Because education is so effective in helping families build a path out of poverty, the Hope for a Family program places a high priority on the education benefit.
Children and youth who are of school age are eligible for CFCA sponsorship as long as they are in school.
Parents in the CFCA program accept this requirement and work hard to keep their children in school. They are committed to helping their children reach their educational goals.
“Many parents of sponsored children didn’t have the opportunity to complete their own education,” said Dan Pearson, CFCA director of international programs. “They want their kids to have more choices and better opportunities that come with a more complete education.”
However, the greatest barrier to education for families in the CFCA program is the cost. That includes direct costs, such as tuition, books and supplies.
It also includes the hidden cost of lost family income when a teenager continues in school instead of working full time.
The families CFCA serves live on very narrow margins. Costs such as bus fare or uniforms can have a very large impact on their lives.
“Sponsorship widens those margins and gives families a little more breathing space, which allows them to keep their kids in school longer,” Pearson said.
During the next few weeks, we’ll present several examples of how sponsorship empowers families to support their children’s education. Today we take a closer look at Kenya. Read more