A 4-year-old Peruvian girl, Yamilet, has captured the heart strings of Fiat of Brookdale technician Justin Rosckes, who signed up to sponsor her
through the Compassion International relief organization.
“The neat part about Compassion is you get to choose the child you want to sponsor from whichever country,” said Rosckes. “You communicate
with them, sending letters back and forth and so much of it (your donation) goes directly to the child you sponsor.” Funds help cover food and school expenses.
Letters are translated by the ministry, and take some time to arrive. Yamilet lives in a small community on the edge of a jungle, two to three hours from a major city. Rosckes got involved after hearing about the effort on KTIS radio, and through his girlfriend, who lives in Washington, D.C.
The technician said he’s learned from his sponsorship not to take the little things for granted, that poverty is very real and for many, survival is the focus rather than trying to “get ahead.” “I try to understand and fathom what daily life is like for them, compared to daily life here and our daily trials and points of stress,” he said.
Even with family close by, it’s easy for people to lose value for themselves in that setting, he explained. “For them, it’s not only knowing that somebody so far away cares, but that they are real.” Someday, Rosckes would like to go to Peru to meet Yamilet.