Sponsor a Child
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Children are very precious to God, and yet they are the ones most affected by poverty which itself is multifaceted. Sponsor a Child gives us the chance to contribute amid our challenges. Giving back and choosing to help the world’s most vulnerable community is a gift, and part of realising our Christian values. Ultimately, child sponsorship through charity-based organisations can have a powerful impact on the youth and instill charitable values from a young age. As mentioned in ‘Fratelli Tutti’, authored by Pope Francis, charity is what fulfils the commandments “the way God wants them to be fulfilled”. Essentially, without charity, the virtues are just habits that appear as moral values and don’t take into account the extent to which they foster openness and union with others. Sponsor a Child is an attempt to instill a sense of charity in our young people, right from the formative years.
The Beneficiary Organisation:
Snehamandiram Psycho-social Rehabilitation Centre is situated in Padamughom, Idukki District with a patient community of 360, of which a significant number are suffering from physical and mental problems. Snehamatha Balamandiram and St. Antony’s Boys’ Home are part of this trust wherein 58 children, who are either orphans or their family are unable to take proper care of them, live and pursue for a bright future. For this purpose, the trust offers them a plethora of opportunities including curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. They study in CBSE and state English and Malayalam, based on their academic aptitude and abilities. They are given tuitions regularly to get additional help, in particular for slow learners.
Current situation of the Beneficiary Organisation:
The institution is currently finding it challenging to meet the needs of day-to-day activities, as there is no proper source of income. They purely depend on support from the public to support the children, and more recently, the number of kids they have also been increasing. As a result, any help provided is much needed and can make a big difference.
Plan for Sponsorship:
|Category||Amount per year||Number of children sponsored|
|Student in Kerala State Board||$750||2|
|Student in CBSE||$550||1|
|Student – Electrical Engineering||$900||1|
|Student – General Nursing||$1300||1|
SMYM holds an Australia-wide fundraiser (Sponsor a Child) from the start of 2021 till Easter (early April), to collect enough money for support and sponsor five children. Through setting a target of five sponsorships, it will be a rigorous campaign to collect the necessary funds during the first few months of 2021.
How to Contribute?
- Consolidating collections (through fundraisers and individual contributions) at Parish/Mission level and then sending it to the Youth Apostolate account.
Account Name: Syro-Malabar Youth Account
BSB: 083 347
Account: 88 785 5164
Reference: Sponsor_Your name or Parish/Mission name
- Individual/ family/ team contributions can be done via this page. Please refer to the top Donation Section.
What can you do?
It becomes each one of our responsibility to do our best to share the cause and help raise money to support the wider community. It is recommended that we remain conscious of this being a tradition we run annually.
- PRAY (Pray for this new initiative of SMYM)
- PARTNER (Contribute to Sponsor a Child and partner with SMYM for this annual project)
- PROMOTE (Promote this initiative through social media and small groups)