In September last year Sister Lídia, our Local Partner in the St. Luísa de Marillac school, told us the sad story of these three orphan siblings. Their father died in 2002, in South Africa, and they were living with their mother who, unfortunately, also died in July 2013, leaving them on their own.
Our charity was not indifferent to this situation and immediately welcomed them to the school’s sponsored children community. The two younger brothers, Abilidade and Alberto, were already receiving daily meals under the SLM School Feeding programme financed by ALG. Their sister Gilda in 7th grade attended a school for older students close by. Now the brothers were also enrolled in the Sponsorship programme run by UPG Portugal in SLM and a notice for new sponsors was sent out. And soon enough the two brothers were sponsored! This means with c£150/year (per child) children like Abilidade and Alberto have access to school uniforms and expenses, a monthly Basic Basket to help feed the family and to the love and care (which they need so much) of their sponsors.
In UPG Portugal, we help to put a smile on the faces of children like Gilda, Abilidade and Alberto and to give them back some of the happiness stolen by unexpected and unfortunate life events. In ALG UK, we finance projects to raise these sponsored children from poverty – in education, infrastructures and poverty relief.
This Christmas give a different present to a member of your family or to a friend by Sponsoring a child or a project with ALG! Make your Little Gesture count!
ALG has been offering this festive calendar to all ALG Friends since 2011. This year, you can also print a high definition version for only 1£!