It's always wonderful to share success stories and here are a few from students in the ABC schools in Farooqabad and Machike boarding school in Pakistan.

This is Mazhar Aslam. He always wanted to be a priest but due to his family's poverty he wasn't able to go to school. One day a minister visited his home and mentioned to him the possibility of going to the ABC school in Farooqabad. He finished training to become a priest and his journey started with the ABC school. He's very grateful to his Icelandic sponsor for the opportunity to pursue his dream.

This is Anum Rustam. She's one of eight siblings and due to poverty she didn't think she'd ever attend school. Thanks to sponsorship she began studies at Machike Boarding School. After she finished her studies she learned sewing and today she teaches the profession. She's very grateful to her sponsor.

This is John Amraphil Akram. His parents couldn't afford to send him to school but he got into Machike boarding School and received sponsorship. He worked very hard in his studies and he even won a lab top computer when he graduated. He then went to study nursing at a private hospital.

This is Nazish Mashtaq. Her dream was to become a nurse but she feared that might never happen due to her family's poverty. In 2006 she entered the ABC school in Farooqabad and when her studies were done she was accepted for nurses's training at the hospital in Sheikhupura. She can't imagine being able to fulfill her dream without the help of ABC in Pakistan and she's also very grateful to her Icelandic sponsor.

 

 

Boarders in the ABC schools in Uganda have a tight schedule that starts early in the morning and concludes in the evening. They rise at five o'clock in the morning and various chores have to be done before breakfast and then followed by assembly. Lessons begin at 8 AM and they continue till 5 PM. After supper another lesson is to follow which is the time dedicated to individual reading which is supervised by teachers on duty.

"Imagine if the Icelandic kids had such a heavy schedule but remember the most important thing in a child's life in Uganda is to succeed in studies because this will eventually help get the family out of poverty," says Trudy Odita, founder and director of ABC Children's Aid in Uganda.

The students in the ABC schools have big dreams and aim high with their studies. It's also nice to see that they are very poetic as well. Above is a lovely poem written by Irene Kisakye, a student in Kitetika.

Smile.

Give a smile, it makes the troubled believe, it fills an empty soul with happiness. From the almighty God.

A smile makes lonely souls know that there are some people who love them.

It costs nothing to give someone a smile. It does not need any energy to give it. So why not give a smile?

Happy are those who give a smile to other people for they will be blessed by the almighty.

How great are those who smile! For they are ever filled with happiness in times of joy.

A smile is the best attire. 

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Things are going great at the Little Lights school in India where ABC Children's Aid has been working since 1992. Over 1.400 children are in school and working hard in their studies to achieve their dreams. The value of education is priceless and here are three former Little Lights students who are flourishing in their careers.

Subbalakshmi Sholapuri was a little girl when her widowed mother brought her to Little Lights. She finished her college education and found work at a National Bank where she continues to work today. Subbalakshmi recently visited Little Lights and shared her story. She's certainly an inspiration to all the students.

Karunakar Veerla was a small boy when he began his education at Little Lights. After completing his college education he joined Air Tel Mobile, a country wide cable network, and he's very proud to be working there. He shared his story with the students at Little Lights and he expressed his sincere gratitude to everyone at the school. He said he couldn't even imagine what would have become of him if not for the education he received.

Nanaji Manchala lost his mother soon after he was born and was abandoned by his father. He was brought to Little Lights and he graduated from high school. He studied carpentry and started his own business where he carves names into wooden key chains. He's very happy that he was able to start his own business and proud to be standing on his own two feet. He's certainly an inspiration to all the students at Little Lights.

 

Lindin, a Christian radio station in Iceland is devoting it's entire programming day to ABC Children's Aid today.

Staff and benefactors will visit the studio throughout the day and discuss all matters related to ABC. Listeners will be able to phone in and support the work.

For many years Lindin has devoted one whole day every year to ABC and it's greatly appreciated and a very good way of reaching out to people.

Staff members, volunteers and benefactors have, throughout the years, sat down in the studio and relayed their experiences of working for ABC Children's Aid. Listening to these wonderful people is always a joy and a good way to spend the day.

 

A variety of products are for sale during the holiday season for those who wish to support ABC Children's Aid.

Our Christmas cards are lovely with either photos or drawings made by former students at the Little lighs school in India.

Our chocolate carton is very nice. Delicious chocolate that's perfect as a Christmas present. It's lovely to look at, has three different flavors and each piece has a photo of students being sponsored. We also have the same kind of chocolate in different packaging.

And finally we have imprinted pens.

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