Stand By Me

Welcome, Chepstow House pupils and parents!

We’re incredibly thankful for your school’s support of our kids in  Dembi Dollo which is making an amazing difference in their lives. Child sponsorship is another wonderful way you can get more involved. When a child is told they have a sponsor, they literally jump for joy. Your letters, drawings and small gifts mean the world to them as you love and encourage them to be the very best they can be.

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Sena is 5 years old and lives with her mother, gran and brother. She enjoys her lessons, Maths especially.

Sena is currently living with her mother, grandmother and young brother. They sleep on the floor and don't have clean water to drink so have to fetch polluted water 20 minutes walk away. Sena's father abandoned her and they don't know where he is. Sena's mum earns about £1 per day from her work.  So Stand By Me accepted Sena into the Abdi Academy.  She is a friendly little girl who is enjoying her lessons very much. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.



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Caltu is 10 years old. She enjoys learning the alphabet and numbers and likes playing handball.

Caltu is the youngest in her family and lives in a one roomed mud house. Her father makes fifteen birr (less than one pound) per day but it is not a stable income so it is unpredictable whether they receive food regularly. They have no bed in their house so they have to sleep on the ground and they do not have proper toilet facilities. Caltu was walking with no shoes when we met her but now attends the Abdi Academy where she receives two meals a day, a great education, clothes, shoes and medical care.

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Leny is 6 years old. She loves playing games with her friends. Her family live in poor conditions.

Leny has no shoes and no change of clothes to wear. Her father is a blacksmith and earns on average less than £1 pound per a day. Leny is an active girl who is enjoying school at the Abdi Academy.  She enjoys English and Science. She likes to smile and play games with her friends.

She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She is from Muslim family.

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Abdi is 5 years old. He loves to learn the alphabet, is talkative and enjoys dancing.

Abdi is an only child. He lives with his mother and grandmother in a two roomed mud house where they sleep on the floor on grass mattresses because they do not have a bed. Abdi's mother was still at school when he was born and now studies during the day and works as a labourer in the evenings. During the day Abdi's grandmother looks after him but this is a struggle for her as she has had one leg amputated. Because of Abdi's poverty, we welcomed him to our Abdi Academy where he receives regular food, healthcare and a great education. 

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Abdi is 9 years old. He enjoys playing football and other games with his friends.

Abdi is an only child. His mother and father divorced and his father moved away. Now Abdi lives with his mother, grandmother and aunt in a rented one roomed mud house. Their living conditions are difficult and they do not have regular food. When Abdi came into our programme he was walking without shoes and his family have no proper bed, kitchen or toilet facilities. Abdi now attends the Abdi Academy where he receives a great education and the care he needs to thrive.

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Raji is 12 years old. He loves to play all sports but his favourite is football.

Raji lives with his mother and older brother in a rented one roomed mud house. His dad left the family when Raji was two. Raji also has an older sister but she lives with another family as a maid. Raji’s house does not have toilet facilities or any beds so they sleep on the floor. Raji’s mother’s income is not enough to support the family and they struggle to meet their daily needs. At the Abdi Academy, Raji receives a great education, clothes, shoes, healthcare and two meals a day.

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Abdi is 9 years old. He is a good role model and enjoys football and playing with his friends.

Abdi lives with his parents and brother in a rented small one roomed mud house. His father suffers from an intestinal obstruction and isn’t able to work. His mother is a labourer and supports the family with her small income; if she is unable to work, the whole family do not eat. They have no proper bed or nightclothes and no proper toilet facilities. Attending the Stand by Me School enables Abdi to receive a great education, medical care, along with a daily breakfast and lunch.

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Cara is 7 years old. His favourite subject is science and he wants to be a nurse when he grows up.

Cara is an only child. His father died some years ago and his mother does not live with him as she cooks in people’s houses in another town. Cara therefore lives with his grandmother and her three children in a one room rented mud house. His grandmother works hard making and selling a local drink and earns a small income but it is not enough to support Cara and her three children. The whole family sleep on the mud floor and use unsafe water. To help Cara, Stand by Me accepted him into the Abdi Academy.

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Bontu is 9 years old. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up and likes playing handball.

Bontu is the youngest of her siblings. She lives with her parents, brother and sisters in a one roomed rented mud house. Her father is a shoe shiner and her mum makes and sells a local drink called Areke. They make a very small amount of money which is too small to meet the family’s basic needs so they don’t eat food regularly. Bontu was welcomed into the Abdi Academy to receive healthcare, a life-changing education and two meals a day.

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Ebise is 9 years old. She loves skipping and dreams of being a doctor one day.

