Sponsor a Student
By sponsoring a deprived young person through school and college you will be giving them an opportunity to achieve a better future for themselves and the families that will depend on them.
Your commitment as a sponsor
While attending school or college, the young person you are sponsoring will be depending on you to see him or her through to the end of their education. It is therefore important that, in deciding to become a sponsor, you are reasonably sure that you will be able to commit yourself to the required number of years needed by your sponsee to complete their education.
Although HELP will make every effort to find a substitute sponsor in the event of your having to withdraw from your commitment prematurely, it is obviously not in the best interests of the young person to have to worry whether or not he or she will be able to continue with their studies.
How students are chosen
Since it is obviously impossible to give financial assistance to every young person born into poverty, we select those who not only have the greatest need (e.g. would be unable to continue education without sponsorship), but also have an obvious talent or ambition that would be wasted without the support of HELP.
Although post-secondary education is much more expensive than school education, the sponsorship periods at this level will generally be shorter than for school-age children, so the overall long-term cost to a sponsor should still be affordable.
The task of identifying suitable recipients of assistance is carried out by trusted people, known to the founder over three decades.
The current situation
Forty-six sponsors are currently supporting sixty children.
What you can expect to get in return for your sponsorship
Apart from the satisfaction you will experience from enhancing a needy person's life, you can expect to receive:
- a photograph and an information sheet about your sponsored young person.
- at least two letters a year from the young person.
- updates on the child's progress
How to sponsor a young person
You will need to commit yourself to the annual sum (which can be paid on a monthly basis) and sponsorship period, both of which vary according to the child chosen. Details of new children are entered at the bottom of the list, so we would ask you to select the child at the very top of the list, or the nearest to the top that you can afford. They have been waiting the longest.
- Go to student profiles and select a child from the top of the list.
- Click on the 'sponsor' button and complete the on-line form.
HELP's administration expenses are not met from sponsorship funds, so you can rest assured that all your money will be used to support your child.
If you feel you cannot commit yourself to becoming a sponsor at this stage, you may prefer to consider making a donation.