Sanyu Comes Home

Save the Children donor Sanyu Barnicoat tours a school campus with the child she sponsors, Maimuna, 8, in Namayumba, Wakiso, Uganda.

“I believe in Save the Children, because I saw it work in my own life.” - Sanyu. Photo by Rick D'Elia.

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As one of five young children, Sanyu and her family struggled to survive in Uganda back in the 1950s. There was little money for food and clothing, and no money for books or school supplies. But everything changed when Sanyu was sponsored by a family through Save the Children. Sanyu and her family cherished the relationship they had with their sponsors, and with their support, Sanyu and her brothers and sisters were able to attend school – an absolutely life-changing gift!

Throughout her childhood, when times were toughest for Sanyu’s family, Save the Children’s support enabled Sanyu to stay in school. Sanyu excelled at her studies and won a college scholarship to the University of Hartford. After graduation, Sanyu went on to have a successful career and is now retired in the U.S., where she’s dedicating her golden years to giving back through charitable organizations like Save the Children.

As a Save the Children sponsor, Sanyu is making a big difference in the life of Maimuna, a little girl living in Uganda. This year, after more than 50 years away from her childhood home, Sanyu made the emotional trek to Uganda to visit her old school and meet Maimuna for the first time.

Sanyu believes that Save the Children’s sponsors made a tremendous difference in her own life, and she is excited to see how her sponsorship is helping Maimuna and other children in her village.

“I have personal experience that sponsorship does work, and it does make a difference,” Sanyu says. “I believe in Save the Children, because I saw it work in my own life.”

Save the Children donor Sanyu Barnicoat tours a school campus with the child she sponsors, Maimuna, 8, in Namayumba, Wakiso, Uganda.

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