SPONSOR A CHILD PROJECT

SPONSOR A CHILD PROJECT

Child sponsorship project is a project initiated by Centre for adolescent reproductive foundation Uganda to curve down the level of children going in street in norther part of Uganda after dropping out of school due to poverty and inability to facilitate the school dues by their caretakers.

Most of these children are discovered from the street others are orphan and from totally poor family, the project always picks these children from the age of 3 and groom them through provision of better education, parental guide, survival skills and all that needed for a promising child in the community.

We approach things differently, focusing on initiating change from the outside in. Forming long-term partnerships with everyone who impacts a child’s life, whether it be members of their family, community, nation, the wider world, or generous sponsors like you.

 

We also transform a child’s world using an inside-out approach—empowering children at the grassroots level to be active participants and change makers in their own lives. This unique two-pronged approach has been proven to have an effective and long-lasting impact on vulnerable children, whether or not they are directly sponsored.

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Do you wish to see an entire underprivileged community gradually come out of the wrath of poverty?

Just make a wish, and CEFARH is here to make your noble wish come true.

With only
UGx 140,000 / USD 38 / EURO 35
Per month

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Ways our child sponsorship programs protect children from violence

Violence takes many forms. Conflict and war. Exploitation. Negligence and abuse. Some of it is played out in world news headlines, but some of it happens in secret, behind closed doors. But every year, 1.7 billion are affected by violence.

Take a moment to think about that. If every one of those 1.7 billion children laid a piece of paper on a pile, it would stand 100 kilometers high. That’s the height of 11 Mount Everest stacked on top of each other.

Here are ways child sponsorship works to protect children from violence.

1. Knowing and being known

Being sponsored means a child is seen – by their sponsor, by CEFARH staff and our community volunteers, by our networks of local community leaders and partners, and by their government. That means that every one of the 213 children in the child sponsorship programme has an alliance of people committed to caring for and looking out for them. Child sponsorship staff and volunteers know each child’s personal situation and are proactively working to keep them safe.

There hasn’t been a day that our work to protect children has stopped, even when COVID-19 restrictions have prevented our staff from visiting the communities we work with.

We’ve used our locally-based volunteers as well as mobile phones, WhatsApp, social media and any other locally available technology to continue monitoring children’s health and well-being and respond to their needs, whether that’s COVID-19 prevention information, resources to enable them to continue learning from home, online counselling or psychosocial support, medical care, or intervention from local police especially for those one affected by war.

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We also help children’s families to register their birth – a simple thing that makes them less vulnerable to exploitation or abuse. Birth certificates – something many of us take for granted – are critical to making kids visible to their government and providing an important layer of protection as we also fight against child marriage in the community.

Without a birth certificate, a child might not be able to enroll for school, access public healthcare, prove they are too young to marry, or be tracked down if they are separated from their family. Birth registration is a key to lots of basic opportunities for a child, and child sponsorship helps makes sure they can open those doors.

2. Empowering children

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Children themselves are at the core of our approach to child protection. Children have rights – to safety, health, education and freedom from abuse, among others. When they understand those rights, children are less vulnerable to exploitation.

But more than that, when children are empowered to enjoy their rights, they can become a powerful force for change. When children and young people learn to communicate opinions, take responsibility and make decisions, they develop a sense of belonging, justice, responsibility and solidarity – all of which can be pivotal to ending violence in their generation, and the next.

  • In Uganda we are using a translated video show to teach children about their rights and creating safe spaces for them to play.
  • we are working with girls to understand that female genital mutilation is both damaging and illegal, and encouraging them to look out for each other mostly in Eastern Uganda.
  • we are supporting children to establish Child Forums where they work together to end child marriage by reporting cases, finding birth certificates to prevent underage girls from being married and advocating for an end to the practice.

And it’s working – children in Uganda stopped over 50 child marriages in their communities everyone years. All around the world, children have been stepping into the frontline in their communities and taking action to keep children safe and call out violence when it occurs.

3. Educating and supporting parents

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Families should be children’s fiercest protectors – but sometimes, they are the enablers or even the perpetrators of the violence that children experience. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the risk of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse that some children face, with lockdowns isolating them from their broader school and community networks and the protection that they afford.

At the same time, the economic stress caused by the lockdowns and other COVID-related affects can make desperate families more vulnerable to the financial lures of subjecting their children to child labor, child marriage, child prostitution and child trafficking.

We are working to combat these after effects by teaching caregivers about positive parenting and discipline techniques, children’s rights and the law, the importance of education, and the risks and consequences of putting children into exploitative situations.

We are also tackling the economic drivers of exploitation and violence by providing caregivers with emergency food, cash and tangibles so they can meet their families’ needs, helping them to rebuild their livelihoods with training, equipment, and connecting them to counselling, psychosocial support, or just a listening ear.

4. Mobilizing communities

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Community-based development is at the heart of child sponsorship, and we are mobilizing communities in the 4 districts where we work to protect children from violence.

