Alex Felisian Joseph
I am a 15-year old boy. I live with my mother and 2 brothers Joshua and Joseph. I don’t know where my father is, I have not seen him for a long time. My mother works as waitress and works long hours. I am studying really hard at school because I have national exams this year. If I pass those exams well I can go to secondary school. I hope one day I can be a doctor so I can heal sick people.
Dickson Haji Omary
I am a 13 year old boy. I live with my grandmother and aunt together. I have two sisters who live with my mother. My father died 5 years ago. My mother doesn’t have enough money to look after us all. My grandmother sells bananas to earn money. I walk 45 minutes to school. In school I like English and Kiswahili, and playing football the most. When I get home I help around the house, and if I have time I play football with my friends, but this year I’m spending a lot of time studying for exams I have this year.
Elisha Simon Mollel
I am 14 years old. I live with my mother and my 5 siblings. My father died 2 years ago. My mother earns money from selling milk from a cow we have, but we don’t have enough money for food every day. I like to Kiswahili, English and Social Studies in school. I also like playing football but I’m not doing that so much this year as I’m studying a lot for exams I have. I would like to be a soldier when I grow up.
Emanuel Robison Molla
I am a 13 year old boy. I live with my grandmother and aunt. My parents died. We have 5 cows and we grow maize and vegetables to sell at local markets. At school I like Social Studies and sports the most. I’m doing less sport this year as I’m studying hard for exams. At the weekend I help to clean the cows house. It doesn’t smell so nice there! On Sunday we go to Church.
Faidha Msafiri Hamisi
I am 14 years old. I live with my mother, father, 3 brothers and sister in a 2 room house. My father is a night security guard. My mother doesn’t have job. In school I like English and Kiswahili the most, and skipping with my friends! After school I help clean the house and the chicken house. In the weekend I also help to collect water and clean the house. When I am grown up I want to be a pilot and travel from country to country.
Gabriel Alex Kangalawe
I am a 14 year old boy. I live with my father, stepmother, 3 sisters and my twin brother. My father is a soldier, but we don’t always have enough food for breakfast and an evening meal every day. I like studying a lot, especially when it’s Mathematics and Science. I’m working very hard this year so I can get into Secondary School. In the future I hope I can be an accountant.
Stella Jafari Bella
I am 13 years old. I live in an orphanage called St. Lusia. My parents passed away. I have one brother and one sister who live with my aunt. I walk to school in the morning which takes an hour. In school I like Mathematics, English and Geography. I like spending time reading in the library too. This year I’m studying really hard. After school I wash my school clothes. Saturday we clean the orphanage and on Sunday we go to church. When I am older I want to be a pastor.
Winifrida John Mollel
I am 12 years old. I live in Sorenyi with my mother and sister. My mother sells fish for a living. Sometimes we don’t have enough money for food at home. Our grandparents and our uncle helps us out sometimes. At school I really like Geography, and playing netball in extracurricular time. After school I like to play with my friends. We play a local game called Rede, or skipping. When I am older I want to be a doctor so I can treat my family and other people.
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.