Winner of Facebook Promotion to Visit Uganda

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By Virginia Sowers
Posted on 8/24/2011
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Stacie and David Levis sponsor 13 children through ChildFund.

The chance to travel across the world to meet a sponsored child doesn’t happen all that often for ChildFund supporters. Most faithfully write letters and exchange photos with children and their families for years, but few have the chance to meet face-to-face.

David Levis of Citrus Heights, Calif., now has that opportunity.

Levis is the grand prize winner of the Experience of a Lifetime promotion that ran on ChildFund’s Facebook site this summer. He and his wife, Stacie, sponsor 13 children in ChildFund programs. Five of the children live in Uganda, which is where Levis, a California public school teacher, plans to travel.

“I was surprised by the outpouring of support from those who voted for me,” says Levis. “And I’ve enjoyed interacting with other sponsors on ChildFund’s Facebook page. Sometimes you feel like you’re alone in sponsoring children in other countries. It’s neat to see how many other people do it. Seeing their sponsorship stories on ChildFund’s Facebook page is so gratifying.”

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The Experience of a Lifetime offered Facebook fans a chance to travel off the beaten path with ChildFund.

Levis’ own sponsorship story includes his whole family. “Our three young children have become involved in writing letters and saving change to go toward buying cows for some of our families,” Levis says. “This has changed their perspectives on the world.”

His trip with ChildFund to Uganda will take place next April, over spring break. And it’s an experience he looks forward to bringing home to his family and students. He will be teaching an ethnic studies course focused on geography and cultures this year. So the timing of the trip is perfect.

“Seeing the five children we sponsor in Uganda will help me better understand the complexities faced by their families,” he says. “I plan to share this firsthand information to help teach my students about the importance of global citizenship, and how they too can look for ways to help people around the world.”