Your transition options

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A range of options are available to help you continue making a difference in children's lives overseas. Please browse the transition options available below, and let us know your preference by completing the form at the bottom of the page.

Option #1 - Priority Sponsorship

As a Priority Sponsor, your gift will be used on the highest priority and urgent needs every month, making a true global impact and touching the lives of people in need across many countries.

Priority Sponsorship is also the most efficient way to give, keeping our admin costs lower and enabling your gift to have the maximum possible impact, wherever it's needed most.

Priority Sponsors help solve vital and urgent needs.

Around the world,

  • 3.1 million children under 5 years old die each year from poor nutritionLink
  • 57 million children remain out of schoolLink
  • Nearly 1,000 children die every day due to preventable water and sanitation-related diseasesLink

As a Priority Sponsor, your gift will be used on our highest priority needs every month, making a true global impact and touching the lives of people in need across many countries.

With active projects throughout Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean, there are endless ways that your sponsorship will be used to address the causes of poverty and injustice. Some examples are:

  • Providing clean water and sanitation facilities including tanks, pumps and toilets
  • Creating access to education by improving school facilities and training teachers
  • Improving living conditions by training local communities in hygiene, maternal health and disease prevention
  • Giving parents tools to lift their families out of poverty by starting a small business
  • Running community workshops to protect families and children from the techniques used by human traffickers

Option #2 - Sponsor an area of need

You can choose to transfer your sponsorship to child-focused community projects in the areas of Education or Water & Health. Choosing this option aligns your passion with a global impact that will change the lives of thousands of children overseas.

Sponsor Education

You can provide a brighter future for children by opening the door to education.

Around the world, 57 million children remain out of school and 103 million youth lack basic literacy skills. It's estimated that 50% of children out of school live in conflict-affected areas.Link

As a Sponsor for Education, you will help break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children have access to safe and effective schools, well-trained teachers, and a wide variety of other educational programs that lead to healthier and more prosperous futures.

You can support The Salvation Army's vital schooling and education programs throughout the developing world. Some of the ways you'll make a difference are:

  • Ensuring adequate equipment and facilities for schools
  • Training and developing teachers
  • Delivering life-saving training courses, such as workshops that educate vulnerable communities on the techniques used by human traffickers
  • Providing adult skills and training courses that help parents and communities create better environments for children to grow up in

Sponsor Water & Health

You can provide a brighter future for children and save lives as a sponsor for Water & Health.

Each day, nearly 1,000 children around the world die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases. 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines, and 1.8 billion people rely on contaminated water sources.Link

Poverty and poor health are strongly linked. With limited access to clean water and poor hygiene practices, children are often sick and cannot attend school. Their communities struggle with preventable disease and ongoing malnutrition. 

As a sponsor for Water & Health, you will help save lives by giving children access to things that we take for granted every day – fresh water, clean toilets, and basic healthcare training.

You can support The Salvation Army's vital water, health and sanitation projects around the world. Some of the ways you'll make a difference are: 

  • Installing water pipes, tanks, taps and toilets in schools and communities
  • Educating children and communities about good hygiene practices, nutrition, maternal and child health and disease prevention
  • Training health workers and birth attendants
  • Building capacity to advocate for health services
  • Empowering people living with a disability through community-based rehabilitation
  • Facilitating home-based care and support for people living with HIV

Option #3 - Sponsor a project

You can choose to transfer your sponsorship to a child-focused community project. Please browse the options below to see the projects that are currently available. Please note that projects listed here are subject to change – once a project has been fully funded, it will be removed from this list.

WASH

South Africa

About this project

The people in the Zululand District Municipality of the KwaZulu Natal province live on harsh and dry land. In the early 1900s, a Land Commission partitioning resulted in about two-thirds of Zulu land – including the most fertile areas – being taken away. A severe drought in 2015-2016 has created today’s current shortages of drinking water. Communities have become reliant on dirty river water for drinking and household use.

Even this water is scarce: women and girls walk many kilometres to collect it. The people living in the Zululand District Municipality know drinking river water is unsafe, but they have no choice. Added with the fact that about 40% of people in the area do not have sanitation facilities, and the community has high rates of open defecation, it is easy to understand why sickness and death is unavoidable.

