“Kids Sponsor Kids – Child Sponsorship”
Sponsor a Kid in the Name of Your Child to Help Underprivileged Children Live a Proper Childhood.
Join Plan’s “Kids Sponsor Kids – Child Sponsorship” campaign now and sponsor needy children in the name of your own children – you will help children in developing countries live a proper childhood, while your own children will experience the joy of sharing love and compassion with underprivileged children. Through the letters received your children will learn about the everyday life of the sponsored child, and be inspired to help others and care about their community, fostering correct morals and values in life.
Sponsors will receive the Child Sponsorship Manual, as well as the “Kids Sponsor Kids – Child Sponsorship” Certificate. Register NOW! Donate just HK$8 a day, that’s HK$240 a month, to help children in developing countries receive education, and have a proper childhood.
Let a Child be a Child
Living in prosperous, urban Hong Kong, your childhood is probably the happiest and the most peaceful time of your life. Yet around 400 million children in the world are still living under the poverty line, barely surviving with less than HK$10 a day with their families. Around 168 million underprivileged children, aged between 5 to 17 years old, have to drop out of school and are forced to work in order to earn a living; 85 million of them were engaged in hazardous work (such as mining). They never get adequate schooling for a gainful employment, and thus are stuck in poverty for the rest of their lives, making their future generations more likely to become child labour, and fall victim to the vicious poverty cycle. If the problem of child labour persists, millions of children around the world will be robbed of their childhood as a result of poverty.
Collecting rubbish and then selling it to be recycled is a way of life for many street children in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.
Child labour is a serious problem in Nepal, many young girls are forced to take physical work for survival.
Children work to earn a living is a part of city life in Tubmanburg, Liberia, Africa.
Limi: Day In Day Out in the Mines
“Hi, I am Limi. I am 11 years old. I live with my mother and younger brother in Kaseme ward, Geita District, a gold mining region in Tanzania, Africa. Our home is just a small tent made with plastic fabrics. I study hard at school, but still need to work in the mines for 2 hours every morning before my classes, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. Then I have to take care of my brother in the little spare time left. Mine digging is extremely exhausting, which affects my health. Life is so difficult here.
I love going to school because I don’t have to work in the mines during school hours; and if I study hard, I will get a good job when I’ve grown up. My dream is to become a doctor.”
Plan International’s anti-child labour project in Geita mining region strives to protect children like Limi from the worst form of child labour, which poses a serious threat to their health. We hope to help more children return to school and reduce dropout rates.
Jenet: Saving Money for a School Uniform
“I am Jenet. I am 12 years old. I am in Grade 4 and live in Upper West region of Ghana, West Africa. I am selling water melon slices at the market to save money for a new school uniform, as mine has been damaged beyond repair, and my parents cannot afford to buy one for me. I work all day long but still failed to sell enough melon slices. I can only make around HK$5 a day.”
Africa has the highest rate of girls being out of school in the world. Most girls cannot complete primary education, and often miss school because of household chores, lack of financial means, teen pregnancy and other barriers. Both boys and girls, even if they manage to stay in school, still have to face other problems, such as insufficient school materials, the lack of money to buy uniforms and books, and more.
Children enter the workforce because of poverty, leaving them no time for school; without proper education, children are forced to work as child labour – a vicious cycle that is commonly found in developing countries. Plan International believes that in order to lift children out of poverty, development programmes must be adopted to promote child rights in 5 major interrelated areas – Education, Health, Habitat, Livelihood and Building Relationships. Our initiatives for Education include building and equipping schools with books, uniforms and teaching materials, as well as providing teacher training and more, so as to help poor children like Jenet to continue their education.