In 2013, School On The Boat launched its own sponsorship program! Thanks to this program, you will be able to sponsor one of the children in our project. It will allow you to support our educational actions and take part in a rewarding experience.
Who are the children to sponsor ?
The children to sponsor are already supported by School On The Boat. Their families migrated from the Vietnamese countryside towards Hanoi, and earn a living from irregular activities, such as selling drinks on the Long Bien Bridge or gathering recyclable waste. The children’s living conditions are precarious, and in these circumstances their access to education is threatened. That’s why School On The Boat provides them with material and social help, which can be decisive when it comes to their success at school. Thanks to the sponsorship program, School On The Boat is able to pay for all the school fees, and provide a quality tutoring program for all the children.
What is the sponsorship program ?
This program enables you to become the sponsor of a disadvantaged Vietnamese child. Our actions and our sponsorship program are dedicated to education, and aim to help the children of School On The Boat to have a normal education. Ideally, a sponsor will sign up with a long-term perspective, and become a stable support for a child, through our project.
Because we have a limited number of children to sponsor, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to choose the age and gender of the child. Nevertheless, if you have any preference, you can specify when you contact us and we will do our best to fulfill your wish. When it comes to the age of the child, you should be aware that the younger they are, the more important it is that you
have a long-term vision of your sponsorship. Will you be able to support them until they turn18 ?
Can I choose the child that I will support ?
Sponsoring a child is 30$ per month, which means 360$ per year. This sum will be used to pay for the school fees of the pupils. These expenses also cover the salary of our social worker who ensures a permanent contact with the families as well as the follow-up of the children. Moreover, another part the donation will be used to purshase an insurance for the sponsored child.
You can choose to donate the whole amount, or to share it with another sponsor. You can also decide if you want to pay by check, by bank transfer or by cash, every year, every semester or every month. If you choose to pay by transfer, make sure that you plan an automatic transfer with your bank.
How much does a sponsor donate ?
How can I communicate with the child ?
You can send them a letter to get in contact with them initially. You can talk about your daily life, your family, the place you live, the weather, etc. They will be really glad if you add some pictures or drawings to your letter. You can also ask them about their family, the games they play, or their hobbies.
It is also possible to write emails to our social worker so she can proceed to deliver the messages to the kid: email@example.com
You will receive newsletter about the child you support three times a year, in April, August and December.
You will learn more about his or her life changes and evolutions : school situation, new friends, life within the program etc...
As we think it is important for you to know what is going on on the life of the children, our aim is also to develop a balanced relationship between the sponsor and the child.
Thus, even if it not mandatory, we encourage the sponsors to communicate with the children as much as they can.
In which langage should I write ?
If you can write in Vietnamese/English, or if someone can translate your letter for you, we advise you to do so, so that the sponsored child can read your letter directly. Otherwise, you can write in English, which is understood by the biggest kids and which we will translate for the younger ones
In any case, you should write simple sentences, to make the translation work easier, and to enable the child to understand you better.
Each month, School On The Boat issues a newsletter which will enable you to follow the evolution of the project. This way, you will know about our current partnerships and the actions we lead. You will also find pictures of the monthly activity and of the local volunteers.
Moreover, as a sponsor, once a year you will receive additional information about the child you are sponsoring, their living conditions and their schooling.
How does a sponsor receive our information ?
To become a sponsor, please contact us to check if there are any children awaiting sponsorship. If we match you with a child, we will send you the sponsorship contract to fill in. When we receive the contract, we will send you more information about the child you have been assigned to, so that you can send them your first letter.
If there are currently no children to sponsor, you will be registered on a waiting list so that we can contact you as soon as a child needs a sponsor. In the meantime, you can subscribe to our newsletter on request.
How to become a sponsor ?
To become a sponsor,
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