Why should I sponsor a child? - Children of the Mekong

Why should I sponsor a child?

Education can lift children out of poverty. Sponsoring a child provides them with access to education.

Child sponsorship: an efficient way to reduce poverty?

Education is often ranked as one of the major resources that must be prioritized, as its absence is linked as a leading cause of poverty. Many countries across the world lack the necessary funding to develop their educational systems, and the task is often made even more challenging by political instability. Myanmar, for example, has a long history of military coups, preventing any long-term views on education reforms. In those situations, the solution often relies on external funding through NGOs.

Of the several approaches developed around the world to help with education, child sponsorship is both the most common, with 9 million children sponsored worldwide and the most efficient, with repercussions at all scales. Children of the Mekong has been implementing that method in Southeast Asia for over 60 years.

The positive effects of child sponsorship

Child sponsorship programmes have an obvious impact on the children themselves. Research proves that children who followed sponsorship programmes have been able to obtain high-paying, white-collar jobs. This is due to two main reasons.

The first one is the better education and quality of life they receive, with meal benefits, health checks, and a lower tendency to drop out of school. These benefits are maximized by the on-site presence of volunteering local programme managers, who know the families and their needs.

The second benefit is on the aspirations of sponsored children. Poverty is often referenced as a trap. Poor children are not able to dream of a better future, because they do not see any examples near them, and thus drop out of school (sometimes deemed as useless) early.

Personal sponsorship, by showing that people believe in them, may allow children to set higher goals and motivations. Children of the Mekong tries to maximize that effect by establishing a regular, letter and email based contact between the sponsor and the child, creating a personal relationship with long-term benefits.

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A ripple effect: the impact of child sponsorship

A local child sponsorship programme not only benefit the children, but the whole community as well. The programme is locally based and provides a small boost to the local economy, increasing the revenues of the community.  The major benefits come later once the children from the programme obtain a job. Their new status will give them the ability to help their family financially, such as paying for their sibling’s education or building a new house for their parents. Eventually providing education to their children, and breaking the poverty trap for the whole community.

If enough programmes are deployed, these sponsorship programmes will also significantly benefit the entire country. The reduction of poverty and educational needs gives more money to the government to tackle other critical needs, like infrastructures, while the educated children can form an elite in a variety of fields to help work on these developments.

Thus, sponsoring a child, through providing higher education and giving them more self-confidence, has huge implications on the children and their communities.

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