A Former Sponsored Child’s Reflections on the Importance of Sponsorship

Blog AuthorFaimi Moscova, Sponsorship Mananger

Port-au-Prince

August 31, 2012

For over 25 years Save the Children in Haiti has supported development in the Maissade community through our sponsorship-funded programs, addressing the needs of vulnerable children and their families.

Archange Christophe was once a sponsored child and now works for Save the Children in Maissade.  In 2004 Save the Children helped found the first and only community radio station in Maissade, and Archange was, and still is, one of the broadcasters at the station. Radio is a powerful tool for the education and welfare of the population, and also plays a key role i Archange at the radio stationn emergencies.

“With the strong beginning my family and I received from Save the Children I completed my secondary studies and went on to a professional school.  Then I returned to my village and applied for
the position with Save the Children.  I feel like I owe it to the organization and my community.  I accomplish my daily tasks with a spirit of kindness and try to help my people as best I can,” shares Archange.

Archange was enrolled in the sponsorship program when he was in 1st grade, and remained a sponsored child for nearly five years. He still has happy memories of those days and taking part in the many activities Save the Children organized in his community of Bois Rouge.  He received school assistancv through the Save the Children education programs and his whole family was able to receive health care support. Archange believes Save the Children, with its many child-centered development programs, has inspired his lifelong pursuit of self-development. “Save the Children and its child sponsors have made remarkable contributions to education, health care and nutrition in Maissade,” he states.

 Archange during a focus group with community leaders“Being a sponsored child helped me appreciate generosity.  Now I can give back to my community what I received. I can still remember my sponsor’s encouraging words ‘school is very important, you must work hard at it’ and ‘it is essential to love your friends.’ I am so grateful to Save the Children, without them and the support of my sponsor I wouldn’t have been able to gain a good education and succeed.”

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Empowering Women: What’s the Best Method?

Dhheadshot Dave Hartman, Save the Children, Internet Marketing and Communications Specialist

Westport, CT

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Yesterday was the 100th International Women’s Day and we asked our loyal social media followers what the best method to empower women is. We recieved a ton of great responses and we wanted to share them with you. Below is a “Storify” summary of the ones we think are most powerful and insightful. 

If you have any ideas of your own we’d love you to share them in the comments section below!

Why You’d Want This Job

Karisten Strong Karisten Strong, Sponsorship Marketing Associate 

Westport, CT

Friday, November 12, 2010  


 

Every Save the Children child sponsor enjoys a special connection to children in need.  If you sponsor a child in Nepal, you also have a direct connection to Seema Baral, whose passion for children is sure to inspire.

Seema, our Sponsorship Manager in Nepal and Bhutan, has one of the most enviable jobs in the entire agency. Every day, she sees first-hand the impact that you and every Nepal sponsor make in children’s lives.


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On a recent trip to one of Nepal’s poorest communities, Seema was on hand for the opening of a new school building that was funded by our Nepal sponsors.

“Everyone was so pleased with the new learning space, and I was so happy thinking of sponsors like you, who’ve joined hands with people here in Nepal to make positive changes in their communities.”

Seema is especially grateful for your sponsorship because education and equality can help children achieve their dreams—something she has sought to do even before joining Save the Children in 1997.

After graduating from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, Seema began volunteering her time assisting displaced women and children in the town of Siraha. 

The women and children were considered “untouchable” by the community merely because of their families’ past economic circumstances, and they struggled mightily to overcome discrimination at every turn.

What struck Seema was that instead of faltering in the face of such adversity, the children remained hopeful: they dreamed of being teachers, policemen, mothers and fathers just like other children. It was then Seema knew her calling. She sought equality for all children; she wanted every child to have the opportunity to achieve their dreams. She has been working to accomplish that goal ever since. 

Seema sees a long and successful future ahead for Save the Children Nepal, thanks to the loyal support of sponsors like you. With your support she and her team will continue working to bring Save the Children’s mission of creating lasting positive changes in the lives of children to life. 

Bake Sales, Swim-a-thons, Pancake Breakfasts: U.S. Kids Do Their Part to Help Haitian Kids

Anna_eisenberg Anna Eisenberg, Save the Children coordinator, media and communications

Washington, D.C.

February 23, 2010

When I walked into the Huckleberry Cheesecake Daycare and Preschool Center on Friday, January 29, I was greeted by a little boy manning a shiny red cash register.

“How many cookies are you going to buy?” the child asked.

When I asked him why he was selling cookies, he said “Haiti.”

Bake_sale1 According to staff at the preschool, located in downtown Washington, D.C., the children had started talking about the earthquake in Haiti shortly after it happened. 

Though the idea of a natural disaster was difficult for them to grasp, they were upset by the thought of kids without toys. 

So the children, barely two feet tall, decided to host a bake sale. They told me that “the children in Haiti need everything from toys to toilets.”

I photographed 3-year-old Jackson, pictured at right, holding up some of the goodies for sale.

Parents who walked in to collect their children, ages three to five, were met by a giant sign that read:

“BAKE SALE, ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SAVE THE CHILDREN HAITI RELIEF.” 

The sale included bagged goodies, and at $1 a bag, business was good. Pictured below is a very happy, three-year-old, Ellie, holding the cash at the bake sale table.

These preschoolers aren’t the only kids determined to help kids in Haiti.  In fact, students of all ages across the country have created unique fundraisers that have benefited Save the Children’s Haitian relief efforts. 

Bake_sale2In Westport, Connecticut, more than 250 swimmers from Staples high school swim team, the Westport Swim Club and the Water Rat Swim Team swam three miles each to raise funds.

Their “Swim for Haiti” event garnered national media attention and resulted in a $45,000 donation to Save the Children.

Then there was third-grader Emma Tennaro from West Middle Island Elementary School in New York. Emma hosted a pancake breakfast at Ruby Tuesday’s attended by 50 hungry people. 

Save the Children’s Elle Russell, manager of school and community organizations, tells me that children and adults of all ages at schools and community groups have raised about $300,000 for Haiti relief. 

There are so many ways to get involved with Save the Children’s Haiti relief efforts!

Click here to find out how you can help organize your own school or community fundraiser.

Help Us Respond to the Haiti Earthquake Emergency. Please Donate Now.

YOU CAN DONATE $10 TO THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND BY TEXTING “SAVE” to 20222 (US Only).