Hasmin’s Friends is the child sponsorship program of Vapor Sports Ministries. For less than the price of a daily cup of coffee, you can provide a child in a third world environment with the means to an education and enough food to eat.
As a Hasmin’s Friend, your $42 a month sponsorship provides tuition, books, supplies, and school uniforms for a child enrolled in a Vapor league. As part of the program, each child also receives a nutritious meal each day, even when school is not in session.
Hasmin’s Friends is limited to children enrolled in a Vapor league, where Vapor staff members get to know them, disciple them, and are in a position to know the circumstances of their lives and provide the help they need. For your part, you will receive a photo and biography of your sponsored child and exchange correspondence four times a year. Most of all, you will receive the blessing of providing hope and sustainable life change to a young, growing disciple of Christ in an environment that provides little hope at all.
Micah McElveen first met Hasmin on the soccer fields at Vapor’s center in Kawangware slum, which is one of the largest and fastest growing slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Hasmin’s thin frame and yellowed hair told a story of malnutrition. His ragged clothes reflected a life of extreme poverty and neglect.
One day, as Micah was playing soccer with some boys from the slum, a 20-shilling coin fell out of his pocket. Hasmin’s keen eyes spotted the shiny coin right away. He tugged at Micah’s sleeve and offered his find in his tiny, outstretched hand. For Hasmin, 20 shillings would have provided food for three days. Micah was touched by Hasmin’s honesty. He recognized the character at work in this little boy who had so little else in his life. Micah rewarded Hasmin by letting him keep the coin.
It didn’t take Micah long to learn that Hasmin had lost his father and grandmother to AIDS. To make matters worse, his mother was seriously ill from the effects of HIV and was unable to provide for her son. Hasmin’s family situation is an all too familiar circumstance of life in Kawangware. Micah determined that he could not just walk away from this child... and so was the beginning of a dear friendship. Micah found a foster home for Hasmin and enrolled him in school, both of which provided him with a safe and nurturing environment.
Hasmin’s story is just one of many children’s stories in Kawangware and other desperate areas of the world. Vapor’s child sponsorship program, now titled Hasmin’s Friends, was established because of this need.