Ebise is the oldest of her siblings. She lives with her parents, siblings and grandmother in a one roomed mud house. Her father is a daily labourer and her mother is a housewife. The meagre income is too small to meet their basic needs. The children have no proper shoes or clothes. Stand by Me Dembi Dollo accepted Ebise into its comprehensive care and support programme and is now providing her with her education, a nutritious diet, clothes, shoes and medication.

Our kids thrive knowing that their sponsor loves and cares for them and that they are part of a wider family across the world.
As you write and receive communication from your child you build a personal relationship with them. You get to know their interests, hopes and dreams.
Your sponsorship donation will provide food, clothes, an education, medical care and in some cases, a loving home.
Our kids love to receive letters, photos and small gifts from their sponsor. These things quickly become treasured possessions and let your child know you care for them.
If you don’t think you’d write to your child at least once per year, we’d love you to consider supporting Chepstow House's fundraising
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Miss Walshe, a teacher at Chepstow House School, sponsored Wamale after visiting Dembi Dollo, Ethiopia. 

"Seeing first-hand the work of Stand by Me made me realise the huge impact that sponsorship has on a child. Seeing their faces light up when they receive a package from their sponsor, knowing that someone in a different country is thinking of them and cares is so powerful! Since sponsoring Wamale, I feel like she is part of my family; I am forever speaking about her and know how much influence my letters and gifts are having on her life. I look forward to playing a part in her life as she grows."

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Hannah, Matt, Abi and Toby sponsor William Sak Kee in Burma and even though he lives far away, each member of the family has built a special bond with him.

“It’s a delight to receive his letters and emails and to write back to him. In every letter and photo we see him develop and it’s great to be part of his life. William calls us 'Mum' and 'Dad' and he is our unofficially adopted son! He is a brother to Abi and Toby and the correspondence between them is very special. In one of William's letters, he writes, 'you are all in my heart'; well, William is and always will be in our hearts too.”

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St Luke’s Nursery and Primary School sponsor 6 children through fundraising activities like film nights, penny spirals and selling smoothies, gingerbread people and cakes.

“We sponsor children in Burma and Ethiopia because we have so much more than they do and it’s good to share.” “Sponsoring means a lot to me because our friends are the same age as us and are not as fortunate as we are.”  “It’s important that we show our friends that they are loved.” “We can make a big difference to the lives of others and I like it when I see pictures of our friends smiling.”

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Christy started sponsoring Ashenafi in Ethiopia when he left high school

“I decided to become a sponsor because I realised that while £20 a month may seem like a very small amount to me, it can be used to transform a child’s life. Rather than donating to an unknown source each month with little or no idea of how my money is being used, Stand by Me have helped me build a relationship with my sponsor child, which makes it much less like donating money and more like simply helping a friend.”

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Gary sponsors Dame and Ifa in Dembi Dollo. He even got to meet them both on a team trip.

“Receiving letters from the two boys I sponsor is my favourite mail! My boys update me on how they are getting on at school and how their family life is, which makes everything considerably more personal. Through sponsoring, I know that whatever I give financially gets to those that need it most and all is spent wisely, but more importantly I actually get to know my kids, who they are, and what their hopes and dreams are!”

What is child sponsorship?

Sponsoring a child is a great way for you to directly impact a child’s life. You encourage and support your sponsored child, not only financially, but by sending letters and building a personal relationship with them. Your support enables them to feel loved and part of a family. Your monthly donation will be used to provide for your child’s individual needs.

How much does child sponsorship cost?

For as little as £20 per month, you can become a child sponsor and help us rescue a child in need.  The costs of providing children with high quality care can vary greatly depending on the country and the needs of the children. Since our desire is to provide the best care possible, it may be necessary to allocate some of our children with more than one sponsor. £20 per month goes a long way, however, anything extra you feel able to give will be much appreciated. 

What does my sponsorship money go towards?

It goes towards providing the best care possible for the child you sponsor. This could be to provide 24hr care in a loving family home for a child who is orphaned or without a stable family environment. For children who have a family but have no access to an education, your sponsorship money will enable them to go to our school or care centre and provide them with a quality education, committed teachers, books, pens, nutritious food and vital medical care.

Can Stand by Me guarantee that my money will be allocated to my child?

Yes, we will use your money to provide the best care possible for the child you sponsor. Your money will provide their food, clothes, education, medical care and if necessary, loving parents and a family home. A minimum of 90% of your donation is spent on caring for your child. The remaining 10% is used for managing the sponsorship programme and helping us raise more sponsors.  

