Bourama participated in sponsorship programs in Mali for 7 years as a child. He now works in a health clinic. Photo Credit: Save the Children in Mali

Bourama always looks back in appreciation of his sponsorship experience. As Bourama reveals, “I am what and who I am today in large measure because of sponsorship programs.”

Meet Bourama

Without sponsorship, it’s unlikely that Bourama would be where he is today – providing life-changing medical care to his local community.

Located in northwestern Africa, Mali is a land-locked country where children and families often suffer in the face of inadequate social services. In particular, children often experience difficulty accessing basic health care and quality education.

Living as a young boy in Mali, Bourama faced many of these same challenges before entering our sponsorship program. Given his family’s limited resources, he had been unable to purchase school supplies, which caused him to regularly miss class. “I wasn’t interested in education. But that changed thanks to sponsorship,” he shares.

Bourama was sponsored through Save the Children from 2001 to 2008. He remembers his sponsor’s name, the letters they sent back and forth and the good advice she gave him. He still has a picture of his sponsor, which he proudly shows visitors. During that time, he also benefited from extensive sponsorship-funded activities, such as access to clean drinking water and essential deworming and vitamin A supplements. This crucial support enabled Bourama to stay in good health and to complete his education, which then opened the door to new and exciting possibilities.

For the past three years, Bourama has worked as a nurse’s aide in a private health clinic, where he manages the treatment room. He loves his job and says it allows him to stay in contact with people and help ease their suffering. He also aims to pursue higher education in hopes of moving on to a more specialized role within the medical profession.

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