The programme targets bright but vulnerable children and youths from all any of the country regardless of their religion, gender and ethnicity. Such vulnerable group shall include but not limited to orphans, those from poor socio-economic backgrounds, neglected children, those affected by HIV/AIDS and war.
To qualify for selection, prospective beneficiaries’ must fulfill the following requirements:
- They must be school going children. The Foundation does not sponsor pre-school activities like day care and nursery school.
- They must be financially needy. To eligible, prospective beneficiaries would have proven that financial resources in their immediate families are inadequate to support a quality education for them.
- The children should be bright, disciplined, God fearing and must show willingness to study.
- The children must be performing at a level consistently higher than average in their two previous school assessments (school reports).
- Special consideration shall be given to children who meet school requirements but are also socially vulnerable and are potentially exposed to physical and emotional abuse.
- The beneficiary must be disciplined and must demonstrate sustained good behavior both at school and in the community.
In general sponsorship means provision of tuition fees, scholastic materials and accommodation to beneficiaries. It also includes counselling and training of beneficiaries in life skills. The sponsorship package depends on the level of education, the requirements of the level of education, the specific social – economic status of the respective beneficiary (vulnerability).
The Foundation works directly or indirectly through; volunteers, schools, religious and community leaders, former and current beneficiaries. The Foundation notifies volunteers about the Foundation’s education charity work and the principles on which sponsorship is extended to beneficiaries.
1. The Application Process
The Foundation receives applications for sponsorship in a number of ways including
a) Walk-in applicants.
b) Referrals from education institutions, other child charity NGOs and/or other partners.
c) Referrals from community leaders.
d) Referrals from current or ex-beneficiaries.
e) Referrals received by the resident volunteers.
Applications will as a minimum include the 3 latest report cards from the applicants’ former school and explanation from the applicant as to why they should be sponsored by the Foundation.
The objective of screening is to ensure that the target group and eligibility criteria are met. Here applications are reviewed and independent checks were necessary are conducted. Emphasis is put on the following;
a) Look at the bio-data of the applicant and education history.
b) Distance from current schools attended or future schools.
c) The quality of education at the nearest schools.
d) Applicants living condition at their homes.
e) The social support environment of the beneficiaries.
Results from the screening process will inform the content of the sponsorship package for each applicant. This may vary between either provisions of tuition fees only or with scholastic materials and accommodation as well.
3. Vetting/Approval Process
Successful applicants from the screen will be shorted and issued with an applicant form. They will be required to attend interviews in person and/ or with their parent/guardian for consideration. After the interviews applicants shall be ranked into successful, prospective and not successful. All applicants shall then be notified accordingly. Families and guardians of the successful applicants are contacted and a memorandum of understanding signed with the foundation.
The Foundation may, however, recruit certain persons for sponsorship in cases, that may be considered as emergencies on notification by parents and/or community leaders without following the above process.
The Foundation reserves the right to determine whether the recommended candidate is fit for sponsorship or not.