A Chance Meeting Connects Two Worlds

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By Kate Andrews, ChildFund staff writer
Posted on 6/10/2013
David Berman
David Berman

John Chuidian, a graduate student intern at ChildFund’s Asia regional office in Bangkok, has made several videos during his time with us, but this one has a wonderful backstory.

Before departing for his internship, Chuidian fell into conversation with a man at a vitamin store in California. The man, David Berman, happened to be a ChildFund sponsor. As a kindness, Chuidian recorded a video message from Berman to his sponsored child.

A few months later, Chuidian traveled to the Indonesian community where Berman’s sponsored child, Sisilia, attends school. After arranging a meeting through ChildFund’s local partner organization, Chuidian showed the video to a surprised Sisilia. She recorded a response, including a sentence in English, which was emailed back to Berman in the U.S.

"It was a chance to do an act of kindness and have a dream opportunity to do good works while promoting the very message of warmth, hope and giving that ChildFund shares,” Chuidian says, “and though my skills have improved greatly since the initial filming and editing of this video, this is still one of my favorites.