Fred and Scheryn Pratt have sponsored nine children over the years with CFCA. One of them, Newton, is pursuing an education in art with the help of CFCA and the Pratts, who contribute to his art school fees in addition to sponsorship.
Here is an excerpt of a conversation our correspondent Natasha Sims recently had with Scheryn about their sponsorship experience.
I heard you got to visit Newton’s home and school. What was that like?
It was very eye opening. He goes to the Buru Buru Art Institute, and it’s a college.
It’s very nice with a lawn and grounds and nice buildings, and we toured the school. And that was just like a typical college, but small ñ not big like in the U.S.
Well, his home is in a very poor slum. It is one small room for three people: his older brother, his mother and himself.
It’s crowded in the sense that there’s so little space and there’s very little furniture.
When I say one room, I mean 12×12 or 8×8, so it’s small. It’s on the third floor of an apartment building.
There was one light bulb hanging from the ceiling, but the power had been turned off so they had no electricity. The neighborhood is full of trash ñ you know, nothing growing, just mud and dirt. Read more of Scheryn’s interview