Olive Aneno on “Home”

If you visited The Compassion Experience, you may have had the opportunity to see the story of Olive Aneno, who grew up in Uganda. Today, Olive has overcome poverty and is a passionate social worker working to facilitate community relations among mental health service agencies that serve children and teenagers.

In this video, Olive reflects on the differences between her own childhood and the childhood of her son, Felix.

If you’d like to change the life of a child in poverty, we’d invite you to consider becoming a sponsor. Click here for details.

Try This Recipe for Delicious Jam

 

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Mangoes are popular in many tropical countries where Compassion sponsors help children. Mango trees can grow more than 100 feet tall and were even grown in India 5,000 years ago! Help your kids learn how to make mango jam for PBJs this week!

 

Ingredients for Mango Jam:
2 c. prepared mango (about 2 medium fully ripe mangos)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2-3 c. sugar
¼ tsp. butter
1 pouch pectin

Supplies:
• One 2- or 4-quart pot
• 1 ladle
• 1 potato masher
• 1 cutting board
• 1 large kitchen knife

 

Directions:

  • Peel and pit mangos. Measure exactly 2 cups prepared fruit into 2- or 4-quart pot.
  • Grind or crush fruit with potato masher. Stir in lemon juice.
  • Place mixture on stove and cook over medium heat, stirring regularly.
  • After about 4-5 minutes,* add sugar and butter to pot.
  • Bring mixture to full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with spoon.
  • Ladle immediately into storage container.
  • After it cools, you are ready to eat your mango jam! Try it on toast or with crackers and cream cheese. Store in a covered container and refrigerate. It will last 1-2 weeks.

 

At elevations above 1,000 feet, increase cooking time as indicated: 1,001 to 3,000 ft. = 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 ft. = 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 ft. = 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 ft. = 20 min.

Originally Posted by Amanda Priefer at Step Into My Shoes.

Free From Poverty: Jey’s Story

Jey’s story is one currently featured at Compassion Experience events. Raised in Mathare, one of the largest and poorest slums on the African continent, Jey’s childhood was a difficult one. But Jey has overcome poverty and has now found his niche as a successful DJ and a youth minister.

We thought you may enjoy a few words of encouragement from Jey. Click here to view this video.

If you’d like to give hope to a child like Jey, we’d invite you to consider becoming a Compassion sponsor. Click here for details.

The Impact of Writing Letters

Hear directly from a few formerly Compassion-sponsored children reflect on the impact that letters from their sponsors had on their ability to escape from poverty.

 

This same group also spent some time talking about some of their favorite memories from the Compassion program.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor and empowering a child to be released from poverty? Click here to learn more.