Sponsoring Child Education In The Gambia
What is Child Sponsorship?
Child sponsorship is a type of fundraising effort in which a child beneficiary is linked to a donor sponsor through the aid of a charitable organisation. In certain situations, the donated funds go to a lot of uses including health, security and infrastructure in the child’s community while in other cases, the funds are only used for the purpose of education whereby the child will be provided with equipment, books and uniform to help with their education.
Recent research, however, has shown that children do better in their education and other areas when their family and community are thriving around them hence the reason why child sponsorship programs now deal with issues of sustainability such as the provision of clean water, income generation schemes, health care and education centres in areas without schools. (For more information, visit Actionaid
Why sponsor a child to go to school?
Sponsoring a child affords you the opportunity to contribute your quota to helping individuals and communities in need. Every little helps when it comes to child sponsorship and you can even learn about a distant culture and community as a bonus, right from your location.
How to empower a girl child through education
Care.org notes that an educated girl is more likely to delay marriage and childbirth enjoy greater income and productivity and raise fewer, healthier and better-educated children. Empowering a girl child through education can be achieved in a variety of ways. One of which is to make schools for girls safe and their environment conducive. Education truly empowers the girl child. Evidence suggests that women and girls who have access to education and have skills in their arsenal to be independent economically are empowered to live healthier and more productive lives.
Empowerment is the process of gaining confidence and strength particularly in exercising control over one’s life and claiming one’s rights. Girls today become women tomorrow and for them to be empowered, inequality and gender gaps have to reduce. Gender bias, culturally imbibed malpractices, child marriage, poor health and sanitation are among the negative issues being faced by girls. Lack of education, however, remains the biggest problem of them all.
In order for these problems to be solved, there needs to be identified by the victims first. A lack of education prevents this from happening. Without girls knowing their rights, they cannot accomplish their dreams. This is why girls should be empowered through education.
At the SaGG Foundation, you can sponsor a girl from £10 a month to enable a girl to gain access to education in The Gambia. This will enable her to build a future for herself and her family. You can also make a donation towards the provision of educational supplies such as books, bags, uniforms and stationary for girls in The Gambia.
What you get for sponsoring a child through education?
The greatest gain you can have for sponsoring a child through education is a sense of giving hope. Your sponsorship makes a difference in the lives of children surely but a child knowing that irrespective of their unique circumstances, someone cares enough about them to sponsor their education is priceless and makes a huge difference in the life of that child.
In some cases, you can get to have a life long relationship with the child you are sponsoring through regular correspondence with the child and receive updates on how the child's schooling and welfare. Sponsoring a child through education allows you to know that you are helping communities to grow and become self-sustaining.
Empowering Young Girls Through Education After Marriage
The SaGG Foundation (Sponsor a Gambia Girl) is pleased to announce that after reading about the difficult ordeal, faced by a young promising girl caught up in a short-lived marriage that ended in abandonment by her Gambian Swedish-based husband, few days after childbirth. Has taken the initiative to support the girl into further education at the Management Development Institute (MDI).
The story which was first published by the widely read online media platform What’s On-Gambia, followed by an in-depth interview conducted by Gambia Talents Promotion, featured Mariama (not her real name), narrating her ordeal. Due to marriage, she stopped her studies and was a stay at home wife facing immense challenges and difficulties. Her situation became worse when she was divorced by her husband only few days after giving birth to her first child. Leaving her with the sole responsibility to take care of her and her son’s wellbeing. Left in such a situation without employment, made Mariama helpless.
The SaGG Foundation, which is instituted based on empowering the girl child through education, took on the initiative to sponsor Mariama to continue her studies. She is now enrolled at the MDI on a two years course, studying for a qualification on National Diploma in Gender and Development, commencing this July. The Foundation is also supporting Mariama with her transportation cost when traveling to and from school.
Upon receiving this sponsorship opportunity Mariama reacted by saying ‘I’m appreciative and lucky to be the recipient of this scholarship. I am majoring in activism with an emphasis on gender-based violence. I aspire to have a career as an Activist. With this scholarship, I am one-step closer to my goal, without having to worry about any financial burden; this would allow me to focus on my studies. I intend to take this opportunity and immerse myself in all that it presents to better myself, my family, and my country’.
The SaGG Foundation prides itself on using education as the tool to give girls a life of freedom, independence, and a future full of possibilities. Where 100% of all sponsorship goes to the girl’s education. Founded in November 2018, the Charity is now sponsoring 140 girls into education, from nursery through to university. Our Mantra remains the same, Education Changes Everything for A Girl! You can find out more about our work by visiting our social media pages Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
By sponsoring a girl from £10 a month, you will enable her to access education in The Gambia to build a better future for herself and her family.
The SaGG Foundation (Sponsor a Gambian Girl) is a girl’s education movement, with aim of championing the cause for girl child education in The Gambia. Education is a basic human right; our vision is to advocate and pair up girls with sponsors.
100% of your sponsorship goes to the girl's education.
See here how we do it.