In each of these communities, we build strong, trusted relationships with local partners, including teachers, police, health workers, local government, community organizations and businesses, as well as leaders from many faiths, who are often the most trusted and authoritative voices in their communities.

Some of these faith leaders may have promoted gender inequality, stigma, family violence and harmful traditional practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation in the past, so we work with Christian, Muslim, Hindu and other leaders to address misconceptions, and empower them to inspire their communities to better meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

We also partner with over 110 community volunteers who live and work in the same communities as our sponsored children, equipping them to monitor and support children’s well-being and become catalysts for community change to end violence against children.

During COVID-19 lockdowns, these community volunteers have been an ever-present safety net for children, even when schools and other services were closed, because they live in the same neighborhood even at the time, we have no funding.

They are helping to change community’s views on issues like child marriage, child labor and physical discipline; they are equipping caregivers with positive parenting techniques; and when violence against children occurs, they are reporting it to authorities – and explaining to others in their community why and how to report violence too.

And it’s not just sponsored children who benefit when communities come together to make the areas safer for children. Because of our community-based development approach, for every child who is sponsored.

Possible question and answers on child sponsorship program (F.A.Q.)

1. Why should I sponsor a child through Cefarh foundation?

Because together, we can make a real difference! If you’re considering sponsorship, you already want to help change lives. Sponsorship makes it possible for you to give vulnerable children fuller lives and better futures. You’ll see the transformation for yourself through regular updates while you build an enjoyable personal connection with a child who needs you.

2.How is my sponsorship donation used?

Your donations are used to meet the greatest needs of your sponsored child’s community. It could be safe water, nourishing food, better healthcare, or education. By donating, you also help keep children safe while getting them ready to participate in shaping their own future.

To effectively combat child vulnerability, it’s important to deal with both symptoms and causes—your support is what enables us to overcome these barriers and help children reach their potential.

3. How does my sponsored child benefit?

  • Your sponsored child will experience a fuller, happier, healthier and safer life.
  • Regular monitoring lets us check their progress and intervene appropriately when necessary.
  • Your messages bring them hope and happiness, and learning to read those messages increases their skills and builds confidence.
  • It’s not only their physical safety—we provide the safe, nurturing space for them to explore, develop and grow spiritually.
  • Their hopes and dreams become a reality as they watch their community transform into a healthier and safer place.

4. What makes CEFARH ’s approach unique?

We approach things differently, focusing on initiating change from the outside in. Forming long-term partnerships with everyone who impacts a child’s life, whether it be members of their family, community, nation, the wider world, or generous sponsors like you.

We also transform a child’s world using an inside-out approach—empowering children at the grassroots level to be active participants and change makers in their own lives. This unique two-pronged approach has been proven to have an effective and long-lasting impact on vulnerable children, whether or not they are directly sponsored.

5. What does it mean to be a CEFARH Child Sponsor?

  • Experience the joy of helping your sponsored child live a fuller, happier, healthier and safer life.
  • For every child you sponsor, five more children in the same area directly benefit, too
  • You can build a personal connection with a vulnerable child who really needs you, and even travel to visit them.
  • Throughout our partnership we provide frequent updates, photos, and videos so you can follow all the changes as they take place.
  • And, if you choose to, there are many ways for you to get involved and help improve the world for these children.

6. Will my sponsorship contributions go directly to one child?

Sponsored children do not receive direct cash benefits. While each CEFARH Child Sponsor is connected with one child we, we make the most of your donations by pooling funds to invest in long-term community development program  to transform whole areas.

By doing this we know that for every child you sponsor, five more children directly benefit too.

7. How are children chosen for sponsorship?

The families who receive our help are the ones who need it the most. Sponsored children are carefully chosen by people who know them best – local CEFARH staff and their own community members. At CEFARH respecting the rights of parents is important to us.

That’s why parents and caregivers are the only people who are allowed to register a child for sponsorship, and their involvement continues throughout all program participation. We take a great screening to make sure that the child is the one really in need.

8. What does my sponsorship mean to my sponsored child?

As a sponsor, a child’s hope, happiness, and confidence is in your hands: your help provides a better life and transforms their future in ways they didn’t think possible.

9. What is CEFARH Child Sponsorship?

Your participation in CEFARH’s Child Sponsorship program is essential to granting children, families and entire communities a path to a better future.

Our proven, unique approach is fueled by your sponsorship. Your help enables us to provide positive, lasting impact to communities by focusing on the root causes of poverty and injustice.

10. How does CEFARH Child Sponsorship work?

First, parents and caregivers in CEFARH programme areas register children to be sponsored. Then CEFARH connects you with a child who needs your help. As that child’s only sponsor, you will have many opportunities to build a relationship with them.

Your monthly donations become part of a powerful collective fund capable of permanently transforming your sponsored child’s community into a place that offers them the future they deserve.

We empower communities and guide them to set their own goals and equip them so that progress made is sustained, and continued, long after we’ve left.

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