Victoria Zegler poses for a photograph. Photo credit: Save the Children 2018.

Through Viona's Eyes

FEBRUARY 25, 2018 • SPONSORSHIP

Written by Victoria Zegler, 

Multimedia Storyteller, Save the Children in Indonesia.

10-year-old Viona lives in a remote community tucked away in Central Sumba, Indonesia. She lives in a small village that does not have access to electricity or running water. Poor hygiene is common in remote areas where Viona lives and children like her are faced with it every day. Prior to sponsorship, Viona did not understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and how it contributes to her success in school. Just last year, Viona suffered from malaria due to the lack of awareness of the illness and not being able to identify her symptoms.

In 2016, Viona was given the opportunity to become a Little Doctor at her school. The program, which is an innovation from the School Health and Nutrition program, enforces healthy lifestyle choices through peer-to-peer educational activities, an approach to help promote health within student groups. These activities include washing hands and monitoring the cleanliness of their classrooms, latrines and the school environment. “My favorite person is a doctor,” Viona said. “When I get older I want to be a doctor because they not only help sick people but many different people.”

Viona is now able to explore herself in sponsorship programs by learning how the importance of a healthy lifestyle! Photo credit: Save the Children 2018.

Viona is now able to explore herself in sponsorship programs by learning how the importance of a healthy lifestyle!

Today, when Viona comes home from school, she now knows the importance of eating a healthy meal. She then takes a bath in the river by her house after learning the importance of staying clean to promote good health. Thanks to you, Viona can look to her future with hope. With your support, we can help more children like Viona understand the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and how it contributes to their future success.

Victoria Zegler poses for a photograph. Photo credit: Save the Children 2018.

Viona sits outside of her home where she lives with both of her grandparents and younger sister.

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