Big-hearted spon­sors bring hope

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GROW­ING up in a poverty-stricken re­gion of Thai­land, Ma­neen­noot (Noot) Them­jai rose against all odds to cre­ate for her­self a life of op­por­tu­nity that many of us here in Aus­tralia may eas­ily take for granted.

Speak­ing to an au­di­ence at the Chris­tian Life Church in Roma as a spe­cial guest of child spon­sor or­gan­i­sa­tion, Com­pas­sion Aus­tralia, Noot shared her in­cred­i­ble tale of grow­ing up in her tiny vil­lage of Par­sook as a spon­sor child from age six to re­ceiv­ing a schol­ar­ship to study at univer­sity.

“From the age of six un­til high school, I had a spon­sor from France and I never re­ceived a let­ter from them and didn’t know much about the re­la­tion­ship I had with them,” she said.

Af­ter Noot grad­u­ated from high school, she re­ceived a schol­ar­ship through Com­pas­sion Aus­tralia to study English lit­er­a­ture at univer­sity.

Here, she re­ceived a new spon­sor and was show­ered with let­ters and pho­tos which filled her with grat­i­tude.

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