Child sponsorship is an excellent way to help a child in poverty have enough to eat, clothes, and an education. The hope is that one day they will be able to overcome a cycle of generational poverty. But at P82, we don’t want to wait for a future to begin. We know that empowering the adults in our communities means stronger families. Stronger families can overcome poverty in this generation. We aren’t a child sponsorship ministry.
Never Age Out
Some child sponsorship agencies only allow children in their program, and once those children become teens they are asked to leave, whether they are able to care for themselves- or not. The children in our program graduate higher education, such as college or trade school. They become independent, self sufficient adults, able to care for themselves and eventually their own families. But they stay part of our P82 Family and Community. The first young men to graduate higher education have returned as mentors and role models to the younger children. We are seeing generational change in the community.
Independence is an important part of adulthood. We can’t serve the children in our community without caring for their families. Families in poverty have little opportunities and generational poverty kills any hope that children have. By introducing programs that teach sewing, baking, farming, and soap making to the Guardians, we are giving them the tools needed to be independent.
Child sponsorship helps children have opportunities and a future, but family strengthening gives children opportunities here in the present.