Education is truly a doorway to a better life and we see the positive impact that sponsorships have on our students every day. With financial assistance for school and related fees, educational support, and a supplemental program geared to help them reach their goals, students grow into confident and competent adults. Our generous sponsors provide not only financial support but often forge important personal connections. Together, we really are making a difference!
Helping students on a path to a better life
Over the past several years we have increased our emphasis on providing supplemental educational programs to ignite critical thinking and engage students in ways their schools and teachers do not. Our Path students play an integral part in the direction of their learning and programs the organization undertakes. Their voices are what drives us forward. The relationships that we form with these young people are powerful. We have observed that with guidance, care and love, these children can and will do amazing things with their lives.
How are children selected for our Path program? Youth who are identified by teachers, staff or volunteers as vulnerable to abuse or prostitution, or are observed to be left to fend for themselves, are a priority, as are those in extreme poverty. If they have the ambition to learn and we have the resources to care for them, we accept them into our program. This is their chance for a better future.
As a sponsor, you will receive:
Student's personal story. Each student will send you a biography so you may get an insight into their lives, hopes and dreams.
Letters Each student will write a letter during their school breaks to tell you how their studies are progressing and share those things that matter to them. Letters offer a way to build connections between sponsors and students. These connections can be simple or quite powerful, depending on the individuals.
Reports Sponsors receive report cards at least once per year. These report cards are very different than what we are used to in the US. Sponsors are encouraged to address any questions they may have so we can seek to provide better understanding of the West African educational system.
Photos We send sponsors a photo at the start of the school year and anytime someone snaps a good one during the year! Videos, too!
Are sponsors required to communicate with their children? Not exactly, though they are encouraged to and the students appreciate knowing you.
What does sponsorship of one child cost? Average costs per student is $800. We understand that many people cannot afford to cover all these expenses. For this reason, we ask for a minimum contribution of $400 per student. We will pair you with other sponsors until we have covered all the expenses.
Please be sure to let us know you are directing your donation for a sponsorship and provide contact information so we may let you know about your child. Thank you!!!