The third edition of ABC‘s magazine is out.

Among topics is an interview with Thrainn Skulason who‘s travelled to Pakistan twice and visited the ABC schools there. A renowned writer who supports a student in Pakistan discusses why it‘s important everybody lends a hand in some way and there‘s also an interview with two volunteers who took part in field work in the ABC schools in Uganda. And more.

We‘re proud of the magazine and thankful to be able to share news of the organization with in depth interviews and all manner of trivia to supporters and benefactors.

 

 

Christmas greetings from Samuel Montupalli, director at Little Lights in India.

„Children at Little Lights are happy and enjoying your love and kindness. They are going to school and college to achieve their goals and realize their dreams. They are excited and know that education is changing their destiny. They are preparing for a better future.

Our main concern has always been for the poor and hungry children living in poverty and have known starvation and degradation. We are even more concerned about girls whose plight is more pathetic because of gender bias and social discrimination. The girls are finding Little Lights to be a happy home. They are blessed with everything they need; plenty of food and good education. Education is changing their lives and they are happy about their success.

We wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year of peace, joy and prosperity.Thank you for your love and generosity for the children and making their Christmas merry and joyful“

 

The students in the ABC schools in Africa and Asia all come from poverty. What they need is an opportunity. Poor children should also go to school. Without education there is no way to work your way out of poverty. The children don‘t decide where they‘re born but if they receive that opportunity the world is at their feet.

Great things happen when children get an opportunity. One of our former students, Kevin Bahati from Kenya, has achieved tremendous success as a Gospel singer. He grew up in poverty and had nowhere to go when he entered the ABC school in Star of Hope.

Mariel Catabay is a former student from the Philippines and she came from poverty. She enjoyed sponsorship for 14 years and she took a college course in Business and Technical education. Today she consults people on educational matters and helps unemployed people find work.

Shahid Nazir is in medical training today. He grew up in poverty in Farooqabad in Pakistan and went to the ABC school in the area.

Kevin, Mariel and Shahid are just three examples. Former ABC students are in the thousands and they have embarked on their journey full of hope and confidence. They have as much a chance to succeed in life as those who weren‘t born into poverty.

Grace Nankinyi is an ABC student in the school in Namelok in Kenya. She wants to become a doctor. She has five siblings and the economic situation with her family is dire. If she applies herself to her studies there‘s nothing to prevent her from achieving her dreams and being able to fully support herself and her family. She just needs that opportunity.

 

A lot of children are in the same position Kevin, Mariel and Shahid were in and with support they can get that opportunity they need. To give the gift of opportunity is impossible to put a price tag on.

One of ABC Children's Aid's founders, Halldor Palsson, was in many ways largely responsible for the wheels going in motion during the birth of the organization. In total there were eight people who founded ABC Children's Aid in 1988.

Halldor was interviewed for the second issue of ABC Children's Aid Icelandic Magazine and here is what he had to say when asked how he got involved.

"I was an insurance salesman at the time. I worked at the same place as Hannes Lentz and I had never met him before. Hannes was an excellent salesman and I was too. We sold more than everyone else combined. During our discussions I started telling him about Jesus and Hannes wasn't very interested. It therefore came as a surprise when he agreed to come with me to a service in a church. After service ended we discussed all matters of religion and Hannes was open to accepting Jesus. A week later he met Gudrun Margret," says Halldor.

Gudrun Margret is Halldor's sister and she is also one of the founders of ABC Children's Aid. Prior to meeting Hannes she was intent on going abroad and helping children in need. After meeting Hannes, who became her husband, Gudrun Margret abandoned her trip but wanted desperately to do something to help children learn to read and write.

"Me and another individual wanted to promote a friend of ours who was a musician. I thought to myself it would be a good idea to make a record and sell it for the benefit of a help organization. I had experience doing that ," says Halldor. Turns out there wasn't any interest no matter how many organizations Halldor spoke with. "So the idea came to just found our own organization," he says.

Gudrun Margret really took to the idea and was a great driving force for ABC getting started. "It really couldn't have happened if Gudrun Margret hadn't completely devoted herself to this project," Halldor says. But it's clear that if she hadn't met Hannes then there's a chance that ABC might not have gotten off the ground.

None of ABC's founders work for the organiazation today but all them are immensely proud of being a large part of the organization's wonderful history.

 

It's always wonderful to share success stories and here are a few from students in the ABC schools in Farooqabad and Machike boarding school in Pakistan.

This is Mazhar Aslam. He always wanted to be a priest but due to his family's poverty he wasn't able to go to school. One day a minister visited his home and mentioned to him the possibility of going to the ABC school in Farooqabad. He finished training to become a priest and his journey started with the ABC school. He's very grateful to his Icelandic sponsor for the opportunity to pursue his dream.

This is Anum Rustam. She's one of eight siblings and due to poverty she didn't think she'd ever attend school. Thanks to sponsorship she began studies at Machike Boarding School. After she finished her studies she learned sewing and today she teaches the profession. She's very grateful to her sponsor.

This is John Amraphil Akram. His parents couldn't afford to send him to school but he got into Machike boarding School and received sponsorship. He worked very hard in his studies and he even won a lab top computer when he graduated. He then went to study nursing at a private hospital.

This is Nazish Mashtaq. Her dream was to become a nurse but she feared that might never happen due to her family's poverty. In 2006 she entered the ABC school in Farooqabad and when her studies were done she was accepted for nurses's training at the hospital in Sheikhupura. She can't imagine being able to fulfill her dream without the help of ABC in Pakistan and she's also very grateful to her Icelandic sponsor.

 

 

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