So what specifically happens with your money when you become a Life Sponsor?
Here is a list of just some of the things the child, family, and community receive from your sponsorship:
All the family’s basic needs are met. They receive staple foods like pasta, teff (a local grain and super-food), cooking oil, and rice, as well as fresh vegetables and other nutritious foods. They are given hygiene supplies including soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products for the women of the family so they can attend school or work. They also receive clothing, and any other basics they lack.
The family is given regular checkups, and treatment for any current or chronic illness. They are also given preventative care, like access to vaccination programs, and items necessary to stop the spread of HIV. They receive public healthcare training, learning about how disease spreads, how to prevent disease, and how to give their children and themselves proper nutrition so they can grow up strong and healthy.
The child receives quality education, with minimized class sizes and up to date resources. If they cannot be enrolled in BCI Academy, they are enrolled in local private schools. They also receive personal tutors to help them succeed in their studies, and are kept in the sponsorship program through their University years so that they can make the cost of living as they attend their classes and get their degree. All their books, supplies, and uniforms are provided for them with their sponsorship money.
Every Life Sponsored family receives clean, safe, treated water, both for drinking and other daily uses. The community also receives access to clean water facilities as Blessing the Children provides them, including new biosand filtering units, which we hope to one day put in every home. If you’d like to learn more about our clean water project, or donate towards biosand filter units, please see our Clean Water page or Contact Us.
INCOME FOR LIFE
Parents and Caregivers are enrolled in our Income for Life program, giving them vocational training, business management training, as well as micro-financing and small business loans to get their new home businesses off the ground. We take the time to hear each of their interests and dreams, discover their specific skill sets and talents, and help them begin in the business of their choice, helping them to gain a sustainable income in the hope that one day they will be able to care for their own family’s needs.
Each family is assigned a social worker, who becomes an advocate for the family. They re-evaluate the family’s needs during their regular visits, and inform the Ethiopian management team of any changes that should be made to the allocation of their sponsorship money. The social workers also tell the family the gospel, and provide spiritual support as well as connect them to local churches. Counseling services are offered to each family, and if there are members who have special needs they are connected with local services to meet them. Every month activity days are planned for the children, where they do crafts, go on small field trips, and play games together with the staff, churches, and social workers.