Conversations with Alumni: What’s for Dinner? [VIDEO]

“What’s for dinner?”

It was the first question that popped out of your mouth when you got home from school as a kid. You secretly hoped for something different than last night and if you were lucky….you got your favorite meal!

Although my family had a short season of eating red beans and rice (Louisiana girl here!), for most of our dinners, I still had other things for breakfast and lunch. Most of my life, I had access to all sorts of food and snacks.

The story is very different for children in our program. Our local church partners reach out and enroll those in the most need. And sometimes that means little ones who may not have enough food for even one meal, let alone three meals a day.

When you invest in the life of a child, you partner with us and the local church in their holistic development. The most basic part of a child’s development is their physical body.

Providing a well-balanced meal or snack when they attend the program is just the start of addressing their physical development, but this start is critical.

What child who is hungry can focus on schoolwork, learn basic hygiene, or hear that Jesus loves them?

This week in our special video blog series, Conversations with Alumni, listen in as the alumni, from six different countries, talk about their similar feelings about “what’s for dinner” and their experiences being provided food at the Compassion program…


In this special series, we’re getting a glimpse into the shared experiences of Compassion alumni (graduates of our child sponsorship development program) who grew up in various countries around the world…and where they are now.

Meet Cecilia and Satish…

What's For Dinner Cecilia Nyamwandha

After Cecilia obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Science-Physics from the University of Nairobi, she went on to get diplomas in Basic Physics and Earth System Physics from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.

Currently, Cecilia is pursuing a PhD in Earth Sciences-Geophysics at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

During her time at the University of Nairobi, Cecilia co-founded two physics associations (one specifically for women physicists) along with speaking to girls in Compassion projects, encouraging them to pursue their dreams.

As an alumna of the Compassion program, she partners with us in various ways advocating for children to be released from poverty in Jesus’ name. Cecilia says her story is one of “hope, courage, and the knowledge that it’s not over until God says it’s over.”

What's for Dinner Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 2011 and went on to work for IBM. Last year he completed a year-long Fellowship in Project Management at Compassion International’s Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During his time in the U.S. he partnered with us and advocated for children in poverty by sharing his own story of release in Jesus’ name!

He has since returned home to India and married Monish, who is also a Compassion alumna. He now works for the Bangalore City Mission as the business development manager. On the side, Satish continues to run his event management company, Happy Planet, a business venture he started in 2011.

In next week’s Conversations with Alumni, meet some more of the alumni featured in this series and hear some of their favorite memories!

In case you missed the previous videos, check out the whole series of Conversations with Alumni!

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