The adoptive family began supporting Maureen in 2002, when she have attended a primary school. They accompanied her in education until 2020, when she graduated in the University of Nairobi with a degree in journalism and media studies.
“… I enjoyed corresponding with someone who is part of our family, and it didn't matter that she had a different skin color, spoke a foreign language and lived in a completely different country. We learned a lot about each other and about lives in our countries. things, even those that I had no idea about even in geography lessons …”, Zuzka
“… I am so grateful for how far you have accompanied me and my family during the eighteen years of my sponsorship, Words are not enough for me to show you how grateful I am for everything …”, Maureen
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Almost one year before I was born, my parents adopted five years old girl Maureen. Whole my childhood we were making jokes, that I in fact I’m second-born.
From an early age, I knew I had someone like a half-sister in Kenya. Although I was too young at the time to understand exactly how long-distance adoption worked, I knew that our family was basically in charge of Maureen. I knew that thanks to us, she could go to school, paint coloring books with cool crayons and wear nice clothes.
Of course, I didn't understand fully of how important our support for the life of an African girl is, but as a child I realized that the opportunity to go to school and study is unfortunately not obvious to all children.
When I was still in elementary school, I enjoyed looking at the photos Maureen sent us along with the letters and wondering how different people were on the other side of the world. I first responded to her greetings in the letters with painted pictures and later tried to tell about our family in staggering English in a few sentences before I was able to write a full-page letter, to which I usually received an even longer answer.
I enjoyed corresponding with someone who is part of our family, and it didn't matter that she had a different skin color, spoke a foreign language and lived in a completely different country. We learned a lot about each other and about lives in our countries, even things I had no idea about in geography lessons.
I think long-distance adoption has been beneficial to both parties. Maureen graduated from elementary, high school and university, to which she would unfortunately not have access without financial support, unfortunately like most of her peers.
And it still warms our hearts that our family has helped a girl from a poorer family to fulfill her dreams and move towards a successful life.
Zuzana Augustova, „adoptive sister”, 18 years
Hi! I was informed today that my sponsorship has ended but I'm grateful that even if it has ended, we saw each other face to face, spent out time together and also got to know each other better. I promise you that I must graduate this year. I Will send you my photos while doing my attachment and also during graduation. I am so thankful for how far you have supported me and my family during the 18 years of my sponsorship, words are not enough to show you how much I'm thankful and grateful. Pass my greetings to the rest of your family and thank them for their support during the 18 years of my sponsorship. I hope that we will keep in touch,
Maureen, adoptive daughter from Kenya