For families living below the poverty line, the cost of feeding and clothing their children is difficult to manage. Though education is free, children must wear a school uniform and provide their own books and writing materials. This cost can be prohibitive for poor families, and can be one of the obstacles to children remaining in education. Others include the need to look after younger siblings or help in the market. Many children therefore do not complete their education.
Meketa seeks to keep children going to school through its Child Sponsorship Programme.
Sponsors make a regular monthly payment, most of which goes directly to the sponsored child's parents or guardian to help them cover the costs of food and clothing. Sponsored children also receive a school uniform and set of books at the start of the school year.
The cost of medical treatment for the sponsored child or any member of their direct family is included in the monthly payment, should they need it. The sponsored child also receives an annual health check-up at a local clinic.
The Child Sponsorship Programme can help provide a better future for the children of this community.