Variety of New Zealand

Precious, 8 years old, had terrible eczema that made her itchy and damaged her skin. It was easily treatable, but her mum, Sueanna couldn’t afford the ointments to make it better. The doctors also recommended cotton clothing, but it was just too expensive and Precious was often in pain.

She’s just one of 295,000 kids living in deprivation in New Zealand. Mum Sueanna volunteers at the local homework club and helps at her daughter’s school, making free breakfasts for kids who don’t have food at home to eat.

Precious was matched with a Variety Kiwi Kid Sponsor last year and things have changed for the better.

“Now I can get Precious her prescription and we’ve noticed a huge difference in her skin,” said Sueanna. “Thankfully I got her cotton t-shirts and pants too! It’s wonderful to know my girl isn’t in pain anymore.”

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Thanks to her sponsor, Precious has also been able to join in on school trips with her classmates and isn’t being left behind.

“The new school year is very expensive for us, especially as it comes straight after the Christmas holidays. Thanks to Kiwi Kid Sponsorship I’ve been able to get her stationery and a uniform, and have even paid for her school camp,” says a smiling Sueanna.

Precious loves learning and going to school each day. Now she’s going with the gear she needs, and without the distraction of sore, itchy skin. Sueanna couldn’t be happier: “To some people these are little things. To us these are very big things.”

Variety Kiwi Kid Sponsorship connects a child in need with a sponsor who pays $45 per month to fund basic essentials like clothing, bedding, school equipment and medical costs.

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