News: Our direct sponsorship for children with special needs and for school children
Back to Life is bringing back its direct sponsorships. We have decided to introduce this sponsorship model again, as all too often we are encountering very poor, ill-fated children that require sustained support, yet are not covered by our regular project areas. Without support these children will probably never get a chance to receive an adequate education or urgently needed medical help. Back to Life wants to reach out to these kids and support them through tailored individual sponsorship. We invite you to join us!
We are offering two new options besides the well-known Birth Centre Sponsorship and School Sponsorship:
1. DIRECT SPONSORSHIP FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN (from poor families in our project areas) -> Monthly support per child: 50 EUR
2. DIRECT SPONSORSHIP FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (social orphans, children with disabilities, extreme hardship cases, and medical emergencies) -> Monthly support per child: 75 EUR
As part of these new sponsorship models, you will have many opportunities to engage with your sponsored child:
• You will receive two reports per year with pictures, following the development of the child and its family
• We will facilitate letter exchange via e-mail between you and the sponsored child (frequency may vary depending on age and language skills)
• We offer the opportunity to visit your sponsored child in its home village in Nepal (travel costs not included
• We also buy presents for your sponsored child according to your ideas and budget (costs for presents not included)
The number of direct sponsorships is limited in order to guarantee high quality in our support for children and sponsorship management. If you are interested to become a sponsor, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +49(0)6172-6626997.
As an example of our new direct sponsorship models, please meet Jay Prakash. Fortunately, the little boy has already found a sponsor and is now able to receive support through Back to Life:
LIVING WITH ONE HAND - JAY IS UNSTOPPABLE
It is the nightmare of all parents: an everyday situation gets out of control and your own child is so badly injured that it has to suffer the consequences for his entire life. Jay Prakash was only 6 months old when he tripped and fell into the open fire place at his home.
The right side of his torso, his head, and his right hand got burned badly. His family from the village of Ratapani in Mugu did everything they could to save his life. They took him to a hospital and heavily indebted themselves to cover the treatment costs. Fortunately, the boy’s life could be saved. However, his right hand had to be amputated and his scalp remained disfigured.
His father still works as a day labourer in India to look after his family and settle the debt. Today, Jay is 9 years old and holding his ground. His disability is severely restricting him, yet he’s pushing through these difficulties and tries to keep up with his peers. In Mugu, living with disabilities can be especially hard as infrastructure is not adjusted to special needs and social marginalisation is often exacerbating the physical issues. This is also Jay’s experience – the other children in his village rarely want to play with him. The boy is traumatised, intimidated, and often lonely.
Our Back to Life-team has spotted him by chance at his home village, which is not actually part of our project sites. Nevertheless, as his story has deeply touched us we have decided to help him living a full and dignified life. With the kind support of a Back to Life-sponsor, we have now moved Jay into a facility for children with disabilities in Gamghadi, where he will be taken good care off. The private Thapa Memorial Secondary School with an attached boarding home is the only option to give the boy the support he needs, whilst still residing in relative proximity to his family. Although he will now see his parents and siblings less frequently, the contact with other children who have similar limitations as he does is comforting the boy. After only a few weeks he has found playmates and impressed everyone in the boarding school with his strong will and team spirit.
At the moment, the teachers are still assessing which grade would be the best match for his skill level. He will certainly have to catch up on some basic as well as English. Yet, everyone is confident that Jay will make it - he really is a fighter. During the next school holidays, we will take him to Kathmandu for medical tests and examinations. Maybe he might also be equipped with a prosthesis. Anyway, Jay will surely find his path.
Pictures (c) BTL 2018