Last week we blogged about Rachel in Kenya, who received a school uniform through money saved from sponsorship benefits.
Providing children with the required uniform, books and supplies does not guarantee they will learn. The quality of the school has a significant impact on the child’s education.
Manjula lives in the Rasulpura slum in Hyderabad, India, with her two children. Her 12-year-old daughter, Aarthi, is sponsored through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program. Manjula earns about $60 a month as a maid.
She has switched Aarthi to a different school twice because of overcrowded classrooms. One class of Aarthi’s had 60 schoolchildren.
“It became very difficult for the children to follow the class,” Manjula said. “There was no personal attention towards the children.”
Manjula uses Aarthi’s sponsorship funds to help pay the higher school fees at Aarthi’s current school.
“It is a better school in our locality,” Manjula said. “Each class is in a separate room. Benches are there. Teachers are also good.”
Like CFCA projects in Kenya, the Hyderabad project deposits sponsorship funds into a child account. Parents decide how to use the funds with oversight from their CFCA social worker.
CFCA sponsorship can impact other siblings in the family, too. Because Aarthi is sponsored, Manjula belongs to a CFCA mothers group. She borrowed money from her group’s collective savings program to send her son to school.