Child Sponsorship Frequently Asked Questions
+ Why does child sponsorship matter?
Child sponsorship costs between $500 and $800 per year while over 40% of Kenyans live on less than $1.25 per day. For children from these low-income families, going to high school is not an option. This means that children from low-income families will not be able to get the jobs they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Therefore, they cycle of poverty continues.
Child sponsorship is a life changing opportunity for these kids as it gives them the education and opportunities they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
+ How do you select children that are available for sponsorship?
Children that apply for sponsorship through the Harambee Foundation must meet two criteria. Applicants must meet a need and merit criteria.The need criteria is determined by our board of directors who live in the village in Kenya. Applicants who are orphans are chosen first, lost one parent are second, live in extreme poverty are third, and those who have lots of children and will therefore have a hard time paying for all of the children going to high school are chosen fourth. Then all other applicants are accepted. Our board in Kenya is comprised of a parent of a current sponsored child, a local pastor, the village elder, and a teacher at a local school.
The merit criteria is based on the children’s standardized test scores that they take at the end of 8th grade. We use the combination of these two criteria to select children for sponsorship.
+ How long can I sign up to sponsor a child?
You may sign up to sponsor a child for 6 months, 1 year or for all 4 years that they are in high school. If you sign up to sponsor a child for a short period, you will have an opportunity to sponsor the same child again.
+ How much does child sponsorship cost?
It costs $55 per month or $660 per year.
+ What costs get covered by the $55?
The $55 per month covers your child’s tuition at a boarding school. At the boarding school your child will receive all of his or her food, clothing (uniforms), and a room to stay in. The cost of $55 per month also helps us cover the costs of sending letters to your kids, letters from your kids, and administrative fees such as wire fees.
+ How did you arrive at a cost of $55 per month?
The cost of tuition varies from $500 to $800 per year. $660 or $55 per month is an average of the cost of tuition plus small administrative fees.
+ How can I pay my sponsorship fees?
We offer several choices in paying for your child sponsorship fees
Donate online at www.pulltogetherforkenya.org
Send a check made out to “the Harambee Foundation” to
Luke Dakin 6515 E Union Ave Apt 418 Denver, CO, 80237
+ What happens once I send my sponsorship fee?
Our children’s tuition is due 3 times a year in January, April and September. The largest payment is due in January, the second largest is in April, and then a small payment is due in September. As you can imagine, this can at times create a cash flow situation for us. If a sponsor begins sponsoring a child in December and pays $55 in December and $55 in January before we make our first payment for that child in January then we will have accumulated $110 for that child’s education. However, we may owe $400 in January to send that child to school. To cover this difference, we first draw from our child sponsorship fund as a whole. We then draw from our general fund.
+ Where can I choose a child to sponsor?
+ Can you communicate with sponsored children?
Yes, when the children come home for breaks between trimesters you will be able to write letters to your sponsored children and they will be able to write letters back to you.