Soungalo Kone, Sponsorship-funded Basic Education Manager
May 30, 2013
colleagues and I feel truly privileged to be able to count on the ongoing generosity
of sponsors in our journey to ensuring a better future for poor children in our
part of the world. As I write this post, over 23,000 of you are tirelessly supporting
our activities, sponsoring roughly an equal number of children through our
has many gratifying aspects. One of them is that special, one-on-one bond that
develops between a sponsor and their sponsored child over the years. With this
in mind, our staff puts a lot of effort into ensuring every sponsor experience with
us is a truly enjoyable one. This blog post is one of those efforts, suggesting
content you may want to include when writing to your sponsored child.
Going to school – an essential right for kids
have many rights including accessing quality, age-appropriate education.
Communities expect non-family members, such as sponsors, to constantly remind children
of this important right and make sure they take full advantage of it. Parents
feel eternally grateful to those sponsors who talk about the benefits of
education in their letters and encourage children to be regular school-goers
and hard learners.
a different voice singing the praise of education could carry more meaning for
my child than the daily advice from me or his mother” says Seydou Bengaly, the
father a 9-year-old sponsored boy. This feeling is shared by many community
members who, despite the pervasive poverty that continues to be their bane, try
to see that children enjoy their right to education as much as possible.
Learning social values – a fundamental duty for children
in Mali, especially in rural areas, put a high premium on social morés and
values such as respect, sharing, help, sense of responsibility, etc. They do
their best to ensure these principles are inculcated into children so they will become
successful adults. However, parents are aware that it’s not (and should not be)
the sole responsibility of the family to bring up children and introduce them
to socially acceptable manners. Given the sociable and extroverted nature of
Malian communities, children interact with others daily. Everybody, sponsors
included, can play a role in ensuring children learn the basic tenets of
one’s self as a man or woman
in Mali are typically different than those used in the West. Children often have
difficulty recognizing from a name whether their sponsor is a male or female. This
cultural issue is best addressed by including a picture of yourself or saying in
your letter whether you are a woman or man.
remember that whatever you say in your
letters, the most important thing is that you communicate. Why not write to
your sponsored child today?
Brighten your sponsored child’s day – and future – by writing a letter today.
If you are not already a sponsor, become one today.