Sponsor her education
For only $30 a month, or $360 annually, you can sponsor a child’s education – and change his or her life. School Sponsorships pay for fees, transportation, uniforms, books, lunch, shelter room and board, school supplies, tutoring and other supplemental services.
In 2022 our sponsorship model changed from 1-to-1 to small group-to-small group. Each group has the same number sponsors as children and, allowing you to have the opportunity to get to know 6-8 children over time.
Sponsors receive bi-annual updates about their group, photos and reports from staff visits to the program, letters or cards, progress reports and/or report cards.
Best of all, you will share the joy of watching children grow up safe and free. Some of the children in our education programs were once enslaved in brothels for sexual exploitation. Others labored in quarries or brick kilns, or as domestic servants. Some are the children of trafficked persons, including kids born into brothels and growing up in red light areas. Some are survivors of rape, child marriage or dangerous forms of child labor. Some were abandoned and living alone on railway platforms.
Why did the model change?
1) Child protection and privacy. Children living in rescue shelters or red light areas are in highly sensitive situations, and 1:1 sponsorship no longer feels most appropriate for some situations. We want the children to know and feel that they are being supported by a community of caring people.
2) Staff Capacity. As all of our programs grow, we find it very challenging to manage hundreds of 1:1 sponsorships with a small team. Our Education Director is the only team member working on sponsorships and we like it that way, because it means we can use 95% of donations for the kids’ education and needs, rather than for administration.
3) Kids are staying in shelters for shorter times, due to changing government regulations. In the past, we often had kids in our shelter-based programs for 5 -10 years. They stayed in the shelter from the time of rescue to the age of 18 (or older if they go to college). The Indian government is now moving away from long term institutional care, and towards faster family reintegration and/or foster care. Thus, the average shelter stay is now 2 years or less, requiring us to have to reassign sponsors to new kids very frequently.
End the cycle of poverty
Most girls come to us with little or no formal education. With long-term, individual literacy and academic programs, survivors and vulnerable risk girls are able to catch up, earning degrees that transform their lives and enable them to remain free and independent, forever. We support the education of over 750 children in India and Nepal sponsoring them as far as they’re able to go.
Child survivors of slavery, rape and child marriage, and kids born into brothel or slum communities are at extreme risk for repeating the cycle of poverty and exploitation when they grow up, unless they are given education to build a different kind of life. We are committed to supporting our sponsored children to continue their education through high school and even college. Out of the 200+ girls who have gone through our education program and completed grade 10, not a single one has been trafficked into slavery or re-trafficked, even though their backgrounds make them extremely high risk.