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 help them overcome this hurdle and give them a chance at a better, more prosperous future.
When joining D2D’s Youth Sponsorship Program, you create a personal connection with your sponsored child. First, you will receive a Welcome Pack, providing you with information on the Malawian education system, and your new sponsored youth. Following this you will receive reports of your child’s progress and letters from them three times a year: at Easter, August and Christmas. You are even able to hold face-to-face Skype calls with your sponsored student if you wish, during their school holidays.
Each sponsor invests in a one-quarter sponsorship. Therefore 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 our students while not 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 of our youth receive everything required to succeed at school; from school tuition to uniforms and other school supplies. However, we also 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 youth we run a live-in home, providing them with a safe place to live and focus on their education. The program also takes care of the upkeep of our live-in students, which provides these youth 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 be used to support that child throughout school, as well as our other youth, who do not have their own sponsors. 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.
The Youth Sponsorship program is complemented by a range of other projects that D2D facilitates. These projects ensure that our youth are not just supported at school, but also receive a non-formal education to increase their confidence and self-esteem; learn about important and relevant youth issues; and encourage positive personal development. This all-encompassing approach encourages students to stay in school by emphasizing the importance of education and highlighting the challenges that young people in Malawi face; such as early marriage, pregnancy and family obligations, and how to tackle these issues. These challenges are all symptomatic of poverty and common throughout Malawi; particularly in rural areas.
Being based directly in the village where we work, all of our work is carried out collaboratively with the local community. We have close links with the local secondary school, where many of our sponsored youth learn, and we run projects to develop the school and increase the overall standard of education, not only for our youth, but for all students attending the school.