Sponsor a Child
Change a Life
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Girl, Age 3
Reema is 3 years old and has just started attending Paalam International School. She was abandoned at birth by her mother, who remarried, and her father left her in the care of his mother (Reema's grandmother) at 15 days old. Reema has never met her mother and has almost no contact with her father. As a result, she believes her Grandmother is her mother.
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Reema lives with her grandmother in a rented property close to the school, which is not very safe nor secure. Reema's wider family (aunts and uncles) are unwilling and unable to take responsibility or help with Reema as they themselves struggle with finances. Reema's grandmother is too old and frail to work, and struggles to bring Reema up and pay for her day to day needs. Reema's school uniform for her to begin school has been provided by our charity partners Paalam Project and urgently Reema requires a sponsor to begin to help with her school fees. It is likely, when Reema turns 5 years old, she will be placed inside Paalam Children's Hostel to help her grandmother and improve Reema's quality of life.
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For £25 a month your sponsored child will have a place at Paalam Children’s Hostel— providing for her physical needs of shelter, food, clothing and basic healthcare, as well as her emotional need for security, in a positive and nurturing environment.
For £20 a month you can ensure that your sponsored child is able go to school. Your sponsorship covers academic materials, school uniform, extracurricular activities and basic health care, including glasses if necessary.
For £45 a month you will provide for all the physical needs of your sponsored child— not to mention the undeniable affirmation that he/she is worth being sponsored, loved, nurtured and provided for. This assurance is priceless, and the love and care they feel from having their needs met is foundational to their sense of security, maturity and identity as precious, invaluable human beings.
'If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.'
What can I expect from my Sponsorship?
Once you make your selection and fill in your details, you’ll be prompted to set up a Direct Debit or Standing Order with The Dust Project to cover the costs of your chosen child. This will come out of your account on a monthly basis. Quarterly, The Dust Project makes a Sterling transfer of these collective funds to Sri Lanka, which provide our Ambassadors, local employees and sister-charity The Palaam Project (click here to find out more) with the allocated funds to buy groceries, clothing, school items and other needs, as budgeted for your child.
After you've signed up to sponsor a child, we’ll send you further information in the mail about him or her. You can expect to receive a letter from your child each trimester. We encourage you, however, to write and introduce yourself as soon as possible, as they’ll be so excited to have a sponsor! Feel free to send photos of your family, have your own children draw pictures or write letters, and begin to develop a relationship with your sponsored child. You are incredibly special to them, and they'll treasure every word they receive from you.
You can post letters to:
The Dust Project
c/o Tiffany Stokely
70 Birchanger Lane,
and we will send them on for you. We kindly ask that only flat mail be sent to us, as we don’t have the budget to be posting loads of gifts to Sri Lanka!
If, however, you strongly desire to send a small gift or meaningful item (or simply prefer to mail your letters directly), please send them— clearly labeled with the name of your sponsored child— to one of the following addresses.
If your sponsored child is in Jaffna, please send to:
The Dust Project
If your sponsored child is in Wattala, please send to:
The Dust Project
22A 1st Lane,
In no way is this a compulsory measure; in fact, we strongly advise that if you must send anything, send simple things they can relate to and enjoy within the context of their families and ‘sisters’ at the hostel. Electronics, expensive clothing, ‘slime’ and things of an impractical nature don’t translate very well. They DO enjoy things like stickers, dolls, school supplies, and small items such as marbles, bouncy balls, drawing pads, etc. And it goes without saying, Sri Lanka is a HOT country and it takes up to 3 months to get things to the children… so chocolates and melting candies don’t bode well.
We — as the Trustees, and all who work alongside us — want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for your selfless generosity of spirit in sponsoring your child. We know there are countless ways to use money every month, and that to give is a sacrifice. However, we also firmly believe that to sow into the life of another human being — who otherwise would have a very difficult time surviving, let alone thriving — is the VERY best investment you could possibly make. Your financial support and connection will inevitably change the course trajectory of their lives, the health of their growing bodies, and encourage the stability of their growing sense of hope and self.