How long have children been sponsored through Develop Africa?
Develop Africa started its child sponsorship program in 2008 in an effort to connect kids In Africa with sponsors. The program provides a great opportunity for sponsors to build a relationship with the children they are sponsoring.  Kids and sponsors learn about each other, exchange letters, videos etc.

How many lives have been touched and what are their stories?
Since 2008, over 400 kids have been sponsored at one time or the other. Sponsors have sponsored for varying periods with the some sponsors being active for over 5 years. The primary impact that child sponsorship has made is enabling kids from an impoverished background to continue their education. Some of the families who are struggling economically are not in a position to cover all the school related expenses. In such instances, without the support of a sponsor, the parents would not be able to pay school fees or purchase uniforms etc.  The added burden of uniforms, school supplies etc. has made kids start school late or drop out of school completely.  Child sponsors have been an answer to prayer for many families – meeting a vital need and ensuring that kids are able to stay in school.

What is the distribution pattern of the lives being touched?
Children have been sponsored from several countries including Kenya, Cameroon, Gambia and Sierra Leone.  Currently the majority of kids are from the Sub-Saharan region of West Africa – primarily Sierra Leone, with a smaller number of kids in Cameroon and Gambia. Having a large number of kids sponsored in one area helps us keep our operating costs lower. Additionally we are also able to provide other services to the families – such as tailoring training through a vocational institute, after school classes/ coaching for the kids etc.

Per UNDP, Sierra Leone remains among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 180th out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index in 2011. Poverty remains widespread with more than 60% of the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day and unemployment and illiteracy levels remain high, particularly among youth. http://www.sl.undp.org/content/sierraleone/en/home/countryinfo.html   

Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above) in Sierra Leone was reported at 48.43 % in 2015, according to the World Bank. Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. 

Education is one of the priorities of the government and also of Develop Africa. In many instances, due to conflicting demands that families face, the education of children is given lower priority in terms of family needs.  In some instances to help ensure that the kids stay in school, we ensure that school needs are taking care of by directly paying for school fees, sewing uniforms / distribute school supplies etc. 

Sponsoring a child is a wonderful way to help change the life of a child in need and bring hope to his or her entire community. By becoming a sponsor through Develop Africa's Sponsor a Child Program you will provide opportunities to a child who is in desperate need. Sponsoring a child helps provide basic needs like food, clothing, and an education. 5 levels of child sponsorship are now supported - with each level providing a different level of support / communication. Read more here.
  
As a sponsor, what will I receive throughout the year?
Once we receive your first monthly gift, we will send you a sponsorship package by email (or hard-copy upon request) which will include a photo and profile of your child, and other information about your child's country. You can also expect to receive hand-written notes from the child, photos, scanned copies of the child's grade / report card, and reports on the child's overall well-being.
 
How does sponsorship work?
The goal of Develop Africa's sponsorship program is provide children with the tools they need to step confidently into the future. When you make either a one-time gift, or recurring monthly gift your contributions are pooled with that of other sponsors of children in the community where your child lives. Your contributions go directly towards the care of the child, providing: food, water, shelter, clothing, medical supplies (where necessary), school fees and books, and the basic necessities of life. When your child and his or her community reach their goal, Develop Africa can move on to serve another community in need. When this happens, you'll be given the opportunity to sponsor a different child in a new community. 
  
When you sign up to become a child sponsor, you join a family of  "life givers"  around the world who share your commitment to change the world, one child at a time.
1. Choose:  Select one of the children waiting for your sponsorship.
2. Click:  When you push the Sponsor Today button you are presented with a short form.
3. Respond: You will receive an email with instructions for payment / or sign up for payment through the site immediately.

Every dollar donated to a child in need is a gift and greatly appreciated by that child and their family. If you would like to make a donation to a specific child, please go to One Time Gift Form and simply put the child’s name on the donation form.  If you would like us to choose a child for you or simply want a boy or girl to receive the gift, please let us know below.
What you will give the child is a wonderful gift, what you will receive in return is a photo of the child you choose smiling in appreciation for your one time gift.  And there’s no limit to the one time gifts so if you decide you want to donate to that child or another child later in the year, they will welcome your gift then too.

