Sponsorship Programs

Children in urgent need of sponsors (Link)

Living Positive Kenya acts as a major supporting element in the lives of our HIV positive women and children in the Ngong community. As an active, wholesome organization, we try to understand the needs of our targeted community and find a way to serve them.

One of the most vital issues our organization tries to confront head-on is the slum-to-slum cycle. This cycle tells the story of many people living in the slums, where a child grows up in a family that has insufficient funds to send them to boarding school, or send them to school at all and that child then remains in the slum, exposed to the dangers of drugs, unprotected sex, and prostitution at a very young age. This child grows up with the slum-living way of life as the only way they know and they end up remaining there for the rest of their lives.

Education is the simple solution to breaking this slum-to-slum cycle, most of us may view as a human right. But, as school fees and other expenses add up, this financial burden on a family of 5 becomes an obstacle that our women cannot overcome alone.

The objective of LPK’s Child Sponsorship Program is to assist these vulnerable children of our HIV/AIDS infected Living Positive mothers, making it possible for them to go to school through the monetary support of our highly supportive sponsors.

In this program, Living Positive Kenya matches children with sponsors who are willing to support a child’s education and/or other basic needs like food, transportation and medical expenses.

Sponsorship Choices

In order to create more ways in which a person may be able to support this program, LPK has developed two ways in which one may become a sponsor in the Child Sponsorship Program:

  • Become a Child Sponsor (CS)
  • Become a Child Program Sponsor (CPS)

Child Sponsor (CS)

Brian Mucheru

A Child Sponsor sponsors a particular child, through high school. The Child Sponsor is given the opportunity to choose a child from our extensive profile database of unsponsored, needy children. A Child Sponsor is able to build a relationship with the child they sponsor, including annual updates through pictures, school reports, and hand-written letters from your child.

For a child to know that there is someone in particular that cares so much about their future, that this someone is giving them the opportunity to go to school, gives them a sense of hope and an entirely new level of optimism.

Becoming a Child Sponsor is one of the most rewarding experiences Living Positive Kenya has to offer, however, it requires a great deal of commitment. Sponsoring a child cannot be taken lightly, as you have chosen to support this child through high school. The child sponsor contract stresses the importance of your commitment to your child. As a child sponsor, you are committing to providing the necessary expenditure for a child’s education, in either public, private, or boarding school.

Currently we have over 80 children sponsored through our Child Sponsor Program, yet, we have over 230 children who are still in need of sponsorship.

Kenya’s School System

 

Jane Mumbi, Urgent Need

A Kenyan school year is split into three terms, January to May, May to August, and August to December.

A child’s typical schooling begins with daycare. Our Living Positive Daycare classes consist of a nursery, a baby class, and a pre-unit (kindergarten) class which cater to children ages 2-5 years old. There is also a regular daycare, but there is no classroom curriculum, their focus is solely on daily childcare. Within the Daycare classes, there is a standard curriculum where the children learn items appropriate for their age group. All items are taught in both English and Kiswahili at the daycare by our certified teachers. One balanced meal a day is also provided.

Following pre-unit, children move onto primary school which contains classes 1 through 8. A child starting class 1 is between the ages of 6 and 7. A child exiting class 8 should be aged 13-14 years.

After primary school comes secondary school which consists of Form 1 to Form 4 (similar to grades 9 through 12).

Following secondary school, is graduation and hopefully a continuance of education at the University level. Currently we have a couple young adults being sponsored to attend college or the university through this sponsorship program.

Payment Breakdown

Nancy Wanjiku, Urgent Need

There are three options that a sponsor has when sending a child to school. They can choose to send the child to a local public school, a private day school, or a boarding school. Obviously, as quality in the education and living situation increases, as does the amount spent on school fees.

Our program stresses the importance of sending a child to boarding school. We feel that if the child remains in the slum during their school years, they are still highly at risk. Young women have a high chance of getting raped and/or becoming pregnant in their neighborhoods and young men often become involved in alcohol and drugs while living in the slum. The boarding school is a much better option, as it places a lot of emphasis on the importance of education, provides 3 balanced meals a day (in comparison to one), and also gives them a safe, stable place to live.

