Sunshine Hero Spotlights
Get to know a few of the children we have helped across the globe
Bryce is a very sweet and innocent boy. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was nearly 2 years old. At age 3 he began attending three-hour classes to help provide therapy and sensory integration. His mother also attends classes that provider her with access to information and support in order to help her be a better parent to Bryce.
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation has helped children like Bryce and their families to receive needed therapy and informational classes.
Mei Ker is 10 years old and an only child. Her favorite color is pink, and she hopes to some day become a teacher.
She attends a boarding school located an hour away from her home. As a result, Mei Ker only travels to see her family once every two weeks. Although it is a long bus ride home, she enjoys the time with her family and especially enjoys helping her mother with housework.
Mei Ker is one of 30,000 children helped by the Clean Water Project each year.
Sasha was put in an orphanage in Russia when he was 9 years old after both his parents died. He is a very kind person who loves to interact and communicate with others. Sasha enjoys learning new skills and attending all skill classes but his favorite is cooking class.
With the support provided by the Sunshine Heroes Foundation, children like Sasha are given the opportunity to attend skill classes and receive individuals gifts in celebration for their birthday. These gifts help them to feel loved and special. For his birthday, Shasa chose to receive basic items like shampoo, shower gel, and cologne.
Lin Mu is a sweet and very shy sixth grader who came to the United States recently from Thailand. Having a gentle spirit, Lin Mu hopes to one day find a career that will allow her to help people in some capacity. She is a wonderful artist and loves, most of all, to draw and color flowers.
Lin Mu is one of many middle school refugee students in New York benefitting from personalized, after school help funded by the Sunshine Heroes Foundation. The program seeks to help these students succeed academically and prepare for a brighter future.
Rosemary (pictured in the center) is a very fun and playful 7-year-old little girl. She is always caring for other children living in the Tuni, India home and likes to have fun with them. Rosemary likes to show off her personal style by wearing jewelry frequently. A very social little girl, Rosemary's favorite activity is playing games with other children.
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation has helped orphaned children like Rosemary to receive an education and gain hope for the future despite losing parents in the 2004 Tsunami.
Gerardo is the youngest of 11 children. At 14 years old, he is currently attending the 6th grade and his favorite subject to study is Aztec history. Gerardo's parents make crafts to sell in the markets of Oaxaca, Mexico for their livelihood. Gerardo would like to study medicine and dreams of someday becoming a doctor so that he can help people in need.
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation supports 627 children in Gerardo's school by providing them with nutritious meals six days a week.
Although Alex was born with hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy, he has exceeded the expectations of his doctors and therapists by learning to talk and walking with a walker. Alex is a happy and fun-loving boy. He enjoys playing with toy cars and trains with his two brothers. He attends school and loves to be there with his friends. He will start middle school next year and can't wait.
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation helps children like Alex have a safe place to play and to be taken care of so that their parents can have a night to themselves without having to worry.
As a young boy, Tomas received surgery to fix a urological birth defect. Though he was too young to understand what this surgery would mean for his future, his father was extremely grateful for his son to finally live a normal life. Nervous for his son to undergo surgery, Thomas' dad stayed by his side throughout the entire surgical process encouraging his son, knowing that this surgery would change his life.
Receiving this surgery has freed Thomas from great discomfort and potential future health risks he previously faced.
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation has helped children like Thomas receive life-changing surgeries allowing them to lead healthier and happier lives.
At 9 years old, Ilia was sent to an orphanage after his parents were denied parental privileges. He is an artistic boy and is very fascinated by motorized cars. In his life skills classes, Ilia has produced his own motor car and races it in many competitions.
With the support provided by the Sunshine Heroes Foundation, children like Ilia are given the opportunity to attend skills classes and receive individual gifts in celebration of their birthday. These gifts help them to feel loved and special. For his birthday gift, Ilia chose to receive art supplies such as pencils and paints.
Aubrei is your typical five-year-old in many ways. But for a little girl with autism she's come a long way thanks to her participation in the Bridges Autism program, which has provided weekly therapy and sensory classes for Aubrei.
"We want to help her be her best little self, to have a happy life and to fit in," says Aubrei's mom. "We really look forward to watching her grow as a little girl."
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation provided funding for the Bridges program so that children like Aubrei could receive the extra help she needs to grow.
Hiselinda is a very sweet and charismatic girl. At a young age her mom brought her to live in Oaxaca to be safely away from Hiselinda's drunken father. Now at 8 years old she helps support her mother's efforts to provide for their family by selling gum and lollipops on the main streets after school. She is currently in the first grade in Oaxaca and participates in the meals program provided by the Sunshine Heroes Foundation.
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation supports 627 students in Hiselinda's school by providing them with nutritious meals six days a week.
John and his brother, Lawi, were taken in at an orphan home in Timau, Kenya in 2010 after both his parents passed away. At the time he was 13 years old.
John loves to play soccer. He frequently plays with other boys in the home after school. Once he graduates, John would like to become a journalist in Kenya.
"I am humbled and very grateful for the opportunity given to me through the HALO education program," John said. "When I can get a job of my own I will support other needy children in the world."
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation has helped children like John and his brother receive an education and gain hope for the future despite their past.
Eddie loves school, playing outside, playing with his toys, and keeps everyone laughing. He is an adorable child who loves to be playful and can't stop testing those around him. He has a great laugh and is fun to be around.
Although just recently adopted, Eddie has been doing great with his adoptive family. He no longer attends therapy classes since he quickly adjusted to his new family.
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation has helped find loving, permanent homes for children like Eddie in the foster care system.
When Cayson was 3 months old he was in a rollover vehicle accident. His family was told that if he survived he would be in vegetation for the remainder of his life.
Cayson not only survived, he is thriving today (at 5 years old) with intensive physical therapy. He is now able to walk a short distance in his walker, move himself into a tall kneel, pull himself to stand on furniture and many more things.
The Sunshine Heroes Foundation helps children like Cayson receive therapy at the Now I Can Physical Therapy Center that changes their life and helps them to realize they are capable of doing seemingly impossible things.
Bina Kumari lives in rural Nepal with her five brothers and younger sister. At 8 years old, she dreams of being a teacher when she grows up. She has the privilege of attending school, unlike many of the children in her community, and she loves learning.
Bina was seen at the Nepal Health Clinic where she was treated for her health for the first time in her life. At the clinic she was taught how to take care of herself so that she could stay healthy.
Through the Nepal Health Clinic, the Sunshine Heroes Foundation is bringing thousands of children, like Bina, the health education and treatment they need to live a better life.