Zambia Child Sponsorship Education changes lives!

Child sponsorship is one of the most effective ways to change a child’s life for the better. Read Christianity Today’s article here.

When street children Lusaka were asked what help is most needed, 70% requested assistance getting an education.  75% of street children in Lusaka do not go to school. [statistics from Lemba M. Rapid Assessment of Street Children in Lusaka. Lusaka: Project Concern International Zambia; 2002]

Support at-risk Zambian youth being reached by Chisomo Centers and give them the life-changing gift of quality education and nutritious meals.

Your giving matters, you are the only sponsor for your child. Sign up to help a child and soon you will be receiving your child’s name, photo and story.

 SPONSORSHIP LEVELS
$20 a month: Day School-grades 8 & 9

#507

This boy was lost on the streets of Lusaka. Unable to locate his family, the police brought him to Chisomo Centers to be cared for. He loves to study science and wants to be a doctor when he grows up. His favorite hobbies are singing and dancing. He is determined to do well in school. Sponsor him here:

 

#509
This boy was taken in by his uncle’s family and raised as one of their own. When he accidentally broke a family heirloom, he was punished and learned his true identity. He was no longer treated as family and ran away. He lived on the streets and got caught up in street life. His neck was broken and he was taken to the hospital. After 4 months, he recovered and realized he needed to change his ways. He came to Chisomo Centers and is now studying in school again and off the streets. His favorite subject is history and civics. He enjoys gardening and wants to study agricultural science when he grows up. Sponsor him here:

 

#517

This boy was being kept from going to school and being beaten at home. He fled and came to Chisomo Centers for refuge. He receives care and education. His favorite subject is science and he enjoys doing soccer and rugby for recreation. When he grows up, he wants to be a pilot. You can sponsor him here:

 

#523
This boy’s father passed away and his mother was not working, so he was unable to go to school. He came to Chisomo Centers to be fed, clothed, cared for and is now receiving education. His favorite subject is science. He enjoys dancing and studying for school. When he grows up, he would like to be a doctor. Please sponsor him here:

 

$50 a month: Boarding School

#527
This boy was being beaten at home and forced to go into the streets to beg for money. He found about Chisomo Centers from his friends and came to seek education. He loves science, English and math. His favorite bible story is the story of Joseph (Gen 37-46) and when he grows up, he would like to be a pilot. Sponsor him here:

 

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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.

Student Protection
Privacy demands that students, the Chisomo shelter, 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 above. 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 monthly check with the name and ID number of your student to:
CoLaborers International c/o At-Risk Zambian Youth Scholarship Program
PO Box 959 Chestertown MD 21620


LETTERS.PICTURES.GIFTS.

WRITING LETTERS

Scholarship Letters & Mailings:

CoLaborers International c/o Scholarship Program for At-Risk Zambian Youth
PO Box 959 Chestertown MD 21620

Please write the name of child & ID NUMBER on back of envelope and on top of letter. Be aware that all letters are screened first stateside for appropriateness before being sent to Zambia.

SENDING PICTURES

Please send pictures no bigger than 4 x 6, as larger ones will not fit into a standard envelope and will inflate mailing costs.

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.

I WANT TO SEND A GIFT TO MY STUDENT

Due to corruption in the Zambian government and postal system specifically, packages cannot be sent to sponsored students. We suggest sending a separate donation check for a student’s gift item.

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 so it may take time for some students to write in English, which is learned in school. So please be patient and feel free to write again, even if you’ve yet to receive a reply.

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. Chisomo Shelter, subset of Full Proof Mission, that is participating in the student scholarship program is a registered society with the Government 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 quarterly statements and 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.
  • Scholarship 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 street children of Zambia. As you find out more about your sponsored student, you’ll discover specific needs for which you can pray.