Junior Thobias Mbore
My name is Junior. I’m a 10 year old boy in Standard 2 at school. I live with my mother and 2 brothers. Our father left a long time ago. I don’t remember him. My mother struggles to look after us as she doesn’t have a permanent job. She doesn’t have enough money to feed us every day. School is 30 minutes walk away from our home. I like Mathematics and Handwriting the best. After school I wash my clothes, clean the house, and fetch water. When I grow up I want to be a pilot so I can earn enough money to help my family.
Mariam Peter Kessy
Jambo, my name is Mariam and I am a 9 years old girl. I live with my mother and my three siblings and my mum 20 minutes away from school. My mother washes people`s clothes to earn money. My father passed away. Before school, I don`t have a breakfast. In school I like reading and playing with my friends. After school and at the weekends I help to wash clothes and on Sunday, I go to church where I like to sing. When I am grown up I want to wash people`s clothes like my mother.
Paulo John Bura
I am an 8 year old boy. I live in an orphanage with my brother Peter. My father died when I was in kindergarten. My mother lives and works in Karatu. She could not afford to look after us. School is 45 minutes walk away from home. I like Handwriting lessons the best at school. I love playing football too! After school I wash my clothes and help with the dishes. When I am older I would like to be a policeman.
Peter John Bura
I am an 8 year old boy. I live in an orphanage with my brother Paulo. My father died when I was younger. My mother lives and works in Karatu. She could not afford to look after us. We live 45 minutes walk from school. I love sports the best at school. After school we help out at home, then play football if we have time. In the weekend we collect firewood, fetch water and wash our clothes, then play football. On Sunday we go to Church.
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 email@example.com. 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.