Child Sponsorship supports children in rural communities who have no other source of funds to pay the prohibitive high school fees. The Child Sponsorship Program is the only option for many of these children to continue going to school and achieve their dream of being educated. The majority of sponsored children are girls due to their increased vulnerability to poverty and HIV/AIDS.
The Child Sponsorship Program is a combination of financial support for formal education and psychosocial support to help children grow up. Funding school fees demonstrates to each child that someone knows who they are, believes in them and will support them so they are no longer alone. Students are accountable to Help Lesotho to work hard, and they are also able to access greater support when challenges arise.
Help Lesotho’s Child Sponsorship Program matches sponsors with students who are unable to pursue their high school education. Sponsors are encouraged to commit to sponsorship for the duration of their sponsored child’s high school education (5-6 years).
Your sponsorship provides:
- School fees for high school (Form A – Form E [ Grade 8 – Grade 12]);
- A new school uniform every two years (uniforms are mandatory);
- New shoes every two years;
- Exam fees for the national exams in Form C and Form E;
- Textbooks and Stationary;
- Toiletry kits (male/female kits twice a year);
- Regular school visits from Help Lesotho staff to discuss academic goals and performance; and
- Psychosocial support sessions at their school with Help Lesotho’s Child Support Officer.
Thank you for choosing to Sponsor a Child!
The Help Lesotho office will be in touch with you shortly to match you to a vulnerable student in Lesotho who relies on your support to complete their 5-year high school education.
The value of leadership camp: leadership annual camp is an exciting 6-day camp for sponsored children, students from twinned schools, and teachers. Sponsors can send their sponsored child to camp for an additional$80 ($7/month) – which covers their transportation to camp, accommodation, meals, and all activities. Children love camp as it is a rare opportunity to have fun and enjoy educational workshops, games, crafts, competitions and lots of food!
How often will I hear from my sponsored child?
Sponsored children are expected to write at least two letters a year to their sponsors – one in the spring and one in the fall. These letters will be forwarded to you through Help Lesotho’s Ottawa office. Each fall, you will receive an annual update that includes a copy of your sponsored child’s questionnaire, a photo, and a letter. Sponsors who pay to send their child to Leadership Camp will also receive a postcard from Camp.
How can I communication with my sponsored child?
Sponsors are encouraged to write letters to their sponsored children. Letters can be sent to Help Lesotho’s Canadian Office to be transported to Lesotho with staff/volunteers, or directly to Help Lesotho’s Lesotho Office. Please indicate the name and school of your sponsored child on the envelope.