When you sponsor the core education of a girl, you’re paying for all school fees, a uniform, a backpack, books, school supplies (depending on the grade, this could include notebooks, pens and pencils, or also could include a ruler set and compass), and transportation costs for one girl for one year of school. When you sponsor the Holistic Education of a girl, you are providing her with her core education plus after-school programming, which includes tutoring, camps, health education, extracurricular activities, field trips, parent-teacher conferences and more!
+ How often will I receive updates about the girls?
You will receive quarterly updates about the girls (December, March, June, August). We also love to send at least one yearly update in the mail, so make sure that your e-mail and mailing addresses are up-to-date. If you would like to know additional information about the girls, feel free to e-mail our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you sponsor a girl yearly, it means that every September your sponsorship renews. When you sponsor a girl monthly, it means that the yearly fee is divided into 12 monthly payments. Sponsoring a girl monthly is a recurring commitment. The initial 12-month commitment ensures that the girl(s) you are sponsoring can continue in school for one full year and avoid disruption of classes throughout the school-year. We hope that you will continue on past the 12-month minimum commitment!
We believe in the dignity of each girl and their right to privacy, to not want to be photographed or to have donors know personal aspects of their lives. For this reason we do not ‘match’ a girl to a sponsor, instead each year a group of sponsors, sponsors a group of girls to attend school. In addition to serving as a way to respect privacy, it also helps keep administrative costs down which means more funding is available for education. You can, however, meet a group of girls who do like to be photographed and interviewed!
+ What If I’m having trouble continuing my monthly payments?
We get that unexpected life circumstances change, so we have 3 options for people who are having difficulty making the monthly payments to relieve your burden and also ensure that the girls stay in school. The first option is to “pause” your sponsorship for a month and pick-up the sponsorship afterwards. This means that you would end up paying for one extra month longer to make up for the paused month. The second option is to stop monthly payments and pay for the rest of the school year in one lump sum. The last option is to transfer your sponsorship to someone else. If you are having trouble continuing your monthly payments, contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you choose the best payment plan based on your situation.
+ How many students are in a class? What are the ages? What are the subjects?
Typically there are 45 students in each class. Our pre-school students start at the age of 3 years-old, and we're supporting students through high school. The subjects that they study are Math, Portuguese, English, History, Geography, Civil Moral Education, Art, Music, Natural Sciences, and “Office” (similar to Home Economics). For more information about our girls and the schools, visit our Meet the Girls section below.