|CHILD SPONSORSHIP | FAQs
What is the background of the children who need sponsoring?
Children in ICTís child sponsorship scheme are already part of ICT
projects and have already been identified by project staff to be
Ďin need of assistanceí. Many of the children in the scheme are
former street children or have been displaced by conflict or natural
disasters such as the Asian tsunami or who have been abused or neglected
by their families.
Why should I sponsor a child?
Child sponsorship is a long-term commitment to support the day-to-day
costs of raising a child in a developing country. By covering these
costs you are freeing up money for new initiatives such as health
centres, outreach work or building expansion which enables our partners
to assist even more children.
Can I choose who I sponsor?
You can select if you would like to sponsor a boy or a girl.
You can also select if you would like to sponsor a child in Kenya,
India, Sri Lanka. If you have no preference then ICT will select
a child on your behalf where it is felt the need is greatest.
How does the child benefit?
£20 a month from you goes pays for care, shelter, food, clothing,
school uniforms, books and basic health car for a child for a month.
Children also benefit emotionally from knowing that there are people
in another country that care enough to support them.
Do other children in the community also benefit?
Yes, although you are linked to one particular child, some of the
money that you donate will be spent on work that will benefit all
the children in that project. ICT believes it is very important
that all the children are helped equally and one is not favoured
over another. The child you sponsor is therefore your link to the
children as a group, but does not receive any special privileges
over children who are not sponsored.
What will I receive?
You will receive a photograph and description of the child shortly
after you sign up to be a sponsor. You will then receive at least
one update per year about the childís progress as well as a letter
or card from the child. In addition, you will receive ICTís newsletter
twice a year which will update you on the whole of ICTís work.
Can I write and send gifts to my sponsored child?
Yes, you may write to the child that you sponsor. If they can write,
then the sponsored child will write back, if they cannot, then their
social worker or guardian will do so on their behalf. You may also
send gifts, but ICT requests that you only send small gifts or things
that can be shared by all the children in the project. It is unfair
for one child to receive an expensive gift when so many other children
do not receive anything. For the protection of the children, all
letters and gifts must be sent via the project staff to ensure the
content is appropriate before handing them over to the child.
Can I visit my sponsored child?
Yes, you may visit the child you sponsor but this must be arranged
through the project staff to ensure that your planned visit is convenient
for them. In the interest of child protection, ICT will conduct
a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure on all sponsors who wish to
visit their sponsored children. You will be accompanied by project
staff at all times during your visit and you will not be permitted
to take the child away from the project area.
What happens when the child I sponsor leaves the programme?
When a child turns 18 years old or leaves the ICT project to seek
work or is reunited with his/her family, then he/she is no longer
eligible for sponsorship. When this happens, ICT will inform the
sponsor and offer you an alternative child to support. ICT works
with many vulnerable children, all of whom need support.
What happens if I have to stop sponsoring a child?
If, for unforeseen circumstances you become unable to continue to
sponsor a child, ICT will do its best to find a replacement sponsor.
It is very helpful, however, if you are able to warn ICT that you
need to stop your sponsorship in advance, to give us time to allocate
that child to a new sponsor.