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Pam Reynolds in Africa


To Joyce's mum this kind sponsor from faraway Clayhidon is like a billionaire
In a poverty stricken African village a mother goes down on her knees to thank someone who by comparison is a billionaire.
Pamela Reynolds, from Clayhidon, who has been sponsoring children through the international charity World Vision for more than 20 years, was on a visit to Uganda to see how donors’ money is being spent.
“Nothing could have prepared me for the incredible week that we have just had,” said Pam, a retired Hemyock Primary School teacher.
She said she jumped at the chance to go and meet Joyce, the fourth child she has sponsored through World Vision: “It was a very emotional time. We are just billionaires compared with their circumstances. They are just so grateful for all the help that goes to the whole community through the work of WV.
“Members of the community came to meet me, to shake hands and to express their thanks. It was deeply moving.”
Pam was one of six World Vision sponsors invited to visit the Area Development Programme of KIMU (Kibiga/Mulagi) in central Uganda.
“The welcome that we received was overwhelming. The devotion of all the staff of World Vision was incredible, along with their expertise and understanding.
“The schools we visited were so poverty stricken, in comparison with the ones in UK. Yet it is the teachers who are the most important and WV has helped in many areas to provide accommodation for the teachers on site,; thus reducing their absence and lack of education for the children.
“In the community we were treated with such gratitude that one felt
extremely humble that our sponsorship could help to bring them so much happiness in improving their lives, through the organisation of WV.
“A particular work is the construction of a bore-hole available so much nearer to them, where they can collect water which is clean and fit to drink. The medical improvements are again of inestimable value.
“As WV isn’t as well known in UK as in Australia, America, NZ, they simply hope that we will help to spread the word.”
Among the presents Pam was given was a real live black hen. “I gave it to the interpreter, who has called it Pamela,” she said. “It laid an egg for him, the next day.” 

Pictures, from top:
Pam meets Joyce's mother.
Pam in her classroom.
Receiving presents from a grateful community.
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