Many children live without hope for the future. They suffer from poverty, sickness or war. In many development countries parents die young because of diseases like AIDS, lack of nutritious food and lack of health care. Because of this, children become dependent of other people in their neighborhood. Often they end up in the streets or in a family where there are insufficient means to raise the child in a proper way.
In cooperation with you, Dorcas Aid wants to give many of these children a new life! Our Child Sponsorship programs help children on an individual basis. With a monthly amount of € 25 the life of a child changes completely. With a little money a lot can be done in one of the 20 child sponsorship programs! The support may partly differ from program to program, depending on the local situation or even the personal situation of the child. Usually the program provides:
School fees, school uniform and school materials
Clothing and shoes
Counseling for the child and the parents
Getting acquainted with the Gospel
Sponsorship in a nutshell:
The local partner organization selects the children who will benefit from the program. The target group is children from the poorest families or in the most desperate circumstances.
A child will normally be in the sponsorship program till (around 20 years of age) he/she finished appropriate education. Main criterion is that the child is equipped for society as well as possible. Some children may leave the program earlier, for example because of moving to another place, improved living circumstances of the family or lack of motivation even after thorough counseling.
When you start to sponsor a child, you will receive a nice sponsorship folder, with information (and a picture) of the child, the program and the local situation. Once a year you will receive a progress report from the child and a newsletter from the program; every two years a new picture.
It is possible to write to or even visit your sponsored child. Giving and praying for the child will bring about a huge change in his/her life!
Dorcas cooperates with local churches / Christian organizations. They have the knowledge of the local culture and circumstances. They started the support with the limited means that they have, because they feel the love of God for these children in their desperate situation. Dorcas trains and equips these local Christians so that they will do an even better job, and will be able to support more and more needy children in their surroundings.
Dorcas currently supports around 3.500 children in 12 countries.