If you want more information about boarding schools, please take a look at this.

However, some of our children are HIV+ and can become very sick due to their weakened immune system, so the children must attend schools nearer to home in order to receive medication and also in case of emergency.

We also understand that boarding school fees may not be affordable for some of our sponsors who are highly interested in becoming a part of our program. And we believe that a child in school is better than a child out of school. We do not want to limit the amount of opportunities for our children to become sponsored, so we leave the public school and private day school options open for you to choose.

Below you will find a table containing the amount needed to sponsor a child in boarding school and a local, public school. The private day school is not included within the table because the system of school fees varies between different private schools. The amount needed to send a child to a private day school, however, will fall between the boarding school and public, local school costs.

BUDGET PER YEAR

Items of Cost Boarding School Local School (including LPK Daycare)
School Fees 45,000 Ksh Annually 13,800 Ksh Annually
Stationary 2,000 Ksh* 2,000 Ksh*
Uniform 3,000 Ksh* 3,000 Ksh*
Total 50,000 Ksh 18,800 Ksh

School fees include: food, medical expenses, and administration fees. (Room and Board is also included for Boarding school)

(*to be paid only the first time the child goes to boarding school, afterwards is optional)

Payment Schedule

Byron Kidiga and little brother, Dennis Maranga

Because a school year in Kenya is divided into three terms: January to May, May to August, and August to December, payment for your child’s school fees may be done annually, biannually, or three times a year.

For annual payment, all dues are to be paid by December prior to the new year. The school year will begin the following January.

If you plan on paying biannually, the dues are to be split equally and paid in December and August.

For paying three times a year, the dues are to be split equally and paid in December, May, and August.

Keep in mind, if you begin sponsoring a child mid-year and would like to start sponsoring immediately, the remainder of the school year’s school fees balance should be your first payment.

If you would prefer, paying for multiple school years at a time is also allowed.

Payment Procedure

Jane Wambui

Currently, we are having our sponsors wire transferring money through Western Union. Another option is to directly transfer money from your bank account to ours. We advise our participants to wire transfer the money through Western Union because we have had individual banks take high commissions from the transfer, and the money you send arrives less than what is required.

It is very important that you check the current conversion rate from your currency to the Kenyan Shilling before sending the money. It is much easier to specify the amount you are transferring in Kenyan Shillings than in your currency, this way the amount of KSh required will be the amount of KSh received by us.

Once you have specified how many times a year you would like to make a payment, we will put you on a scheduled reminder arrangement, where the month prior to your payment date you will receive an email reminding you.

Important: Once you have sent the school fees, it is required that you email us at livingpositivekenya@gmail.com, notifying us of:

Payment Amount

Terms the payment covers

Child’s name (to increase efficiency in processing payment)

Becoming a Child Sponsor

If you are considering becoming a Child Sponsor, take some time to look through our profiles of unsponsored children. You may find a child that really draws your attention and inspires you to support them.

We have some extraordinary children who are candidates for sponsorship. Many, despite their living situation, work hard in school and are proficient in English. The majority of our children have big dreams such as becoming an account, a commander in the Navy, or a doctor. Their hardships at home have planted a seed within them to strive for change for the future. Each day, they are surrounded by poverty, hunger, sickness, and death and they express a certain determination when speaking of the change they want for their community and others like them. And you, as a sponsor, will allow them to develop their already determined state of mind with knowledge and a sense of security in school.

In order to become a Child Sponsor, first you must contact the Living Positive Kenya organization at livingpositivekenya@gmail.com with your interest in becoming a sponsor of a child in the Child Sponsor Program.

