We have 80 Special Stars (orphans or vulnerable children) on our Special Star Sponsorship Programme and new children are put forward all the time. We never turn a child away even if we have no sponsor at the time, trusting that God will provide. The cost of sponsorship is R140 per month and this covers school fees, uniform and stationery (the core team does the buying).
Sponsorship is an important commitment to building a relationship. Even overseas sponsors keep in touch with their Special Star via the project team. Most of these children do not have anyone who treats them as a special star and who they can look to for moral and spiritual guidance.
To help grow the connection we have at least 3 functions annually (July holidays, December and January). We also have regular contact with the Special Stars through maths club, home visiting and other initiatives. Sponsors are given their Special Star's birthday and we ensure they are given some background plus a contact number. We encourage this relationship to grow and have seen the impact on the children when sponsors take this job seriously.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me." Matthew 26:40