Sponsor a Child

Every child deserves a healthy, happy childhood and the chance to dream.
When you sponsor a child through Worldshare you’re supporting vulnerable
children and providing them an opportunity to realise their full potential.
You have the chance 
to create positive change for generations. You can also
choose to support teenage mothers with unplanned pregnancies,
often through sexual abuse, continue their education and acquire skills
that ensure a brighter future.

How Sponsorship Works

Your monthly support of $49 will help fund projects specific to the needs
of the child’s community, including things such as quality education, food
and nutrition and health. It may also fund projects specific to the needs of the
child’s community such as schools or hospitals.

When you support our child sponsorship program for teenage mothers,
your monthly gift of $166 is directed towards a pregnancy crisis centre
which offers temporary shelter and pre-and post-natal care for pregnant teenagers.
It also runs vocational skills training to provide the girls with a means
to support themselves and their babies after they leave the centre.

We encourage our sponsors to set up automatic credit card or bank account deductions, as they are easy and reliable. You can also pay by cheque or credit card. 

Child Sponsorship is an opportunity for WorldShare supporters to play an ongoing role in the life of a child in need through a monthly donation. Your donation is used to support your child in their education and meet other pressing needs. Your sponsor child will write to you throughout the year and you have an opportunity to write back to them. Your letters let your sponsor child know that they are cared for and encourages them in their studies.

 

Education provides the foundation necessary for every child to pursue their future goals no matter what those goals might be. Through your support some children attend school for the first time. Your continued support means that they can continue to go to school until they have finished their studies. Our sponsorship programs also address the physical and spiritual needs of the children to ensure a holistic approach to developing their wellbeing.

Child sponsorship costs $49 a month. Each of our sponsorship programs is unique and based on the specific needs in the child’s community. In general, funds will go towards the children’s education in the form of school fees and school supplies, health care, nutrition, and counselling.

 

Our Wakisa sponsorship costs $166 a month. They sponsored girls from Wakisa attend specifically selected boarding schools that are equipped to protect them from the deeply embedded cultural stigma of being a teenage mother. Wakisa sponsors also have the option to sponsor their student through university at a higher sponsorship fee.

Sponsor children write letters 3 times a year. You can expect to receive a letter from your child in April, August and November.

 

Wakisa sponsors receive their letters 4 times a year in February, May, August and November.

You are welcome to write to your child at any time but we only post letters to the field 3 times a year in May, September and December to conserve costs. You receive a template to reply to each letter you receive from your sponsor child, but you may use any stationery or cards you prefer if you include your child’s name and sponsorship ID.

As part of WorldShare’s child protection policy, sponsors are not permitted to write directly to their child. You may post or email a letter to WorldShare to pass on to your sponsor child.

 

Our postal address is PO Box 84 Chatswood, 2057. Emails can be sent to worldshare@worldshare.org.au

You can send a small gift such as stickers or small books that fit in a 23x16 size envelope. We do not encourage other gifts such as t-shirts or soccer balls. We also do not accept cash gifts to go to a specific child. These types of gifts often cause perceptions of favouritism and create divides within the communities. Children can be ostracised and bullied for receiving gifts.

 

We encourage you to give to the sponsorship gift fund with provides culturally appropriate gifts for all the children in the community at Christmas time.

 

Our Wakisa sponsorship program does not have a gift fund. The Wakisa sponsorship costs more and provides more comprehensive support than any other of our programs so we do not request a Christmas gift from those sponsors.

It is difficult to say exactly when a sponsor child will exit the program. Some of the children in our sponsorship program don’t have access to education until they start the program. They might be as old as 10 before they start year 1. Some school systems also offer students the option to graduate at year 10 or continue to year 12.

 

Our Wakisa sponsorships operate a bit differently as sponsors have the option to continue sponsoring their student through to university if the student decides to pursue a tertiary education.

When your child exits the program, you will be given a profile for a new child to sponsor. If you are unable to continue sponsoring a new child, you may contact WorldShare to cancel your sponsorship.

 

We try to provide a child of the same gender and from the same country as the child you were previously sponsoring.

Your child will remain in the sponsorship program and be assigned a new sponsor.

You can participate in the sponsorship program for as long as you would like. You will be offered a new child to sponsor when your child has left the program. Each child has a unique journey through the sponsorship program as they start at different ages and take different paths with their studies.

Your child will continue in their sponsorship program until they have completed their high school education or a vocational training program following year ten. At this point they have been equipped with the foundation they need to pursue other opportunities.

WorldShare partners with Christian organisations which have the gospel at the centre of their ministries. Our partners provide faith-based mentoring, counselling and discipleship for all children in the program. This is done in a culturally sensitive and appropriate way, especially for children whose families come from other faith backgrounds. We welcome children from all faiths and do not require them to be Christian to participate in the program.

Our partners are committed to serving the most marginalised in their communities. Families are identified through formal and informal community structures and then assessed prior to starting the program.  In seeking to support the most vulnerable, sponsor children may:

- Have lost one or both parents (whether through the parent’s deaths, or abandonment), or be part of a family where poverty is exacerbated through caring for orphans or long-term unemployment.

- Have a disability.

- Be from an indigenous community or minority ethnic group that is comparatively disadvantaged or faces discrimination.

- Be assessed as having experienced or being at risk of abuse, exploitation, trafficking or child labour.

Often the children are well-dressed and cared for because of the support you are providing through the sponsorship programs. Some children pick out their best outfits or borrow clothes for their sponsor photo. For other children, their school uniforms and school shoes may be the nicest clothes they own.

 

Poverty also looks very different in different parts of the world. The slum communities our partners serve in India and the Philippines are side-by-side with big metropolitan cities. They have access to sprawling markets of second-hand clothes and shoes that are often cheaper than the cost of buying food. Our partners in Uganda and Congo primarily serve rural, remote communities with very little access to markets and stores. Cultural preferences may also play a role as sometimes children have shoes but prefer to go barefoot at home because it’s more practical for their lifestyle.

WorldShare works with grassroots organisations that are based in the communities where our children are sponsored. Every sponsorship community has a representative who looks after the children in that community. Our sponsorship partner organisations complete record reconciliation, financial and narrative reports and external audits. WorldShare also conducts field visits to partner organisations and children’s communities.