This is a program whereby an individual or organization assists and mentors an individual child by providing financial and moral support.
Criteria of selection
- Identification of children who need sponsorship by the home
- Writing the profile of the child that includes the background, their vision, hobbies, education and any other information the sponsor may need.
- Potential sponsor chooses a child they would want to sponsor
- The child’s profile and a picture sent to the sponsor and the sponsor fills the form
- The sponsored child writes a welcome letter to the sponsor and communication is initiated
- Correspondence with the sponsor and the child is maintained
Mission with sponsored members
Poverty perspective; the need to sponsor a child is to eradicate poverty of a child through removing obstacles that are on the way. This starts from spiritual and material poverty. Good health, good education and good self-concept create choices of a person. This choice will lead to freedom. The aim is to empower and change a life.
Positive alternative; Sponsorship maximizes opportunities to provide alternatives for the sponsored child. It helps them to get basic needs, education, mentorship and general assistance.
Co-responsibility: Sponsorship assists the home to carry the burden of the children. The sponsor and the home will work together to assist the child become molded to become responsible and independent adult in future.
Direct Benefits; sponsorship shall provide maximum amount of direct benefit to sponsored child. Other benefits may be shared with non-sponsored members of MSRC. Items that can be shared include foodstuff and others that are generally given.
Participation; sponsored members will participate in various activities in order to continue being in the program. This will include all activities organization by the home or by an individual sponsor. The age of the child, child’s health and physical wellbeing, government regulations and other factors may affect the child’s participation but this will be communicated to the sponsor whenever necessary.
Going home with your sponsored child; the home is bound by operating guidelines which do not allow children to be away from home. Such arrangements can however be organized by the home but an appointment staff will accompany the child to the sponsors’ home.
Go out with your sponsored child; Outings to amusement parks and other fun places for the child you sponsor is allowed but again an appointed member of staff must accompany the child as enshrined in our operating guidelines and the government regulations.
Sponsored member retirement: Shall be due to;
- Sponsor expresses inability to continue with the sponsorship
Child has graduated from college
- Child has started working and is living independently as a young adult
- Child has been adopted
- Child has moved out of the area where they cannot be traced or get their benefits or correspondence
- Becomes uncontrollably out of behavior
- Passes on
Mission with sponsors
Assurance of a healthy relationship; the sponsor-child relationship shall be monitored by mogra and the coordinating office locally or abroad
Communication to sponsors from sponsored members; all correspondence shall be channeled through Mogra. No direct sponsor-child communication will be permitted. This is to protect both parties especially preventing the sponsor from excessive demands from the child or misinformation.
Relationship between Sponsors and project Staff; All project staff shall observe code of conduct concerning their behavior or communication with sponsors.
Communication between sponsors and staff/volunteers: No staff is allowed to directly communicate with sponsors except a designated staff member. Any other information will be through the coordinating offices and personnel. However the sponsor may be allowed to talk face to face with the staff that takes care of the child on request to know the progress of the child.
Reporting of inappropriate Behavior; any inappropriate behavior should immediately be reported to our offices for action and direction.
Communication between the sponsored and sponsor
It will be through letter writing that will be conducted by MSRC designated staff. The letters can be in form,
- Welcome letters for newly sponsored
- Reply letters where a child replies a letter sent by the sponsor
- Regular letters which the home may send to the sponsor regularly e.g. twice a year etc
- Christmas letters
NB: Mode of communication may be reviewed by the management