Under Tong-Len’s Child Sponsorship scheme, children living in extreme poverty in slum camps in north India are given the opportunity to attend school full-time whilst living in one of the Tong-Len hostels. All money raised in sponsorship goes towards the support of the children. For most of the children, living in the hostel is their first experience of a secure family life.
The hostel children attend Dayanand School, an English medium school in Dharamsala. A few of the older children in their final two years have transferred to Kangra Valley School which has good options for arts and commerce.
The cost for one child to attend school and live in the hostel is 75,000 rupees per annum, which is about £800 at the current rate of exchange. As this is a considerable sum to seek from any one sponsor, most children have up to five sponsors.
All sponsors are given details, photos and regular progress updates of the children they are supporting and are able to communicate with them if they wish by email or post to the hostel.
Child sponsorship not only provides an education, it also provides some of the joys of childhood to children who have known nothing but the hardships of hunger, disease, begging and scavenging.
If you would like to become a sponsor or have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.