 

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Thank you for your interest in sponsoring a child in Africa. This could be the best way for you to impact a life in Africa—by making a personal investment and building a relationship with a child and his or her family.  When you sponsor a child, you will have the opportunity to exchange letters, photos, videos, and gifts. You can even visit, if you choose to go that far. 

There are no minimum or maximum sponsorship commitments—you can sponsor a child for as long as you want. However, we do recommend that you try to sponsor a child for at least 2 years because this brings stability to his or her life and family.

We will be happy to assist you in the selection of a child to sponsor, or you can select a child by browsing through the profiles of children until you find a child that you connect with.
 
Please feel free to take a few minutes and watch the group of introductory videos above.   

Sponsoring a child is probably the greatest way YOU can impact the life of a specific child in Africa! 

  • Build a relationship. 

  • Watch your sponsored child develop. 

  • It's life-transforming!

Join Develop Africa and individuals all over the world as we bring love, hope, compassion and justice to underprivileged children in Africa. Sponsors like you play critical role in our program of helping children. As a child sponsor, you can help these children experience opportunities that they would not otherwise have. You can help children develop their potential and save them and future generations from a life of poverty!

 

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What is child sponsorship?
Sponsoring a child is a wonderful way to help change the life of a child in need and bring hope to his or her entire community. By becoming a sponsor through Develop Africa's Sponsor a Child Program you will provide opportunities to a child who is in desperate need. Sponsoring a child helps provide basic needs like food, clothing, and an education. 5 levels of child sponsorship are now supported - with each level providing a different level of support / communication. Read more here.
  
As a sponsor, what will I receive throughout the year?
Once we receive your first monthly gift of $30, we will send you a sponsorship package by email (or hard-copy upon request) which will include a photo and profile of your child, and other information about your child's country. You can also expect to receive hand-written notes from the child, photos, scanned copies of the child's grade / report card, and reports on the child's overall well-being.
 
How does sponsorship work?
The goal of Develop Africa's sponsorship program is provide children with the tools they need to step confidently into the future. When you make either a one-time gift, or recurring monthly gift your contributions are pooled with that of other sponsors of children in the community where your child lives. Your contributions go directly towards the care of the child, providing: food, water, shelter, clothing, medical supplies (where necessary), school fees and books, and the basic necessities of life. When your child and his or her community reach their goal, Develop Africa can move on to serve another community in need. When this happens, you'll be given the opportunity to sponsor a different child in a new community. 
  
When you sign up to become a child sponsor, you join a family of  "life givers"  around the world who share your commitment to change the world, one child at a time.

 

What if I can't sponsor a child, but still want to make a donation to a specific child?  

Every dollar donated to a child in need is a gift and greatly appreciated by that child and their family. If you would like to make a donation to a specific child, please go to One Time Gift Form and simply put the child’s name on the donation form.  If you would like us to choose a child for you or simply want a boy or girl to receive the gift, please let us know below.

What you will give the child is a wonderful gift, what you will receive in return is a photo of the child you choose smiling in appreciation for your one time gift.  And there’s no limit to the one time gifts so if you decide you want to donate to that child or another child later in the year, they will welcome your gift then too.

 


 

1. Choose:  Select one of the children waiting for your sponsorship.

2. Click:  When you push the Sponsor Today button you are presented with a short form.

3. Respond: You will receive an email with instructions for payment / or sign up for payment through the site immediately.

 

Thank You!   Your sponsorship changes the life of a child.
  


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Child sponsorship a great way to connect with a child and help make a difference in Africa.  Your children and family will get to know more about the life of a child in Africa. You will receive photos and exchange letters.  It will help all of you think globally and broaden your horizons.  Its a learning experience and it's a great way to teach your children to help others. Its life-transforming!
  

Get started today!  Choose a child, connect with and start a relationship today!