Sponsoring a vulnerable child is the most impactful, and possibly one of the most gratifying experiences of your lifetime. By spending slightly more than one dollar a day, you can literally change a life.
Our sponsorships are tailored to each child’s specific needs. For primary school children, food, school fees, school uniforms, bedding, and medical attention are generally covered.
For secondary school children the school fees are much higher and a sponsorship will cover these fees, generally allowing the child to be able to board at a school. In Kenya, all but the very poorest students board for secondary school.
Read Sponsored Children Success Stories
Maureen, currently a student at Thuura Secondary School was lucky to attain a sponsorship just as she had graduated from primary school. She is an orphan who is being raised by a widowed aunt with no source of income. In a letter, Maureen writes, “I thought I was cursed for what was happening in my life…when I completed my primary education I had no hope of attending secondary school.”
Maureen’s dreams were kept alive when someone came forward to sponsor her. She is now in form three in secondary school and feels confident she will be able to attend university, where she hopes to become a doctor. Without a sponsor who decided a young African girl’s life was more important to him than an extra dollar a day in his pocket, Maureen would now be working the land, doing anything she could to survive.
Cidy is an AIDS orphan who is living with her impoverished uncle, his wife and their five children. The family could rarely find school fees to keep the children in school. Changing Lenses, Changing Lives met Cidy during the 2014 photography project. We visited her home and met the entire family. Only the two youngest were in school.
Cidy’s case was so dire that her school’s vice principal felt she needed to bring it to CLCL’s attention. Before we left Kenya we had gotten all six of the children sponsored. In before and after sponsorship images, the change in the children’s lives is evident. From their clothing to their countenances, all has improved. They are all now healthy, eating regularly, and attending school.
Once Hillary had completed primary school, his grandmother could no longer send him to school. She already was giving everything she could to keep Hillary and his younger brother fed and alive by begging on the streets. Secondary school was out of the question for Hillary. The grandmother’s small shack was situated next to the town dump, where many boys eek out an existance by begging and stealing. Hillary said he knew he was in “hot soup” and would become one of the boys living on the street.
Hillary was nearly to the point of suicide when he was discovered and sponsored. He now is in his second year at Thuura Secondary School, where he is excelling in his studies. Hillary is very grateful he was saved from a life on the streets, living in the dump. He has claimed that once he completes University and obtains a job in business, he will himself go back to the dump and rescue another child.
Consider Sponsoring a Child
To view a life YOU can change, click on the link below. For just $35 a month, you can change a child’s sad reality of hunger and poverty into their dreams of hope and a future.