Want to change the world? You can start with just one life. Stepping up as a sponsor could be your chance to make a heartfelt and genuine difference in the world.
Choosing to sponsor a child’s education, and general well-being, especially a child you have never met, can seem like a daunting prospect though. Whether the cost seems too high, you are uncertain if you will be really making a difference, or you are just skeptical of the whole concept, before vetoing the idea, consider the many convincing reasons why child sponsorship is of vital importance in developing communities.
1. Sponsoring a child is an effective way to contribute your help to individuals and communities in need, without ever leaving home.
If you feel the strong desire to make a difference in the world, but lack the time or means to travel and work as a volunteer, child sponsorship is the ideal solution. You can still make a big difference in developing communities.
2. You will be helping not only the child you are sponsoring, but by extension their family.
Child sponsorship is not an isolated project, focused on individuals, but an integral part of multi-faceted work aiming to achieve better welfare services in the community. Bishop Adelakun Foundation (BAF) prides itself on being able to provide many benefits not only for sponsored children, but for their families. Your generosity will have a ripple-on effect that will touch more lives than you realize.
3. Sponsored children have better chance of finishing their education.
Many children are forced to drop out of school early, as their parents are unable to afford ongoing school fees, or they are required to work to supplement the family’s income. Sponsored children are given the opportunity to complete their schooling. Education is crucial to combating poverty, and ensuring that these children receive a good education is a sustainable and long term approach to building a better future. Better education means more opportunities, a new generation of leaders, and the chance to break free from the cycle of poverty.
By sponsoring one child, and helping provide education, you are helping communities as a whole develop.
4. When you sponsor a child, you can put a face and a name to the fight against poverty.
Rather than simply donating a sum to an organization, you have the opportunity to be personally connected with the cause, which will change your entire perspective. Almost everyone knows there are millions of people suffering in poverty; but the figures are so vast they are scarcely comprehensible. Being connected to one child makes it more real: you will see that these are real people living real lives.
Sponsors are given regular updates, and they can also receive correspondence from the student themselves. Your resolve to make a difference will be strengthened even as you commit to sponsoring a child. Sponsor testimonials also confirm that being able to witness a poverty-stricken child flourish under sponsorship is a gratifying reward for sponsors’ selfless generosity.
5. You will be able to see exactly where your money is going.
Sponsoring a child is an altogether different form or philanthropy than just sending money into a void. Making any kind of donation from afar can seem risky, as often you have no assurance of how the money you donate to a charity will be distributed. Sponsoring a child carries with it a certain transparency. By creating a connection with the fact that you see hundreds of student education being funded by your kind sponsor and following their progress through updates provided by BAF, you will be able to see the real and tangible differences that your money can make.
6. It is an affordable way to make a substantial difference.
Sponsoring a child is perhaps the best way to see that small sums of money can have huge impacts. For just One Thousand Naira Only (NGN1,000) a year you can change a child’s life. Making just a few small sacrifices in your own life can make a world of difference in someone else’s. .