A huge thank you to Ben & Emma, Laura, Kevin, Ethan, Barry and Alana, Dewi & Robert, who all became new sponsors in August.
During the pandemic, children have been in more need to sponsorship than usual, due to lower incomes of families, but similar school fees.
Since the pandemic started, tourism has almost shut down and those who worked in tourism have gone back to their family homes.
With everyone struggling to get by, there’s now more competition for local jobs such as basic farming.
The result is more people vying for the same jobs and a lower income for households that were already in poverty as work has become even more scarce.
Why are there Fees if Schools are Closed?
Schools remain partially closed, however they are cautiously opening based on the government guidelines.
Some schools have children come in once a week to drop off and pick up work, while other schools (in ‘green zones’) are allowing classes to return at limited capacity.
Fees for the most part haven’t changed though. Students enrolling into high school are still faced with entry fees, semester fees and more (fees often depend on the school and location).
Why Sponsorships are Crucial
Sponsorships are needed more than ever as family incomes have been reduced significantly during the pandemic. It will take a long time to recover from and sadly, many parents have little choice but to let their children work in labor instead of finishing school.
Sponsorships create an intervention, giving these childrent he ability to stay in school, graduate and have better opportunities in life.
Thanks to the new sponsorships, sixteen students now have a brighter future and a guaranteed route through school.
You can see the Sponsorship Waiting List here.