For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you
invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
One of the main ways we are able to make a lasting change and defeat poverty is through Education, especially of children.
Education drives change, with dignity and self respect as adults and children are empowered to take control of their own lives.
In Britain we all take free education for granted but this is not the case in the Philippines where many families are too poor to be able to pay the required tuition fees, let alone buy books or a school uniform. Because of the pressure to get into work as quickly as possible and contribute to the family income, many teenagers leave school early, without completing their education. Consequently they frequently end up in poorly paid, low skilled jobs. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Sponsorship enables children to attend school and increase their chances of getting a better paid job in the future. In addition to the actual tuition fees the sponsorship payment covers the purchase of school uniform, books, shoes and school bag.
Some of the children who were previously in our sponsorship program have now gone on to complete college degree or vocational training courses and are now sucessfully employed in the world of work.
Sponsorship is only for a few years of a child's education but it makes a long term difference. If a child can get a job that pays a decent wage neither they, nor their descendants, need ever live in poverty again.
The sponsorship scheme operates in partnership with Lifenet Children's Foundation under the banner of "Growing Hope" - a holistic community outreach initiative designed to support parents as well as children.
Currently a years child sponsorship costs £70 for education in a state school or as part of an "Alternative Learning Scheme" for a small number of children who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to cope with the normal classroom environment, or who need additional learning support to catch up with their peers.
To enhance the school learning experience and accquire additional skills, all the children on the "Growing Hope" program also attend a Saturday Morning club at the House of Joshua where, together with the resident children, they can have fun playing games and joining in activities such as music, drama and dance workshops, computer skills, extra English tutoring, health and hygiene, arts and crafts and competitions.
Please click here for more info. about the Growing Hope Child Sponsorship Program or send us an email.
Twin sisters collect their end of year 'honours' awards. Since this photo was taken a few years ago the girls have both graduated from university with a nursing degree.
This would not have been possible without sponsorship.
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."............. Nelson Mandela.