Your sponsorship enables a child to grow up in an SOS family, receive the best possible education and become a responsible adult. Your support provides physical, material and more importantly emotional well-being of a child.
One in seven Australian children and young people are growing up in poverty1, where even the bare necessities are hard to come by. In a family where there is no regular income, money goes on food, rent and bills. Finding money for a school uniform, proper shoes, textbooks or the next school excursion is often impossible.
When Kayla was just four years old her mum and dad were killed in a car accident. Her world turned upside down overnight. Thankfully, Kayla and her older sister had somewhere to go – their aunt and uncle, Ruth and Ray, took them in. But with three children of their own, money became impossibly tight.
Through no fault of their own, these disadvantaged children are struggling at school because they don’t have what they need to fit in, catch up or keep up with their peers.
From day one, through no one’s fault, Kayla was standing out at school and falling behind in her learning. Her classmates wore new uniforms and shoes; Kayla wore her cousin’s hand-me-downs and carried her school books in a plastic bag. Kayla’s bubbly, curious personality became increasingly hidden as she realised she couldn’t keep up at school.
It was devastating for Ruth and Ray to see - but they were struggling, too. Ray, a cabbie, worked overtime most days. Ruth picked up work wherever she could, as well as caring for five children. Still, it wasn’t enough for things like new uniforms and shoes that fit, a school bag and excursions. There weren’t enough hours in the day to help the little ones learn their alphabet and practice reading.
For $48 per month you can make a lasting difference to the life of one of these children.
Because it takes a big caring family to raise a child, each student is paired with two sponsors. This ensures your sponsored child receives life-changing, comprehensive support as long as they are at school, and enables them to acquire the skills they will need to create a better future.
Together, we can give some of Australia's most vulnerable children the support they urgently need.
Research shows that our three-pillar sponsorship approach improves educational outcomes for disadvantaged children.
Through sponsorship a child is provided the necessary financial support for vital school essentials that will help them fit in with their peers and build their confidence at school. Each sponsored child also receives guidance and support from one of our Learning for Life Coordinators who works with the child and family. Plus, sponsorship ensures access to extra educational support programs and mentoring that allows them to make the most of their education.
Financial support to pay for school essentials like a school uniform, shoes, textbooks and excursions.
Guidance and support from a Learning for Life Coordinator who works with the family and understands the specific needs of a child.
Access to out-of-school educational opportunities. These can include The Smith family’s learning and mentoring programs.
A welcome kit containing all the information you'll need about your sponsorship and the impact of your donation.
A student profile completed by your student to share information about their interests and favourite subjects.
Regular supporter newsletters with stories from students and families involved in our programs across Australia.
Opportunity to write to your student and on their birthday you can send them a card.
A tax-deductible receipt issued annually for your sponsorship donations
Write to your sponsored students or view your giving history via our secure online portal