Within the email, please include:

“Potential Child Sponsor” as the subject of the email

Attached Resume/CV

A brief statement about yourself (maximum 150 words)

An explanation of your interest in becoming a Child Sponsor (maximum 200 words)

The child’s name that you would like to sponsor

Keep in mind, that if all of our unsponsored children seem just as inspiring as the next, you can ask the organization to pair you with one of the children who are on the “Urgent List,” the children most at risk and in urgent need for a sponsor. We would be able to match you up with a child who is either currently living in a house with a very sickly mother, an abuser, or a child who was forced to drop out due to situations at home.

The age of the child you choose is also important. If you are unable to commit yourself to a young child who still has primary and secondary school to attend, please choose an older child with less years left in school.

If, at any time, you decide to discontinue your sponsorship, you will be held responsible for finding another person to sponsor the child. In the event that this does happen, Living Positive Kenya will do everything it can to assist you in finding a new sponsor for your child.

If you have any questions regarding becoming a Child Sponsor (CS), please contact us livingpositivekenya@gmail.com.

Child Program Sponsor (CPS)

For those of you who are interested in supporting our Child Sponsor Program but don’t think you can commit to the responsibilities that come with being a CS, we have developed a sponsor program for you.

Becoming a Child Program Sponsor (CPS) means you will provide a monthly sponsorship, minimum of 1600 Ksh ($20.00 USD), which will go specifically to Living Positive’s Child Sponsor Program.

The Need for CPS

Sometimes extra support money is needed for a child who is already sponsored.

With occasional increases in school fees at public and private schools, some sponsors are unable to increase their annual amount to cover the entire balance for that child’s education. It is then our responsibility to find the money needed to keep that particular child in school.

In other cases, school shopping for our mothers prior to their child attending school becomes another daunting, financial burden. In the event that a mother is unable to afford additional school supplies (those not already paid for by the 5,000 Ksh fee), the money coming from the Child Program Sponsors will be used to assist the mother financially.

Transportation to and from boarding school is also an extra cost that is not covered by a Child Sponsor. With some of the boarding schools being 8 hours away from Ngong town, you can imagine how paying for transportation is difficult for our mothers. The money from our Child Program Sponsors will be available for women in need of transportation assistance.

Because this sponsor program is new, we are aiming low for what this program could provide our families with. But, after some years, we expect this program to grow and begin to be able to support entire school fees for some of our unsponsored children.

Payment Schedule

A child program sponsor is expected to pay monthly, a minimum of 1,600 Ksh a month.

The first of the month is when LPK would like to receive any sponsorship amount from our Child Program Sponsor program.

Over time, if needed, you can increase or decrease (to minimum of 1,600 Ksh) the amount you are able to pay by sending us an email with your request for monthly sponsorship adjustment.

Payment Procedure

Currently, we are having our sponsors wire transferring money through Western Union. Another option is to directly transfer money from your bank account to ours. We advise our participants to wire transfer the money through Western Union because we have had individual banks take high commissions from the transfer, and the money you send arrives less than what is required.

It is very important that you check the current conversion rate from your currency to the Kenyan Shilling before sending the money. It is much easier to specify the amount you are transferring in Kenyan Shillings than in your currency, this way the amount of KSh required will be the amount of KSh received by us.

Once you have specified the amount you would like to provide, we will put you on a scheduled reminder arrangement, where, at the end of every month, you will receive an email reminding you.

Important: Once you have sent the sponsorship amount, it is required that you email us at livingpositivekenya@gmail.com, notifying us of:

Payment Amount

Becoming a Child Program Sponsor

If you are considering becoming a Child Program Sponsor, take some time to look through our profiles of unsponsored children. This will give you an idea and provide you with faces of the children your money will be supporting.

In order to become a Child Program Sponsor, first you must contact the Living Positive Kenya organization at livingpositivekenya@gmail.com with your interest in becoming a sponsor of the Child Sponsor Program.

Within the email, please include:

“Potential Child Program Sponsor” as the subject of the email

Attached Resume/CV

A brief statement about yourself (maximum 150 words)

An explanation of your interest in becoming a Child Program Sponsor (maximum 200 words)

The amount you would like to pay

If you have any questions regarding becoming a Child Program Sponsor (CPS), please contact us livingpositivekenya@gmail.com.

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