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 as well as fuel and staff costs for ensuring children get all the support they need.

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.

Sponsorship funds are also used to support direct delivery from dedicated staff (Sponsorship Manager, Sponsorship Administrator and our 10+ Sponsorship Co-ordinators).

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 often vary and is dependant on the school and the area. Some schools are private, some public, some are vocational, some are standard. Costs for all of these vary. Senior High (the last three years of school) 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. Our Sponsorship Administrator manages each child’s funds.

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. Sponsors often wish to give extra help to their sponsored children, and donate mattresses or bicycles when they see the need.

Do you use sponsorship funds for operational costs?

To deliver sponsorships, we must be able to effectively operate the program.  Sponsorship costs include direct delivery of the sponsorships such as fuel, project supplies and program-specific staff and administrative costs.

These operational funds are essential to running an effective program. Without this, sponsorships would not work.

The overhead rate is 15% for all Bali Children’s Project programs.