A study of the project area at the commencement of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project revealed:

  • 72% of households reported a case of diarrhoea in the past six months.
  • 98% of households do not have water sources “close by”.
  • 83% of households reported their water is unsafe for drinking.

Your impact

The good news is, your sponsorship dollars will go a long way to improving this. Your support enables the South Africa Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program to build the capacity of communities to manage their own, clean water sources and teach correct hygiene practices to ensure good, long-term health.

Your sponsorship enables:

  • The installation of water tanks and pipes in isolated communities, including in schools.
  • The building of 24 community boreholes.
  • The construction of toilets, hand washing facilities and waste disposal pits in 10 schools and communities.
  • Education for schools and communities on good hygiene practices.
  • The development of gardens along rivers to reduce erosion.

This impact of your support will be:

  • Reduced reliance on river water for drinking and bathing, resulting in the reduced incidence of water-borne infections.
  • Increased willingness of men to collect water and maintain hygiene.
  • Improved health so children and teachers can attend school – and adults can work.
  • Reduced use of forests for defecation.
  • Improved knowledge of good hygiene practices in schools and the community.
  • Increased capacity of local communities to manage water sources.

SIMBA

Kenya

About this project

The Salvation Army Kenya East has been working in the field of anti-human trafficking for some time. The SIMBA project builds on a pilot program and focuses on four key areas: prevention, research, advocacy and coalition building/coordination. Three ‘hot spot’ locations will be the focus – urban areas such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Thika, 10 rural communities and a coastal cluster. 

As well as educating targeted communities, community and religious leaders, other churches, transport companies and police, school children will also benefit. The project intends to strengthen, support and facilitate the formation of Rights of Children Clubs known as (ROC CLUBs) in the three communities to promote awareness on human trafficking, understanding children rights and child protection in schools. Many of the issues addressed within the child rights clubs are issues that would impact on children’s vulnerability to trafficking and therefore all children in the community would benefit. 

Your support will contribute to:

  • At least 60 communities trained in ways to recognize, prevent and report trafficking
  • At least 2,148 adults and children trained in Train the Trainer in six communities
  • ROC Clubs formed in schools, providing children with a space and platform to air their views and to be role models and to learn to speak confidently with adults
  • Children understanding human trafficking and having the appropriate means through which to report attempts to traffic them

Joyville Project

Philippines

About this project

The Salvation Army believes that children have a right to be with their family where it is safe. Our Joyville Project provides a vital link in making this a reality for children in the Philippines.

Joyville has transitioned from providing long-term accommodation to providing temporary care for at-risk children. The Philippine Government’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provide referrals for children to Joyville, whose needs cannot be met by their families for a period of time. Social workers at Joyville have case management plans for each child and assess for reintegration to the family or alternative care options, to ensure that the children’s length of stay does not become long-term.

One pertinent quote from a mother in the community further reaffirms the importance of family: 'It doesn’t matter how poor we are, being together as a family is the most important thing to us.'

This project emphasises strengthening families within the community to prevent family separation by addressing the root causes of poverty which impact a family's ability to provide for their own children. Through improving circumstances, livelihoods and capacity of families, it not only make’s family reintegration possible for children temporarily in Joyville, it prevents the family circumstances which make children vulnerable to deprivation and admission into the Joyville in the first place.

Where the family situation is not conducive for safe re-integration, the long term alternative care options arranged include Kinship care (the care of children by relatives) foster care or supervised independent living for older children. This way, children are not being unnecessarily raised in an institution.

Option #4 - Sponsor a school

You can choose to transfer your sponsorship to a child-focused centre such as a school. Your gift will be used to provide for children by helping meet the day-to-day running costs of that centre. If you choose this option, there are some important conditions to be aware of:

  • Sponsoring the day-to-day running costs of a school or centre is not considered tax-deductible by the Australian Government. If you choose this option, we will be unable to provide you with a tax-deductible receipt.
  • Overseas schools and centres are often not resourced to provide regular news and stories to us. We will do our best to provide you with regular updates, but please be aware there may be prolonged periods where we do not receive any new information.

Kuywa Special School

Kenya

About this centre

For children living with psychological and neurological conditions, Kuywa represents safety and respect.

