The children who are currently in need of sponsorship are detailed below. The current cost of sponsoring a child is £20 per month or £240 per year. Further details about how sponsorship works are at the bottom of the page. Thank you so much for your support.

The yellow 'Sponsor monthly' or 'Sponsor yearly' buttons beside each child link to PAYPAL where you can opt to pay using paypal or with a credit/debit card.  If you would prefer to set up a Standing Order via online banking, our bank details can be found on the Standing Order Mandate form above.

Madhan Kumar
Madhan Kumar

Madhan Kumar is currently in 1st Std. He has a younger sister who is studying in LKG.  His father is the main breadwinner of the family but sadly he is an alcoholic and wastes his money on gambling and alcohol.  His mother is ill-treated by his father.  She works in the fields to try and help support the family.  His mother is often sick and his elderly grandparents help by providing the basic needs for the family.   Madhan Kumar loves drawing and wants to become a soldier when he is old enough.  Madhan Kumar needs a sponsor parent to give him the financial support he needs to keep in education into the longer term. His birthday is 1st March 2013.

Pruthvi
Pruthvi

Pruthvi is currently in 1st Std .  His father is a mason and is on a very poor salary which is insufficient for the family to live on. Often Pruthvi is left with his grandparents so that his parents can go to the cities to earn more money, migrating from place to place to make ends meet. Pruthvi loves singing and drawing, he is good at studying and loves extracurricular activities. Pruthvi needs a sponsor parent to support his education and help him to become an engineer. His birthday is 24th January 2014.

Uday-Kiran
Uday-Kiran

Uday Kiran is currently in 4th Std .  He has two sisters, Prarthana studying at the same school and a younger sister who has not yet started school. Uday Kiran's father is a farmer, he has his own piece of land and cultivates it but it is not enough to support the family.  He is forced to travel to the city to find construction work in the summer as his land is not able to be cultivated in the summer due to the scarcity of water. Uday Kiran is an ambitious student and works very hard. He wants to become an engineer. The whole family, would be very grateful for financial assistance to help to make his dreams become a reality. His birthday is 1st September 2012.

Sujan
Sujan

Sujan is the youngest of 3 children.  His parents are both coolie workers and their earnings are insufficient for the daily needs of the family.  Sujan's favourite sport is cricket, and his ambition is to become a policeman when he gets older. He is looking for a sponsor parent to take an interest in his education and to support him in his studies. His birthday is 2nd February 2013.

Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar is the oldest child in his family  He is a very bright student and his favourite subject is computing.  His hobbies are drawing, reading and acting.  He wants to be a soldier in order to protect his country. His birthday is 9th March 2006.

Augustin
Augustin

Augustin is currently in UKG at Loyola Kapepaladi School in Pannur.  He is the youngest child in the family.   His father, Arogyappa is a mason and goes in search of jobs in neighbouring districts. His mother, Ambamma is a coolie worker and takes care of the family.  It is a real struggle to provide all the basic needs of the family.  Augustin is a very loving and innocent little boy.  He is a bright student and is interested in drawing, singing and dancing.  He loves watching cartoons. Augustin would be grateful for someone to sponsor him.  His birthday is 6th May 2015.

Lakshmi
Lakshmi

Lakshmi is currently in 5th Std at Loyola Kapepaladi School in Pannur.  Her mother and father are both coolie workers but as they do not get any work in the village, have gone to the city in search of work and Lakshmi has been admitted to the school hostel whilst her parents are working away. Lakshmi is very active and loves drawing and playing outdoor games.  She is a very clever girl, enjoys her studies and wants to become a teacher.  Lakshmi desperately needs someone to take an interest in her and offer her the financial assistance she needs to continue her education and achieve her long term ambition. Her birthday is 19th May 2009.

Vinay Kumar
Vinay Kumar

Vinay Kumar is currently in 4th Std at Loyola Kapepaladi School in Pannur.  His parents Veeresh and Gangamma are farmers and they cultivate paddy, cotton and sunflowers.  They struggle to make ends meet as their crop depends on rain fall and they often suffer loss in the cultivation. Vinay is spontaneous in his actions and firm in what he thinks.  He does not like to miss any classes and is always very punctual.  His long term goal is to become a doctor and treat the sick in the village.  Vinay would love for someone to be able to offer him the financial assistance and take an interest in him and achieve his long term ambition to be a doctor.  His birthday is 9th January 2012

How does sponsorship work?

Our sponsorships are for children at Loyola Kapepaladi school.  It costs £240 per year - just £20 per month or 66p per day - to sponsor a child aged 3 - 14, so from Classes BKG (Baby Kindergarten)  through to 8th Standard, when they move on to Loyola Xavier School and the sponsorship continues for 9th and 10th Std.  After 10th Std, the student is encouraged to proceed to Loyola College for their PUC (or Sixth Form) and, hopefully their 3-year Degree.

Every penny of your sponsorship will go directly towards sponsoring your child. Nothing whatsoever is deducted for administration or bank charges. Supporting Dalit Children is run completely voluntarily; no salaries are paid and the trustees and their families fund all office and travel expenses.

It is entirely up to you how long you choose to sponsor a child for, but it would be extremely helpful if you could commit to a minimum five year period, or for the length of a child's education.

Each child has a School Profile with their photograph, date of birth (if known - many Dalit children have never celebrated a birthday), their family background and their aspirations. A copy of the child's School Profile will be sent to each sponsor parent. The child will either draw a card, or write to their sponsor parent twice a year, at Easter and Christmas.  Supporting Dalit Children will distribute all the letters.  Regular updates about the school the child attends will also be sent to each sponsor parent.

Why sponsor a Dalit child?

Sponsoring a Dalit child will give him or her a life-changing opportunity - a future with real prospects away from poverty and oppression.

Each child at Loyola Kapepaladi school is enrolled because their family circumstances are in great need.  Financial sponsorship for these children is necessary as their families cannot afford to pay for their education.  Each family is asked to contribute a small amount towards the school fees, and concessions are given for the families in the greatest needs - single parent families for example.  In reality the parents' fee payments to the school are woefully small and so each sponsorship helps to subsidize the cost of educating a child.  Parents are also asked to contribute to the school fees as this creates a partnership with the school (rather than a feeling of charity), and places more importance within the family on their child's education. In recognition of the sponsorship a child is given, parents will help the school 'in kind' wherever they can, by digging foundations for building projects for example, and they do this work willingly. This way, even though contributing towards the school fees is a financial sacrifice for the family, parents retain their self-respect as they are doing literally all they can do for their child.

Sponsorship pays for the lion share of each child's education and living expenses, and includes the cost of uniform, shoes, teachers' salaries, school books, exam fees, excursions, food, and hostel fees if these are necessary.

More Information

If you would like more information about sponsoring a child please contact us.  Dinah has the information about each child and is very happy to explain anything you are unsure about.  Please call her on 07909 705125 - the number is also at the top of the page.

Gift Aid – are you a tax-payer?

If you pay tax we can reclaim Gift Aid on your donations. We would be most grateful if you could complete and return the Gift Aid form to us.

Can I donate more generally to child sponsorship without having an attachment to one particular child?

Yes. Any donation, however small is welcomed and will help another Dalit child to be educated. Please go to our Donations page to make a donation by credit card or PAYPAL. You can also send a cheque made payable to "Supporting Dalit Children" to: Fillets Farm, Hunsdon, Herts, SG12 8QA.  Thank you.