It costs less than a cup of coffee a day to make a major difference in the life of a child who has so little!
The primary way children can escape the poverty into which they were born, is through education. Many marginalized children are, however, either unable to attend or remain in school due to lack of financial means. Reasons for children dropping out of school can be as basic as parents not being able to provide them with notepad or pencil. Since its inception in 1980, IAT has focused upon assisting the poorest of the poor in the Philippines, many of whom are orphan children.
IAT's Child Sponsorship program is unique in a number of ways
The selection of children for support is conducted by IAT's staff and not contracted out to another agency.
Applicants are screened and house visits are conducted by staff to ensure that the family situation warrants assistance.
Sponsorship is considered a joint effort involving:
the student, the sponsor, the parents and IAT.
Provides opportunities to increase children's confidence, competence, practical skills and leadership abilities
Students are encouraged to take pride in, and maintain the positive aspects of their indigenous culture.
Special training gives that X-factor that will set them apart from others to ensure success in whatever they do.
Provides additional support for students to obtain a college or university degree, instead of drop support after high school.
Students are closely monitored and the staff makes sure that a sponsor's support is being used in the most cost effective way.
Long-term development is always important
Most sponsorship programs terminate a child's support when he or she completes high school. While this helps a child or its family for the few years while support is provided, it does not address sustainability or the bigger picture. A high school education no longer ensures a better life. We have seen how frustrating and disempowering it is for a bright child, keen to go on to college or university, to be denied that opportunity because he or she is no longer a cute little kid with eyes and face pleading for help. If a young man or woman, in a developing country, is going to be an instrument of positive socio-economic change, it is important that they are educated beyond secondary school level.
has always focused upon a sustainable approach to development and to its sponsorship program, which has enabled hundreds of indigent children to graduate from schools and universities during these past 40 years. Our program has produced a number of skilled technicians and the following professionals: teachers, nurses, midwives, medical technicians, accountants, college professors, agriculturalists, foresters, accountants, lawyers, and one doctor. IAT now has young graduates from more than fifty villages in several areas in the Philippines. Many are now in their respective communities working to improve the conditions of their people.
Apart from our main target area of Kalinga province, IAT has provided educational opportunities for children from: Ifugao, Mountain Province, Zambales, Abra, Mindoro, Fuga Island, Manila and outlying lowland areas.
Your sponsorship dollars can provide a lot
Tuition and school fees
Books and school supplies
Room and board
Your support can positively impact young lives in the Philippines and, in return, can enrich your life as well.
My name is Irene Kopel and my wish is that everyone interested in sponsorship can experience what I have as an IAT sponsor-the soul satisfying transformations that sponsorship can bring about in a child when it is done through an outstanding charity.
When you become a sponsor you will:
Receive a photo and personal history of the child you are assisting
Have the opportunity to correspond with the recipient of your kindness
Receive regular communication from your child
Experience the joy of knowing you're making a difference in the life of needy child