Agness Lazaro Jajimo
I am a 16 year old girl. I live with my cousin, who is a soldier. My two brothers and my two step sisters also live with us. My parents are separated and live somewhere else. Every morning I walk to school, which takes about one hour. After school I always clean the house, I do the dishes and laundry, then I fetch water. My favourite subjects in school are Maths, English and Sports. I would love to become an actress when I am an adult.
Denis Japhet Mollel
I am a 15 year old boy. My parents live far away and I am staying with my grandmother. She does not have a job. When we really need it, my uncle support us with money for food. In the morning before going to school, I drink tea. I don’t get any breakfast. The walk to school takes about 45 minutes, but it´s okay because my friends are with me. In the evening we don’t always get dinner. After school, I like to play with my friends. I like Baraa Primary School, especially Maths, singing and playing football.
Mikaeli Petro Mendeyan
I am 12 years old. I live together with my father in Baraa area twenty minutes walk away from school. My mother left us and my six siblings with our father. He is a farmer. Sometimes we don’t have enough money for breakfast or dinner every day. I like Mathematics a lot, but the best thing at in school is the garden. When I am older I would like to be a soldier. Then I can take care of my family.
Peris Fredrick Otieno
I am a 12 year old girl. I live with my aunt because my parents could not support me anymore. I have six siblings but they live with my parents. My father has no job, and my mother sells vegetables at the market. My Aunt works as a cleaner in our church. Every morning, I wake up very early to clean the house, do the dishes and have breakfast. Then I walk to school for about 25 minutes. In school, my favourite subjects are Mathematics, English, Swahili and Science. I like going to school a lot so I hope I can become a teacher in the future. Then I can support my family.
How it works
Children are put forward for sponsorship by teachers, volunteers, iThemba staff or parents. We interview them to understand a little about their lives. Then our Outreach Worker visits each child that is interviewed at home to understand their home situation. This helps us to decide whether the student really needs sponsorship and if they are a high, medium or low priority for sponsorship. We create a sponsorship sheet for each child that needs sponsorship.
If you want to sponsor a child, all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you have a preference for sponsoring a boy or girl and the age of the child. We will send a profile of a student over to you. You could also select a child yourself that you want to sponsor on our sponsorship page.
Payment can be made either yearly (€250) or monthly (€21) into our Leraren Zonder Grenzen account. For more details see our Donations section on our contribute page. However, when you mail us about sponsoring a child, we will provide you all the information.
Afterwards, we will send you an update on your sponsored child every 6 months so you can see how they are getting on. We also have our own Facebook page called If You Were in My Shoes (https://www.facebook.com/ifyouwereinmyshoes.ithemba/) about sponsoring students at Baraa Primary School.