SUPPORT A CHILD – ENRICH A LIFE
The Support A Child (SAC) program at Asha for Education -Silicon Valley was started in early 2002 as a means to involve sponsors directly with the welfare of a child. Our mission is to connect sponsors with selected projects in India to provide for an underprivileged child’s education and living expenses. Depending on the project’s needs, contributions may also be used to cover healthcare, nutrition and other basic necessities. Sponsors will receive regular updates on their child. They will also be able to engage in one-on-one correspondence with the child and to be a mentor.
The aim is to support a child’s education with our partner projects. The donor funds are used to support the project that provides education to the child. This is not a scholarship program and we do not transfer funds directly to the child. All funds are received by the project partner and will be used to support the education of the children in the project. For example, the funds may be utilised to cover the teacher salaries, building rental, nutrition, learning materials etc that will help the children get a quality education. You can become a sponsor for a child in India for as little as $15 a month.
Role of Asha for Education
Asha’s role is to find a suitable education project run by a non profit organization in India which targets children who are unable to pursue education due to lack of funds. Then Asha endeavors to find sponsors for the children in this project and facilitates linking sponsors with individual children. Asha follows through by disbursing and monitoring the sponsors’ funds. It works with both sponsors and the projects in India to obtain regular progress reports of the children and build a strong sponsor-child communication. The sponsor has the opportunity to become a mentor and friend to his sponsored child by writing letters. The sponsor can also arrange a visit with his child through Asha and the project coordinators in India.
This program is solely meant for individual donors to be directly connected to a child at an Asha supported project. Asha for Education is not involved with any adoption process through this program.
Becoming a sponsor is easy!
To begin your sponsorship today, all you have to do is fill out the sign-up forms available here.
Below is a brief description of the projects the sponsored children belong to. For more details you can visit each of the project sites.
(For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org )
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal
Tomorrow’s Foundation provides holistic education to street/slum children living in a high-risk social and physical environment at Kalighat, Kolkata’s red light district. Donation supports eduational and living expenses. Check the project website for more information on budget, site visit and funding history.
Monthly expenses per child – $20
Δ CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT OF DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE (CDDP)
Location: Thiruvallur District, Tamilnadu
CDDP’s work focuses in helping the children join mainstream education through non-formal curriculum. Many of the children work during the day to help their family by tending goats, working in the fields, doing household chores or babysitting younger children. The goal is to enable them to go to regular schools after a few years at the evening school. CDDP continues to provide coaching and guidance after they transition to government schools. Donation supports educational expenses. Check the project website for more information on budget, site visit and funding history.
Monthly expenses per child – $15
Location: Jammu & Kashmir
Basera-E-Tabassum is a child home exclusively for girl children, ranging from 3 to 18 years, orphaned by militancy, illness or accidental deaths in the border district of Kupwara. Donation supports educational and living expenses. Check the project website for more information on budget, site visit report and funding history.
Monthly expenses per child – $30
Frequently Asked Questions
– It is often difficult for other families in the community to understand why a student or the family received money from the sponsor. This can cause jealousy and divisiveness in the community.
– Also, some postal systems are unreliable and there is no guarantee that the monetary gifts will reach the project offices. Thank you for understanding.
– The safety and well-being of the student.
– The student’s readjustment to his or her own lifestyle can be difficult.
– Consent of the student’s family.
Please contact us before you wish to visit your sponsored student. We will arrange your visit with the project in India. Also, please note that we limit the number of visits by a sponsor to two per year.
– Possibility of loss, theft, or damage
– Possibility of tension created in the community by one student receiving numerous or expensive gifts.
If you would like to remember your student in a special way, you may enclose small items in letters to your student or in an envelope no larger than 6×9 inches only to the address of the project. Some items which students will enjoy for many months are: ribbons, bookmarks, picture postcards, and other flat, inexpensive items . Sending money to your sponsored student is not encouraged. The use of any money sent will be at the project coordinator’s discretion.
For tax purposes, please save the electronic receipts we send you for every payment.
Please submit a matching donation request with your company and forward us the receipt once the request is confirmed, within 30 days of the donation.
When you make the Support-A-Child donation, you can donate just half the amount required for the sponsorship. If we dont receive a confirmation of the matching funds within 30 days of the donation, you will have to donate the remaining amount.