Souleymane, Sponsorship Manager, Mali

One of six children, Souleymane was born into poverty. His parents struggled to put a meal on the table just once a day. Even though Souleymane’s parents wanted their children all to have the education they couldn’t, they were able to send just one child to school – Souleymane. He remembers getting dizzy many times in class due to hunger. He also remembers having to repeat fourth grade because his parents simply couldn’t pay the $1 annual tuition. “My parents kept hoping,” explains Souleymane, “but at times it was like hoping against hope because poverty was just all around us and there seemed no end to it.” Because he knows firsthand what it’s like to be poor and hungry, Souleymane finds helping poverty-stricken children through Sponsorship truly enriches his life.

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