Linet is 6 years old. She lives with her mother and four siblings in a small mud house lent to them, which is by a river bed. Linet loves school and learning Kiswahili. She would like to be a teacher.
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If you like, we can select one of our most in need children for you.
Ahmad was living in an orphanage in Lebanon when his life was changed by his sponsor. Just over 30 years later, he’s our Executive Director.
“Growing up in Lebanon during the civil war, I have experienced firsthand many of the challenges and obstacles that our children face. The care Stand by Me offers and the quality of our child sponsorship has been shaped by what I experienced and how I endeavour to bring the same hope I received to all of our children.”
When you decide to be a child sponsor, it changes a child’s life. The less obvious bit is that if often changes the sponsor’s life a little too.
Miss Walshe, a teacher at Chepstow House School, sponsored Wamale after visiting our project in Ethiopia.
"Seeing first-hand the work of Stand by Me made me realise the huge impact that sponsorship has on a child.”
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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.
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.
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.
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 92% of your donation is spent on caring for your child. The remaining 8% is used for managing the sponsorship programme and helping us raise more sponsors.
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.
Yes. We welcome group sponsorships. You may want to sponsor a child through your school, social club, church group, brownies, scout group or business.
We provide the best care possible for each of our kids and endeavour to meet their individual 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. By our kids having a few sponsors each, we are able to provide them with care to transform their lives while ensuring they can benefit from having a genuine, personal relationship with their sponsors who act as aunts, uncles and grandparents to them.
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 donations to buy small gifts from their sponsor. These things quickly become treasured possessions and let your child know you care for them.
There are two ways to do this:
For both types of communication, please include the following information:
Please be aware that due to delays in international post and poor internet connection, you should allow at least 6 weeks for a postal response and 3 weeks for an email response.
You can send all correspondence to our England office.
Your postal correspondence will be forwarded to the child on a monthly basis.
All communication must travel via the Stand by Me UK office to ensure communications are appropriate. Direct contact with your sponsored child over social media, text, post or email is never acceptable as it undermines our safeguarding protocols.
If direct communication does occur, please let us know by contacting [email protected] so we can talk to your child and ensure they can stay safe.
It is our policy not to disclose your contact details to your child or the programme.
The first time you communicate with your child, you can introduce your family and possibly include a photo. Pets, hobbies and sports are always good topics to include.
Your child would love to receive emails, letters and photos to find out more about you. Due to the security issues and the cost of postal services in the countries where we work, we are unable to post any parcels to our children. Instead we recommend a monetary gift which will enable your child or our staff to choose a present that is culturally appropriate and supports the local economy, you can give between £10 - £25 to buy a gift for your child here.
That’s a great question! You can do that here. Or you can 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 or your child will be able to choose a gift themselves. You can give an amount between £10 and £25 which goes far in buying something special while ensuring the children are treated fairly. You'll receive a letter from your sponsored child to let you know what was purchased with your donation. If you want to give more than £25 we will use the extra to provide gifts for unsponsored children.
In accordance with our child protection policy, we can sometimes 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.
Please get in contact with us on 01708 442271 or email [email protected] to find out more.
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] Just put your child's first name and ID reference number in the subject of the email. Please remember the internet connection can cause delays in some of our programmes, therefore we ask you allow up to 3 weeks for a response.
Every effort will be made to find the child a new sponsor.
If you would like to impact the lives of children but don’t feel that sponsoring a child is for you, then please consider makinga 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.
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.
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.
Ask us anything. We’ve helped sponsors change 1000s of kids’ lives, and we know it can be a big decision. We’re here to help you every step of the way.