DerksI am a boy born on 29 May 2009 and I live in Sri Lanka
Derks is a boy in primary school. He attends a school away from village school and goes by walking a distance of 1 ½ kilometer daily. He is a healthy and active boy. He has an elder brother and an elder sister in the family and lives with his parents in a remote village in Sri Lanka. He likes to play cricket and study Tamil. They live in a house made with bricks, cement and tiles. They share water from a common own well and have their own sanitary facilities. His father is a day laborer in the area and mother is a home maker. The income of the family is limited to a maximum of US$ 500 per annum. The dire state of the family with young children leaves them in a helpless situation. This family is in need of extra help to face their day to day life. Therefore your valuable sponsorship is a much looked forward event in their life. With your guidance and support, Derks will be able to receive a good education and look forward to a better and secure future to excel in life someday.
Your child sponsorship in action
Being a child sponsor is such a rewarding experience.
ChildFund sponsor Jessie shares her sponsorship journey in this video - she tells us why she chose to sponsor, the difference it’s made for their sponsored child and what it has meant for her family.
As a sponsor you get:
- * Annual progress reports and photos of your child, and updates about their community
- * Personalised birthday and Christmas cards to send your sponsored child
- * A magnetic photo frame - give your sponsored child’s photo pride of place on the fridge!
- * A chance to share letters and even visit.
CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROVIDES CHILDREN WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE START IN LIFE, AND A FUTURE OF OPPORTUNITIES.
WHAT OTHER KIWI SPONSORS ARE SAYING
Sponsoring the girls has been a totally rewarding experience so far, and now that we’ve all met, I know our relationship will be at a whole new level. If I am talking with others about sponsoring a child, my message is simple: do it.
Rachel Perrett and family on meeting sponsored child Lillian.
I think it’s easy to be cynical; you read stories about how much money doesn’t make it where it’s really needed, or you wonder how much help you, as just one person, can really be. Visiting Le has really cemented for us that child sponsorship does work. We’re proud that we’re helping Le’s community to help themselves, and we’re proud that we’ve shown our children the importance of caring about and helping others.
Angela and Warwick Hill-Rennie and family on meeting sponsored child Le.
How your sponsorship helps
For just $52 a month*, your Child Sponsorship will not only help one child, but a whole community break free from poverty.
ChildFund works directly with community leaders, the parents and families of sponsored children. We believe they understand their own children’s needs best - directing your help to where it’s needed most and will give the greatest benefit.
* If you'd like to pay at a different interval than monthly, simply contact us on 0800 808 822, and we can set up payments to fit your schedule.
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Proper nutrition is the key to a good start for every child. From special high energy porridge at school, to teaching parents how to grow and cook vegetables. Families may receive seeds and tools, or an animal to raise for nutritious foods like milk and eggs.
Without clean water and proper sanitation, children will always be at risk. Wells, bores, pipes and hand-pumps are vital in any community. And then there are hygienic pit toilets and training in hygiene practices for good health.
Education means opportunity, and children who miss out are much more likely to remain trapped in poverty. By sponsoring a child you can provide children with books, pencils, textbooks, school blackboards and desks, and even training for teachers.
Simple illnesses, like diarrhoea, can put a child’s life at risk. A combination of health checks, local nurses, immunisation programmes and teaching families the warning signs of disease means children are safer.
Children are a key part of a community, and development that makes a community strong helps make its children strong too. Things like leadership, community buildings, roads to market, training in new skills to earn more money and budgeting are all important.
See the difference you are making
ChildFund works toward one simple outcome: leaving families in a situation where they are independent and self-reliant.
Implementing a plan like this relies on strong relationships with families and communities. So ChildFund New Zealand has formed special relationships with just five main ‘partner’ countries. You can sponsor a child in any of these five countries. They are Kenya, Zambia, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Steps to sponsorship
Search & select a child
Enter your details and choose your donation plan
We send a welcome pack + your donation helps where it is most needed
You receive annual progress reports and photos of your child
Sponsor A Child Today!
Life is a daily struggle for many children living in extreme poverty. You can ease the struggles of one child through sponsorship.
But not just one child. By sponsoring you'll help some of the poorest children in the world. You will help give children access to clean water, good nutrition, an education and more.
Your regular gift will help your sponsored child and family grow strong and resilient.
Your contribution as a child sponsor can change the lives of entire communities. Sponsorship enables ChildFund to partner with communities to help families break free from poverty.
ChildFund works with children at every stage of their lives from pre-birth to young adult. Babies and under-fives need quality nutrition and healthcare to ensure they develop well mentally and physically. Children aged 5 to 14 years need a quality education and the opportunity to learn and play. Youth need life skills, confidence and have opportunities to become happy and productive citizens.
Every parent wants a better life for their children. With your support ChildFund helps parents, teachers and communities build safe environments for children to grow and learn.
Sponsorship isn’t a handout, it’s a hand up. ChildFund works to build strong sustainable communities so that in time they no longer need our help. Sponsorship provides for the essential needs of children and along with our other programmes is part of a wider effort to help communities lift themselves out of poverty.