Why Sponsor a Child?I want to help
Global Care works in some of the poorest nations in the world, sponsoring some of the most vulnerable children, living in extreme poverty. Despite their desperate circumstances, sponsorship gives these children a bright future. Sponsorship pays for essential healthcare. It provides meals to enable growth and development. It provides uniform for school and the equipment to learn.
But most important of all, sponsorship provides education.
- Children born into poverty who can access education are proven to break the poverty cycle and become successful independent adults.1
- Their education can help their whole family escape the poverty trap, often for generations to come.
- A community with sponsored children benefits as a whole, gaining the skills and opportunities they need to move forward together.
What you receive as a SponsorI want to help
As a sponsor, you will receive a welcome pack introducing you to your child. This is the beginning of a wonderful journey!
Throughout their education, you will receive:
- A photo of your child, with their profile and family story
- A yearly education, health and welfare report for your child
- A personal letter or drawing from your child each year
- An updated photograph every year
- News of progress and challenges from their project and community
- You may even be able to visit your child and the community they live in!
Where does your money go?I want to help
Through your sponsorship gift, your child receives education, clothing and essential materials. Our local children’s worker provides committed welfare and medical support, both at school and in the home.
Accountability is important to us. For every £1 of donated money we spend in the course of a typical year:
89p – Children – supporting vulnerable children and communities.
7p – Management – central administrative costs and fulfilling statutory requirements.
3p – Fundraising – raising funds and building awareness.
1p – Governance – Fulfilling the legal responsibilities of trustees, financial controls, and child safeguarding compliance.
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- *Micha’s father already had ten children by his first wife, when Micha and her brother were born to his second wife. Massive tension between the two women meant the family home in the slums of Kolkata, India, was a place of quarrels and strife.
- The odds were stacked against *Reina, who was born with sickle cell anaemia in a desperately poor family in northern Uganda, and then experienced the trauma of being displaced by rebel insurgents at the age of seven.
- 11-year-old *Cathy’s life has always been chaotic. Her father went to prison for drug offences before she was born, and her mother struggled to bring her up as a single parent, living in a slum on a beach in Sri Lanka.
How does sponsorship impact whole communities?I want to help
Sponsorship with Global Care does not single out a child for privilege, but helps narrow the gap between the most vulnerable children and their local peers. Reducing local inequality makes the whole community stronger.
Global Care works through grassroots partners; local people who know the needs of their community best. So each sponsorship programme is culturally appropriate and tailored to the needs of each local context.
Sometimes a sponsorship programme will kickstart other community initiatives. For instance, in seeking to help sponsored children access education in rural Zambia, our partners helped the local community develop their own primary school 1. They also delivered clean water to the same community, formerly dependent on river water alone.
How do you determine which children are the most vulnerable?I want to help
We work closely with our partners to identify the most vulnerable children. This varies from place to place, as the challenges of each community are different. However, we seek to support children who are not just poor, but face additional barriers to breaking out of poverty.
For example, there are many poor families in India, but the Dalit community suffers most due to caste discrimination.1 In Uganda, stigma around disability means children with disabilities are neglected, and access to school and healthcare is limited.2 Kibera, Kenya is Africa’s biggest slum and is home to many poor children. But children and families affected by HIV face more challenges than most.3
By working with our partners, making the most of their local knowledge, we can identify the particular groups of children in most need. It is for these children that sponsorship will have the most significant impact.