About our Children
Child sponsorship is a huge part of the EM mission. Co founder Bird explains:
I sponsored my first child in 2017. He’s a ten year old boy, living in Ghana. He’d been waiting over six months to be sponsored. Sometimes I imagine how he felt when he was told.
I love receiving letters from him. He goes to school, and can write English, and is learning how to use computers, and is now able to play football, he updates me every few months on his life and progress. I have this idea that when he’s 18 and the sponsorship ends I’ll offer him a job as a writer or journalist in Ghana, or support him through University … whatever he wants to do. On the other hand, I also hope he can play football for his country… See how I feel connected to him, and his future. I have hopes and dreams for him. I’ll always be there to help and support that boy. His photo is in my wallet.
Now imagine when EthicalMuch becomes a sizeable social media company. Imagine how many children we could sponsor together… thousands and thousands. This is my vision for EM. After a while it will be a full time job just to respond to all our children’s letters. I believe we can do it. Even in the UK, I believe we can find enough members to sponsor a thousand children or more. What a completely amazing thing that would be.
That’s the vision. Sponsoring thousands of children all over the World, and supporting them however we can, though education and healthcare and materially, perhaps we sponsor them all the way through University, perhaps we give them employment as global Ethical Much representatives, or journalists, or perhaps we just support them in whatever it is that they choose to do with their lives. We can support them, and their children, and their children’s children.
Ethical Much is a social media platform. But it’s also a way to raise children from poverty and support them into adulthood. It’s a system for healing lives, and giving support and assurance and provision.
So how does the Child sponsorship process work?
We contacted the major child sponsorship charities in the UK, and asked them all the same questions. (You can see those questions below.) We were disappointed to find most of them didn’t directly sponsor individual children. Instead the sponsorship was diluted by being used for ‘projects’ within that child’s community.
Whilst this has value, in our opinion it doesn’t have the same impact. There is no end to poverty in communities in poor areas of the World. However, there is a finite number of children. They are individuals, they can be helped, one by one by one. Like the story of the Starfish, if you know it.
It costs £25 a month to sponsor a child through them. We use £1 of every membership fee every month for that purpose, so 25 members equal one child. We aim to keep it at this level.
We also aim to give our members as much information as possible about our children. However, we are constrained by child safety procedures, so we cannot show the children’s faces or full names. We can however say how many we sponsor, where they are, their age and sex, and provide some other information. The child safety rules are sensible. If we show the children we sponsor in an identifiable way, we potentially put those children at risk in their own countries. We’ll do our best to work with CompassionUK to share as much info about our children as we can, without risk.
Here’s the Questions we presented to all the child sponsorship programmes, and the response from CompassionUK, our current preferred charity.
Can a UK registered limited company ( EthicalMuch) sponsor a child? Yes
Is the sponsorship 1 to 1? One child – One sponsor? Yes
Does the child receive the sponsorship? Yes
What percent of the sponsorship does the child receive? At least 80% goes directly to the child. 20% goes towards administrative costs.
In what form does it take? Compassion partners with local churches in 25 developing nations. The local churches identify the neediest families within their communities and a child from the family is enrolled onto the child development programme. Through sponsorship the children are given medical check-ups, a healthy meal when they are attending the project, vocational training (e.g. sewing, hairdressing, mechanics, carpentry), extra tutorial lessons for subjects they may be struggling with at school.
Does the donation support the child’s community? Indirectly, yes.
If so, how? We find that sponsored children give back to their community through sharing the knowledge they acquire while on the programme e.g hygiene education regarding when to wash hands is passed on to family members and communities at large and this stops the spread of waterborne diseases. Monetary gifts that sponsored children receive sometimes result in livestock for the families being purchased which creates self-employment for families.
Can we write to them? Yes, we value both the monetary contribution and the relationship nurtured through letter writing.
Can we see who the child is before sponsoring them? Yes, you can see a photo and a brief description of the child before sponsoring him/her.
Can we send gifts? Yes, you can send monetary donations and flat paper items that can fit in an A4 size envelope e.g. stickers, bookmarkers and books.
Can we send money? Yes. A maximum of £150 a year for an individual child gift. A maximum of £750 a year for a family gift. A maximum of £1,500 a year for a project gift.
Has your sponsorship scheme been externally audited in terms of results? Yes
By whom? ( Link to results if available) https://www.compassionuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/wydick.pdf
Can we visit the children in person? Yes, after a year of sponsorship we can arrange for sponsors to meet their sponsored children.
Can we share a photo of the children online with the members of EthicalMuch.com? (in a password protected area of the site, members are identity authenticated). Due to our Child protection policies this would not be possible.
Can we share a photo of the children to the online audience of EthicalMuch.com (freely available on the internet). Due to our Child protection policies this would not be possible.
Can we share their letters online with the members (in a password protected area? Due to the sensitive nature of the letters that the children sometimes write, this would not be possible.
Can we share their letters online with the audience? (freely available on the internet.) Due to the sensitive nature of the letters that the children sometimes write, this would not be possible.
How many children do you have currently seeking sponsorship? 25,443
If you’d like help with anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us. With every blessing.
25,443 children. Imagine if we could sponsor them all. It would be the biggest thing ever. And it would demonstrate to other media companies and other tech companies how their wealth and influence could be better used.
To sponsor that many children will take 636,075 members. (25 x 25,443) For a social media company, that’s not actually very many!
If we reach that target it will also mean there will be £636,075 in the Good Deed Fund every month. And that’s for all of us to use. Some of it we can use to further support our children. We can also visit them. How exciting!
So there you go. Thank you so so much for being a member of EthicalMuch. As part of your membership we’ll let you know every time we sponsor another child. And we’ll let you know as much as we can about the one you sponsor with 24 other members.
One day that child will be an adult. And when they are, you can be introduced, if they, and you, wish it.
Until then, we’re saving all their letters so you can read them.
You can see our progress, and the next child in line, here.
If you have any questions regarding our child sponsorship process, please let us know. We love talking about it and sharing the passion we have for this aspect of Ethical Much. And if you’re wondering if child sponsorship really makes a difference, read this article , regarding FGM in Kenya.