Sponsorship Q&A

SPONSORSHIP Q & A

1. WHAT DOES MY SPONSORSHIP PROVIDE?

Your monthly sponsorship gift contributes to your child’s education including text books and teacher’s salary. Above and beyond these gifts you are enabling a fellow human being to become aware of their spiritual heritage, which is that they are created in the image of God and are loved by Him. Your sponsorship provides hope and a way toward a future freed from the injustice of forced poverty imposed upon the Dalits through discrimination, lack of education and slave labour.

2. HOW LONG DO I SPONSOR A CHILD?

As students in India graduate from high school in Grade 10, it is our hope that you will remain a part of this child’s life throughout their studies at our Good Shepherd School. At any time, should you wish to cancel or make changes to your sponsorship, simply contact our office.

3. WHAT DO I RECEIVE AS A SPONSOR?

Included in your sponsorship package you will find:

  • Photo and profile of your sponsored child
  • Report of their school and community
  • Form for corresponding with your sponsored child
  • Facts about Sponsorship

What you can expect to receive during the year:

  • Report card of your child’s progress at the end of each school year
  • School photo update, once yearly
  • Letter from your sponsored child
  • By providing your email address to our sponsorship office you will be provided a password to view your child’s photo online; you may also request to receive prayer updates that are sent by email four times a year.

4. HOW DO I COMMUNICATE WITH MY CHILD?

All mail to and from your child will be handled through our DFN Canada office at: PO Box 45645, Surrey, BC V4A 9N3.

  • You may send birthday cards, or greetings cards. Be sure to place your child’s student code on each of your letters and envelope. Letters from sponsors to children are mailed from our office to India at the end of each month.
  • Simple is best. Let your child know a little something about you and about Canada. Perhaps include a photograph of you or your family.
  • Encouragement. Encourage your child in their school work and other interests they may have. What a wonderful way to impact their life! Send greetings to their family members. Tell your child that you are praying for them. You may share a special Bible verse with them.
  • Privacy. Please do not include your return address or phone number as all communications will go through our Sponsorship office and be forwarded to you.

5. CAN I SEND GIFTS TO MY CHILD?

To avoid certain children receiving much and others nothing, we kindly request you consider a gift for the school by making an additional designated financial contribution. However, you may send special cards such as birthday cards, stickers, book marks, pictures of animals or pictures of you and your family, but no gifts please.

6. WHAT IS MY ROLE?

As a sponsor, the role you play in a child’s life is encourager, provider and liberator. Through supporting your sponsored child’s education, you slip the "keys to freedom" into their hands and give them the opportunities that they would never have dreamed possible.

7. WHAT IF MY CHILD DROPS OUT OF SCHOOL?

Some children due to a variety of circumstances may not remain in school through the 10th Grade. If this should happen, and your child leaves the program for whatever reasons, you will be notified and a new child will be assigned to you. While it is always disappointing to lose a relationship with a child ­ even the short time you have cared for them with the gift of education and spiritual input will make a difference in their life.

8. DOES SPONSORSHIP MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

By the very nature of our English education program and Biblical worldview, we are preparing Dalit children for leadership in the future - leadership that will have an effect on their own communities. This English education also gives them the tools to access the job market and choose careers never available to them previously. This training also qualifies them to participate in the positive benefits of globalization. Hope grows and spreads among whole communities when their children are equipped with the tools for a better life and are thriving in a positive, encouraging atmosphere. But most important of all, our sponsorship introduces them to God’s love for them and the gift of freedom offered through Jesus.

9. WHAT MORAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUES ARE TAUGHT AT THE SCHOOL?

One of the most important parts of the education curriculum is providing the children with a Biblical worldview which includes the Genesis story of creation, the Ten Commandments, and the birth and teachings of Jesus. These teachings are reinforced with Bible memory verses, Scripture songs, moral classes based on Biblical stories and the personal care and prayer of the Christian teachers. The parents quickly notice the change in the character and behavior of their children who attend our Good Shepherd Schools.

10. HOW DO GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOLS COMPARE WITH OTHER SCHOOLS IN INDIA?

Our schools are community based and established at the invitation of the local Dalit and backward caste leaders. Our primary focus is Dalit children along with children of other backward and lower castes. We do not discriminate on the basis of caste or religion. We establish our own schools and maintain the management of these schools through responsible National Personnel, while the curriculum is taught by qualified Indian teachers. Most rural government schools do not teach English and education is not always a high priority. Good Shepherd Schools provide education in English as well as their native language.

11. WHAT ABOUT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY?

Dalit Freedom Network Canada is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency, working through its representative Operation Mercy India Foundation (OMIF). Sponsorship funds are administered by Good Shepherd School Managers and designated to your child’s particular school and education tuition. Eighty-five percent of project gifts received are applied directly to the project and 15% towards administration of the project; whereas 80% of sponsorship fees are designated to the education program and 20% towards administration. Income tax receipts are issued under Registered Charity No. 844803544 RR001. DFN Canada is audited annually by an independent accounting firm. Financial statements are available upon request.