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Determined to Develop
143 Woodstock Drive
Avon Lake OH 44012
US Phone:

Reg Number: 1855096
IRS EIN/Tax ID: 26-4678003
Ohio USA

D2D is a US 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organization


Determined to Develop
PO Box 135
Chilumba, Malawi
Malawi Phone:
+265 (0) 995150023

Reg Number: C916/2016
NGO Board of Malawi:
NGO/1/16/035 MW

D2D is registered with the Council for NGO's

Thank you for supporting D2D & the people of Malawi!

Sponsor a Student Malawi

Missing out on an education prevents a child from reaching his or her full potential. By sponsoring a student through their education, for as little as $50 per month, you can give a young person from Malawi a chance at a better, more prosperous future.

When joining D2D’s Youth Sponsorship Program, you create a personal connection with your sponsored youth. First, you will receive a Welcome Pack, providing you with information on the Malawian education system and your sponsored youth. Following this, you will receive reports of the child’s progress and letters three times a year: at Easter, in August during the summer school break, and at Christmas. You are even able to hold face-to-face Skype calls with your sponsored student during their school holidays, if you wish.

Each sponsor invests in a one-quarter sponsorship. This means that each student is linked with four families. This approach ensures a continuity of sponsorship and acts as a safeguard if a sponsor is unable to continue donating to the program. It also makes sure the sponsored amount is able to cover the full cost of education support for the student, without overburdening any individual donor. Our Youth Sponsorship Program does not simply cover a student’s school fees. All funds are used collectively to cover the true costs associated with making sure all sponsored youth receive everything required to succeed at school. This includes school tuition, uniforms, pencils, shoes, medical expenses, and exam fees. 

As an organization based in the village in which we work, we want to ensure that we care for as many disadvantaged children as possible in a fair and equitable way. We recognize that providing school fees and supplies is not always enough to allow a child to receive an education. Some youth may be orphaned, or from other vulnerable backgrounds whereby they must work to support themselves and their families. To meet the needs of these most vulnerable youths, we run a live-in home through our Residential Youth Program, providing a safe place for students to live and focus on their education. The residential youth are provided with food, clothing, soap, toothbrushes, and everything else required in caring for and raising young people. As such, when sponsoring a student, your donation will also be used to support these residential youths, as well as other youth from the community who are still waiting for sponsors of their own.

The Youth Sponsorship program is complemented by a range of other projects that D2D facilitates. These projects ensure that our sponsored students are not just supported at school, but also receive a non-formal education which increase their leadership skills, self-esteem, teach them about important issues, and encourage positive personal development. This all-encompassing approach encourages students to stay in school by emphasizing the importance of education and addresses the challenges many of them may be facing as youth in Malawi. These non-formal initiatives include weekly Girls Club meetings, annual leadership workshops, and a female empowerment program.

Being based directly in the village where we work, D2D is able to better oversee the academic and personal development of all sponsored youth. We have close links with the local secondary schools, where our sponsored youth learn, including the teachers and school administrators. D2D maintains support to the local education institutions, through infrastructure improvements, supplying of materials, and teachers trainings, to improve the educational standard for the sponsored youth under D2D programming and for all students attending these schools. 

How does it work?

Once you sign up to sponsor a student, you will be linked to a specific child and given the opportunity to communicate with them over Skype, email and letters. Your communication and dedication to a child can provide them with inspiration and motivation to work hard and do well in school. We currently have large numbers of youth seeking assistance with their school tuition.

How much does it cost?

The cost to sponsor a student in is $50USD a month or $600 a year. This money is used to pay for the student’s school tuition fees, learning materials, uniforms, shoes, food and medical expenses.

Why should I choose to sponsor a child through Determined to Develop?

It is a sad fact that, in Malawi and the Chilumba area where D2D operates, many young people will not be able to afford an education. Secondary (high school) fees, and the associated costs such as uniforms, learning materials, and exam fees, are often too much for Malawian families to afford. By sponsoring a child through D2D’s Youth Sponsorship Program, you can give a young person from Malawi a chance at a better, more prosperous future through education. Furthermore, you can rest assured that all money donated will be used responsibly. We personally know every child who enters into our Sponsorship Program, because they are all from our local community, and have been chosen due to their financial situation and dedication to academic success. By working in the community and maintaining relationships with the schools where the students attend, we are able to closely monitor their progress to ensure they are achieving good grades. Recognizing that simply paying for school fees is not always enough to keep young people in school, D2D also manages a residential house for vulnerable youth and our many non-formal education programs, which all aim to support youth and foster academic success.

How long will my sponsorship last?

Your sponsorship can last for as long as you like!

A sponsor may agree to, for example, sponsor a student throughout their secondary school (high school) career. There are four years of secondary school, though it is typical for a student to take six years to complete, depending on the quality of primary education that the student received, and how they score on the national exams. Some sponsors choose to continue sponsoring their student through tertiary education.

As an organization, we are committed to providing continual support to all youth accepted into the Sponsored Youth Program. We recognize that our sponsors cannot always commit to sponsorship for such long periods of time, and it is for this reason that we have chosen the quarter sponsorship model, wherein each youth is paired with four sponsors. This approach ensures a continuity of sponsorship and acts as a safeguard if a sponsor is unable to continue donating to the program.

Can I send gifts to the child that I sponsor?

We discourage sponsors from sending gifts such as textbooks, pens, school uniforms, and other educational materials as the sponsorship covers these materials and are relatively cheap to purchase in Malawi. However, if a sponsor has a special gift they would like to send to their student, this may be arranged through D2D.

Can I sponsor a child as a gift on behalf of another person?

Sure! If you would like to sponsor a child on behalf of somebody else, we simply ask that you provide us with an email address for the gift recipient. We will send you an email receipt for your donation and the gift recipient will receive the Welcome Packet and all subsequent correspondence with the sponsored youth.