What information will I receive about my sponsored child?

When you sponsor, we’ll allocate you a child according to your preferences and send you their photo and background story. This helps you get to know your child and begin building a relationship from the start by sending a letter or email. We will then send you regular updates, photos and correspondence from your child.

Can I sponsor a child as part of a group?

Yes. We welcome group sponsorships. You may want to sponsor a child through your school, social club, church group, brownies, scout group or business.

Will I be the only sponsor for my child?

In some of our projects, one sponsor contributing £20 per month is sufficient to meet a child’s needs. However, the costs of providing for a child vary greatly depending on the country and the type of care they need. Since our desire is to provide the best care possible for every child, it may be necessary to allocate some of our children with more than one sponsor.

Can I communicate with my child?

Yes, we would love you to do so. We want every sponsor to have a great relationship with their child and we will do our best to facilitate and encourage you to write as often as you can. Our kids love to receive letters, photos and small gifts from their sponsor. These things quickly become treasured possessions and let your child know you care for them.

How do I communicate with my child?

There are two ways to do this:

  1. By post (which can include cards, letters, postcards, photos etc). You can download our reply template
  2. By email. Just send your message to [email protected]

For both types of communication, please include the following information:-

  1. Your Name
  2. Child’s Name
  3. Child’s ID number
  4. Programme Name

Please be aware that due to delays in international post and poor internet connection, you should allow up to 12 weeks for a postal response and 4 weeks for an email response.  

Where do I send any postal correspondence for my child?

You can send all correspondence to our England office:

Your postal correspondence will be forwarded to the child on a monthly basis.

Can I contact my child directly?

To safeguard our children we ask you not to directly contact your child via post or social media, but to send any communication through our England office. It is our policy not to disclose your contact details to your child or the programme.

What shall I write to my child?

The first time you write you can introduce your family and possibly include a photo. Pets, hobbies and sports are always good topics to include.

  • Ask your child what name they like to be known by. In some countries, the names are quite different to British names.  You could also tell them what you like to be called.
  • Share about a national custom or holiday. Postcards of where you live or places you have visited are educational and interesting.
  • Encourage your child to do their best at school.
  • Include a question or two to give your child something to write about, and answer your child’s letter and any questions they have for you.
  • Please avoid writing about personal problems where possible.
  • Please do not include your contact details on any correspondence with your child.
  • For more ideas, check out our sample letter

Can I send a postal gift to my child?

Yes you can. We encourage you to send letters, photos and gifts that fit into an A5 size envelope via our England office. Large parcels are discouraged due to the high cost of postage, customs issues and fairness to all the children. For international post, please allow up to 12 weeks for a response.

Can I send a monetary gift to my child?

That’s a great question! There are two ways to do this; call us on 01708 442271 to make a card payment or you can send a cheque to our England office (made payable to Stand by Me) making it clear on the covering note what the cheque is for. Our overseas staff will then purchase a present on your behalf. We suggest an amount between £5 and £20. If you want to give more than £20 we will use the extra to provide gifts for unsponsored children.

Can I visit my child?

In accordance with our child protection policy, and when possible, we facilitate the opportunity for a sponsor to meet their child. However, due to the security risks in certain countries a visit is not always possible.

Can I email my child?

We would love you to. We want to make it as simple as possible for you to communicate with your child. Please send any emails to [email protected]. Please remember the internet connection can cause delays in some of our programmes, therefore we ask you allow up to 4 weeks for a response.

I don’t have time to write to a sponsored child, but I’d love to contribute. How can I help?

If you would like to impact the lives of children but don’t feel that sponsoring a child is for you, then please consider making a regular donation, which enables you to sponsor a home or school. You will have the same impact without sponsoring an individual child. There are also many other ways you can get involved.

If I stop my sponsorship, what happens to the child?

Every effort will be made to find the child a new sponsor.

Can I sponsor a Home or School?

Sponsoring a home or school is a great way of impacting the lives of many children. You can do this by signing up to give a regular donation and selecting an amount and country of your choice. If you want to discuss this further, please contact Nicola on 01708 442271 or [email protected].

How much does sponsoring a Home or School cost?

You can choose the amount you wish to donate (per month) and any contribution will make an impact on many of our children’s lives.

How does sponsoring a Home or School help?

This is a great way of supporting many children, especially children who do not have a sponsor and without the commitment of writing to them. Your regular donation will go towards meeting the monthly needs of the children at the programme (home or school), including food, clothes, medical care and the salary of the teachers or carers. We’ll make sure you receive regular updates on how your donation is having an impact.  

 

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