Students are taught life skills that encourage independence, such as cooking and personal care. Vocational classes, such as woodworking, equip them with skills they need to earn an income in the future.

Your support will ensure children with special needs are treated with dignity and offered the opportunity to receive an education.

Mi Casita Day Care Centre

Ecuador

About this centre

Mi Casita ('my little house' in Spanish) is a long day care centre in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. It offers long day care for up to 40 preschool children and after-school care for 120 primary school students.

Students participate in age-appropriate educational activities and homework support is available for older children. All children are given nutritious meals daily and a paediatric nurse visits the centre regularly.

With your support, students at Mi Casita can continue to receive quality educational assistance, empowering them to complete their education.

Great Bay Basic School

Jamaica

About this centre

Great Bay Basic School promotes early childhood education in the Great Bay area, Jamaica.

Catering for children aged three to five, the school also provides nutritious meals, uniforms and other clothing (if required). Many children who have attended the school are admitted into Grade Two upon entering primary school, as they already demonstrate a good understanding of Grade One skills.

With your support, educators at Great Bay Basic School can continue to promote the importance of early childhood education and its impact on future success.

Joyland Special School

Kenya

About this centre

Joyland Special School provides quality education to children living with a disability.

With support from experienced teachers, students are exceeding educational expectations. Talent is also displayed in sport and music.

Your support will ensure students at Joyland are offered equal opportunity to receive a quality education and build a brighter future.

Matumaini School of Hope

Tanzania

About this centre

Matumaini is a primary boarding school for disabled and albino children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

It is the largest residential school of its kind in the country and the curriculum meets the highest educational guidelines as set by the Ministry of Education. Trained teachers encourage each child to reach their full potential and resident medical staff provide expert physical care.

With your support, students will be nurtured to success and empowered to succeed beyond school.

Study Guide Programs

Myanmar

About this centre

Study Guide programs offer a quality education to children in communities across Myanmar.

Most students come from families who cannot afford to send them to school. Without a basic education, it is difficult for these children to break the cycle of poverty.

At Study Group, students learn basic literacy and numeracy skills and can access study support for final exams.

Your support will allow children in Myanmar to receive a quality education in their local area. Through education, these children can build a brighter future and positively impact generations to come.

School for Visually Impaired

Kenya

About this centre

Thika School for the Visually Impaired provides learning facilities for children whohave a vision impairment. Close to the town of Thika, the school has modern facilities such as piped water, sewer services, electricity and close proximity to medical facilities.

Thika School was the first of its kind to offer education to the blind population in Kenya. It has about 250 students, 32 teaching staff and over 20 non-teaching staff.

Five programs are offered to children:

  • Kindergarten
  • Special Class
  • Braille Class
  • Low Vision
  • Braille Learners 

Joytown Boarding School

Kenya

About this centre

Joytown Boarding School in Thika is a place of hope for children with disabilities and their families. It boards 300 children, many of whom have physical and mental disabilities or both.  In additional to receiving an education, children are taught basic skills such as feeding and personal hygiene and enjoy swimming and music lessons.

In a country like Kenya where there are still prejudices against people with disabilities, children are hidden by their families. A place like Joytown opens a whole new world to these children.

Thalampitiya Pre School

Sri Lanka

About this centre

Thalampitiya pre-school offers education to children whose families come from low socio economic areas. The pre-school provides vital early education in a safe and uplifting environment.

Your support will allow The Salvation Army in Sri Lanka to continue to provide quality teaching with quality resources, giving young children the foundation they need to succeed at school and onto further schooling and employment.

Remote School Support

Indonesia

About this centre

The Salvation Army Indonesia runs approximately 100 schools, nearly 60% of which are in remote areas of Central Sulawesi. The standard of education is below the national average because the schools lack equipment and skilled teachers.

Your support of these schools will provide much needed basic equipment such as chalk boards, writing materials and books (text and story books) as well as support for teachers. To meet the national standards, a program to improve teacher competencies will equip teachers with more interactive ways of teaching.

What next?

Once you've decided how you'd like to transfer your sponsorship, please let us know using the form below. We'll update your information, and your sponsorship transition will automatically take effect from 1 July 2018 unless you've directly been advised otherwise (for example, if the child you sponsor turns 18 or leaves the program prior to this date).

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