Children and young adults in impoverished communities are often compelled to work for their own or their family’s subsistence. They are therefore forced to abandon their studies. This feeds the vicious circle of poverty.
The programme aims to have sponsors supporting the expenses for education and basic needs of specific children or young adults to allow them to pursue their education and develop the necessary skills to reach their full potential, while staying with their family or relatives.
Sometimes, it is not possible to keep the children in their home due to challenging living conditions or family hardship. In this particular case, they will receive support from the sponsors and, with the help of the local Partner, they will stay in a children’s home or residence until completion of their studies.
The local partner will identify and propose potential beneficiary children or young people on the basis of specific criteria (Family composition and social context). CAFwill then discuss the applications for sponsoring of individual beneficiaries and decide their approval according to the conditions of the programme. CAF will then try to identify one of various sponsors for each beneficiary child or young adult.
1) Educational Child Sponsoring (ECS)
This type of sponsoring only covers education expenses of children whose housing, food and healthcare needs are met, either by their own families, by governmental authorities or other organisations. This programme covers different types of education:
- Basic education , until 17-18 years old (completion of secondary school; i.e. 12th standard in the Indian educational system).
- Higher education for young adults. Many of the children we support complete secundary school with good results and wish to pursue higher education after.
- Vocational training, e.g. technical training for young adults who have dropped out from school or who are not able to follow university studies after having completed their basic education.
2) Total Child Sponsoring (TCS)
Because some very poor families cannot cater for basic subsistence needs, TCS aims to provide support for housing, food and healthcare in addition to education expenses for children and young adults.
In India, an amount of less than € 1 per day (€ 25 per month) can cover housing, food and healthcare for a child, as well as tuition fees (until on average 15 years old). Children and young adults can also provided with uniforms and all the necessary education supplies.
3) Modalities of support
Mostly the support is provided in a form of regular (e.g. monthly) sponsorship contributions but other forms of support can be provided as well depending on the circumstances, e.g. a simple donation, a loan (with or without interest rate) to be reimbursed to a revolving fund for helping other children/young people, or a combination of both.
With regular follow-up
Regular feedback on the child or young adult’s life and education (such as schooling results, trainings, pictures, drawings, letters…) will be given to the sponsor through the local partner and CAF.
The sponsor will also be notified in case of significant changes in the child or young adult’s life (e.g. change of place of residence, of school, risk of drop out, etc.).
Any letters or communication between the sponsor and the beneficiary shall always be channeled through the local Partner and CAF. However, given the small number of children we support at present, we encourage the sponsor to personnalize his/her messages in order to create a special bond with the child or young adult.
If you want more information of our Child Sponsoring programme, please read our comprehensive methology paper here.