Child Sponsorship

“Thanks to CoLaborers, I finally have a daughter! Sponsoring a child has been such a blessing, I love getting letters from her & seeing pictures of her & watching her grow… She’s already grown so much this year! It’s such a blessing to be part of such a life changing organization” – Katie, child sponsor Child sponsorship is one of the most effective ways to change a child’s life for the better. Read Christianity Today’s article here.

Support children being reached in India and Zambia impact their future. In this one-to-one relationship, you will receive your child’s profile, picture, letters (frequency of letter exchange varies by location), and prayer requests. Your sponsorship will help see your child through school and launch them into a better life through the power of education. You can sponsor a child from elementary school through university in this fulfilling, life-changing commitment. As children are sponsored, they are removed from the page.

INDIA

Melissa with her sponsored child

We assist a children’s home of children in India. These children are all enrolled in our child sponsorship program, which provides for their educational and basic needs.

Your $25 monthly support provides:
– food & shelter – school uniforms – monthly doctor visits and medication.
As a child sponsor, you receive:
– Your child’s name & photograph – Your child’s story – Sponsorship information – Letters & photos from your child each quarter.


As of now, ALL children have been sponsored in India! Thank you and praise God! Check back!
More children will be listed on this page as they enter our program. 

ZAMBIA

Nanyemba with sponsored children

We re-launched our child sponsorship program in Zambia to focus on poor families in rural villages. We personally know the value of child sponsors to change lives. There are 3 terms in the Zambian school calendar.  Letter exchanges are 3 times a year.

While these children are often from single-parent homes, living in poverty situations, or struggling with special education needs – we are inspired by their tenacity, their future dreams, and their hunger for education.

Click below to be billed for the first term only. After that, we will remove the child from the website and follow up request from you each term while giving child updates. There are 3 terms a year. Younger grades are $50 a term. Older grades are $70 a term. 

$50 a term / $150 annual

#87 This little girl comes from a poor family, her mother is working to support them. Her father is unable to work. She is interested in science and enjoys reading books. 



 

 

#88  This little boy lost his father some time ago. He currently lives with his mother. His favorite school subject is math. He is very committed to education and enjoys reading. 



 

 

#91  This little girl currently lives with her grandmother.  In her free time she enjoys playing netball. Her favorite subject in school is social studies.  



 

 

#92  This little girl enjoys reading books. Her favorite school subject is math. She lives in a rural village where residents survive through subsistence farming. The main crop grown in this village is maize which is used to make nshima (Zambia’s staple food). The village faces water challenges. 



 

$70 a term / $210 annual

#89 He is living with his cousin after the death of his father and his mother’s remarriage.  He is older for his grade level because he delayed reporting to school due to financial challenges. Science is his favorite subject. He enjoys herding cattle. 



#90 He lost his father and is staying with his single mother.  He does well in school and was the top student in his class in the previous term. He also enjoys playing football in his free time.



Quick Q&A

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STUDENT.PROTECTION.CLAUSE

Student Dignity
The students we assist are not to be objectified or de-humanized. The lives of all people, regardless of status, should be portrayed with accuracy and dignity.  We believe that the students we assist are partners with us in the process of bringing holistic (spiritual, physical, psychological and social) positive change to their communities. Student scholarship is not only an investment in their education, but also in the future leaders of Zambia and India.

Student Protection
Privacy demands that students, and communities be protected from any potential inappropriate contact from sponsors or others. The students we assist must feel safe, knowing that CoLaborers International protects the integrity of how their personal information – including photographs – is shared for the purpose of obtaining student sponsors.

We take even the potential abuse of student photographs on the web very seriously and it will not be tolerated. If we feel that a student’s protection, security and dignity have been violated in anyway by a sponsor – we have the right to immediately terminate communications and scholarship.

Student Security
Students have the right to be completely secure from the fear or reality of any potential abuse (either physical or emotional) resulting from an inappropriate contact by a sponsor or any other person.


HOW.TO.GIVE.

OPTION 1(Preferred): Automated Giving- Give online through PayPal’s secure server. Select your child’s profile. After we have received your first sponsorship payment, your child’s profile will no longer be on the website to be available for sponsorship.

OPTION 2: Mail a check with the ID number of your student to:
CoLaborers International c/o Child Sponsorship
PO Box 959 Chestertown MD 21620


LETTERS.PICTURES.GIFTS.

WRITING LETTERS

Scholarship Letters & Mailings:

email SarahATCoLaborersInternational.com

SENDING PICTURES

Please email pictures.

Please only send pictures where people are fully clothed (i.e. – no bathing suit pictures, shirt less pictures, etc…). Please take care to cover shoulders, cleavage, mid sections, your bottom and thighs in all pictures.

Please send pictures that are sensitive to their financial situation – taking care not to have expensive electronics, laptops, tvs, large quantities of food, etc… in the photo with you.
Be aware that ALL pictures are screened for appropriate content before being sent.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY STUDENT TO REPLY TO MY LETTERS?

It’s common for a reply to take three to four months. Long distances, remote locations, and inadequate postal services can make for slow communication. Also, consider that because the student’s first language is usually Nyanja or Bemba, or Telegu so it may take time for some students to write in English, which is learned in school, or to have letters translated by leaders. So please be patient and feel free to write again, even if you’ve yet to receive a reply. We usually do letter exchange 3 times a year.

FISCAL.RESPONSIBILITY.&.TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.CONTRIBUTIONS

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

CoLaborers International is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We make annual reports each year to the IRS on use of funds. Reaching Forward Together is a registered nonprofit in India. CoLaborers Zambia is a registered society with the Ministry of Community Development of Zambia.

WHAT DOES MY MONEY GO TO PAY FOR?

Education/tuition and meals
HOW DO I KEEP TRACK OF MY CONTRIBUTIONS?

  • We will send you statements by request as well as at the end of the tax year (January 31st). These are sent to the address provided by your checks or the physical address or email address associated with your PayPal account.
  • Contributions to CoLaborers International are tax deductible. Be sure to keep your statement; this is your only legal receipt for income tax purposes.

PRAYER

Your prayers are so very important to the success of this work; building a brighter future for children of Zambia and India. As you find out more about your sponsored student, you’ll discover specific needs for which you can pray.