Our Child Sponsorship Program
Our child sponsorship programs include community-based supports that benefit all children and their families, focused on the following core areas:
Nutrition: In-school breakfasts and lunches, supplemental and emergency feeding programs fill hungry tummies. Nutrition education and nutritional status monitoring help parents and caregivers provide the basics required for healthy development.
Education: Future income rises by five to 15% for boys, and more for girls, for every year of school attained. From classroom supplies, uniforms and school fees to teacher training and community awareness-raising, investing in education is the best way to break the poverty cycle.
Clean water and sanitation: Access to clean water is critical to preventing childhood illness and mortality rates, and help children stay strong, healthy and in school.
Family & community support: Creating income generation opportunities and building capacity in the community for self-sufficiency provides the means for long-term, sustainable social change.
How we keep our costs lowWe are able to keep the cost of sponsorship low while retaining the greatest value in the program by: Combining sponsorships: We offer sponsorships in a three-to-one ratio (up to three sponsors for each child), so that we can reach every child in a community. This not only benefits more children, but also keeps the cost of sponsorship affordable. Annual updates and semi-annual newsletters: Sponsors receive an annual update about their child and her or his community. Plus, we offer the semi-annual thrive! newsletter to bring child sponsors news and information from our sponsorship programs around the world. CFTC does not offer direct communication with sponsored children to minimize our costs and our child sponsors’ obligations for greater efficiency, fairness and impact. Secure online donations: Please consider making your donation through our secure online form via pre-authorized bank or credit card debits, which saves administrative and banking costs and is an environmentally-friendly option, too!
An inclusive child sponsorship programAs an independent, non-faith-based agency, we apply best-practice development principles to help people achieve a self-sufficient future free from poverty. By combining sponsorship donations, we are able to fund community-wide programs delivered by local partners with whom we have long-standing relationships. These partners are invested in and members of the communities in which they work – ensuring that every child in the community benefits from the programs offered. Families and communities aren’t left out. We believe that children thrive when they have a strong family and community structure. That’s why our programs include integrated food security, water/sanitation and livelihoods projects providing for community infrastructure and economic development. This long-term, results-oriented approach offers the greatest opportunity for sustainable change.
Rescued from a cold La Paz street in the middle of the night, Alberto (second from right) has taken many steps forward – and, to be honest, a few steps back – but is now slowly but surely heading toward a new life and a happier future, thanks to Alalay and child sponsorship.
Cherinet, now 14, was orphaned at a very young age along with his older brother, and like many children in Ethiopia, they raised each other. In 2008, CFTC’s local partner CHADET found Cherinet at the age of nine, not attending school and living an extremely difficult life with his brother – who worked long days as a general labourer to provide for the two boys. Once being enrolled in the sponsorship program and under the care and watchful eye of CHADET, Cherinet has been able to thrive.
When Bridget was two, she and her two-month-old sister were left on the front step of their grandmother Rose’s house who was struggling to care for her own five children. Life changed when Bridget was selected for sponsorship by CFTC partner HUYSLINCI. “I had no hope of sending Bridget to school at the time, even though other children her age were going to school. A huge burden was lifted from me,” said Rose.
Merline Dossous (standing on right with CFTC Program Manager – Americas, Genevieve Drouin), was just five or six years old when she and her older sister were found, abandoned by their father. Neither knows where there father is, and neither had ever known their mother – but thanks to CFTC child sponsors, both have known love and care. Today, Merline is a thriving, healthy and happy 13-year-old today who lives at House of Hope, along with her sister.
Azara (shown at centre) was pulled from school and sent to live with an aunt who demanded that she complete all domestic chores before attending class. As a result, Azara not only wasn’t in school, but became very ill. As a sponsored child, RAINS was able to monitor her situation and intervene to bring Azara back to her family – where she received health care and was returned to school.