world better.
I live by the motto “Aspire to Inspire”, and I want to teach my daughter that. If you walk down the road and you smile at somebody, that person is going to take that smile and smile at somebody else –it's contagious. I don’t want to ever stop sponsoring. I wish there was a day where children wouldn’t need sponsors, but until then, Colette and I will be here.”