See some of the most frequently asked questions about the sponsorship program below. For further information please contact us.

How is my sponsorship money managed?

The sponsorship funds received are kept in each child’s ‘sub account’, which is used to monitor the funding available for each child.

Funds are managed by our Sponsorship Manager, who monitors and distributes funding via each Area Co-ordinator.

The funds pay for requests of school costs from your sponsored child. Sponsors are welcome to see this account on request.

Why do you ask for $40 USD a month?

The $40 figure is based on the average expenditure of each child. Although it is not always $40 USD exactly, the steady income enables us to provide for the child all year round, as well as in the future when costs rise significantly.

This may not always be $40 every month (e.g. it could be $60 USD one month, and $20 USD the another month).

What exactly is the money spent on?

As each child is different, so are their expenditure requests. Exact costs also depend on the area they are from and the fees that are charged. The program is designed to be flexible to each child’s needs.

Typical fees include extra tuition and lessons, ‘building’ fees, entry fees, materials, school equipment, uniforms and more. You are welcome to see the exact expenditure of your sponsored child at any time.

Can I come and visit?

All supporters are welcome in our Visitor Centre (Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm) during opening hours. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact us first. We have strict policy on visits to ensure safety of the children we support.

Is school free?

Elementary/primary education is often described as free as the government fund most elementary costs. Sponsorship helps to cover any costs relating to school, but also helps children access school (transport), study at home (materials), nutrition (money for lunch) and any other specific needs.

High School/secondary school is not free. Fees rise as children grow older and are dependant on area. This is the time most children drop out of school.

How do I know if the child is getting the support they need?

Our team is set up to support children with all their school needs. Our Sponsorship Manager oversees the program, along with the Executive Director. Area Co-ordinators in each area are responsible for monitoring and reporting progress.

We send all sponsors regular updates on how their child is progressing.

Does Sponsorship cover home needs like mattresses?

To maintain the program as an effective school sponsorship, all costs relate to accessing direct education. Sponsorship can cover other needs in special circumstances, but this is uncommon. The funds also do not go far enough to cover home needs.

Our Emergency Care Fund and Quality of Life Support are here to support children at home an in emergency circumstances.

Do you use sponsorship funds for operational costs?

Yes, we use 10% of sponsorship funds to ensure we are able to pay expenses like staff costs (e.g. local co-ordinators) and overheads (such as fuel). This percentage is a little lower than our overall operational costs, so it does not cover all essential costs.

These operational funds are essential to running an effective program. We can only continue to provide our high quality of care thanks to our wonderful and dedicated staff. Without them, sponsorships would not work.