Finding people who are interested in sponsoring children is a difficult task because there are not so many sponsors, compared to the number in need of sponsorship; and paying a significant amount of money regularly for a long time is a very big commitment. Some children even need sponsorship for the rest of their lives, which can be an even lengthier period.
Sponsoring Children at Watoto Kicheko
Recently at Watoto Kicheko, we celebrated the news that our first two children will be sponsored to go to school, all the way up to the end of secondary school. Sending children to a good school here is very expensive. Sadly, state run schools are short of well trained teachers, supplies and anything else needed to give children a good education. This is why there is so much demand for people willing to consider sponsoring children.
Sponsoring Children and Social Media
In addition to our website and blog, Watoto Kicheko has a very active Facebook account, a Twitter account and a few other social media accounts. We could never have too many followers, supporters, people who share and even contribute to our posts and other social media content. We need as many ‘likes’, ‘shares’ and other tokens of support as we can get!
We love it when people tell their friends about our work and, more importantly, our needs. Sometimes we get donations and offers of support from people who have heard about Watoto Kicheko quite indirectly, through friends and acquaintances. This is great and it makes networking and other online work worthwhile.
There is a lot of goodwill around, and we are as thankful for the goodwill as we are for the donations and sponsorships. Sometimes goodwill even becomes more tangible, when someone decides to go a step further; they may start by praising our work, sending messages of support and commenting on pictures and posts online. But then they send money, gifts in kind, or they decide that sponsoring children is also something they could do.
We thank those who have contributed in any way, no matter how small. But most of all, we thank those who have enabled us to go further, to pay hospital bills that a child’s family would never have been able to afford, to fund an education that a child would never have received without help, to support a family so their child can be raised at home, in their community, or in any other way.
Poverty Gives Rise to Practical Needs
Poverty gives rise to very practical needs; everyone (almost) loves their children, but only some can afford to provide them with all that they require, particularly when they have special needs, chronic illness, disability or other problems. It is those needs that leads to organizations such as Watoto Kicheko looking for people who would consider sponsoring children.
Most of the schools (and many of the hospitals) here in Tanzania are ‘denominational’ or ‘faith-based’, they are Anglican, Catholic, Muslim, Pentecostal, or whatever (which is not to say that they all exclude followers of other religions, of course). But they may frequently have strong requirements relating to a child’s beliefs, and/or those of the child’s parents. However, none of them that I am aware of accept prayers as payment for fees! Donations and sponsorships save lives; it’s hard to think of anything more practical than that.