Sponsoring through the Kiwi Sponsorships
Philosophy of the Kiwi Sponsorships
We create direct, personal relationships between each individual child and sponsor. Your money does not go into a pool for the community, it goes straight to that child and their education. Once you are sponsoring a child, it is a relationship for life. We encourage sponsors and students to stay in touch long after their financial support is over - the Kiwi Sponsorships builds family ties that transcend borders.
How it works
It’s incredibly simple – each year, sponsors deposit that year’s school fees into Emma's designated Africa Account. She transfers that money directly to Rose at KAASO who then travels to each school to pay that student's fees. One of the most important elements of the Kiwi Sponsorships is that every cent of sponsors’ money goes straight to the sponsored child – there are no administrative fees or hidden costs along the way.
The total cost of sponsoring a child through the Kiwi Sponsorships is approximately USD $6,000. Students complete four years of secondary school (c. USD $600-800 per year), before going to a 2-3 year vocational course (c. USD $800-1,200 per year). These costs are all-encompassing and include not only school tuition and boarding fees but also all school books, uniforms, requirements, meals, basic medical, stationary – i.e. everything the child needs to live at their boarding school or vocational college for a year.
The total commitment is 6-7 years. After completing their four years of secondary school, we encourage students to branch off to join a vocational course of 2-3 years. This way, students ‘graduate’ from their sponsorships with a certification, a qualification that will allow them to immediately enter the workforce and begin earning money to support themselves – and, in most cases, their families. Students can then save towards upgrading their studies further down the track.
Mentoring & Support
Every step of the way, Rose, Dominic and Emma are there to guide the sponsored students. During the year, Rose keeps in touch with the students and Emma makes regular trips to Uganda to visit the students at both their schools and in their home villages, enabling her to keep sponsors informed of their child's progress. The Kiwi Sponsorships' mission is to not only assist students financially but also to help mentor them and support them through life's challenges.