Sponsorship is a special kind of giving that creates a relationship between you and the community in which RCP is helping to create real and lasting change. It provides more than the satisfaction that comes with aid for improving the health and well-being of children; it delivers a special opportunity to witness young lives lifted over time. RCP combines the donations you make toward your child with the gifts of other sponsors and donors in order to help make life better for all eligible children in the communities we serve.
- Creates a unique bond between you and a child in need
- Helps benefactors witness firsthand the work that RCP does
- Fosters a meaningful relationship through letters and other correspondence across borders and human boundaries.
How It Works
Sponsoring a Child Comes in Three Easy Steps:
- Choose the type of sponsorship in which you are interested.
- Choose the child you prefer to sponsor.
- Call us or email us to get started.
Getting to Know Your Child
The caring relationship between a sponsor and child starts with a photograph and a biography of your child. It continues and strengthens with letters, shared pictures and opportunities to get to know each other better and develop a loving, lasting relationship.
By seeing life through your child's eyes
Letters and drawings from your sponsored child help you to learn more about daily life through his or her own words and experiences. The letters you receive are in your child's own hand (a parent or sibling may help a child too young to write) as well as in a translation provided by RCP field office staff or volunteers, if necessary. Their carefully drawn pictures and treasured words will help you more fully understand the daily struggles and joys of your child's life.
Celebrating special times
Throughout the year, we will send you special holiday cards that you can fill out and return for delivery to your sponsored child. We'll also provide you with special stationery and suggestions for letters to help you correspond with your sponsored child.
Making a lasting difference
The best part of child sponsorship is that you can actually see the impact your sponsorship is having. You'll receive regular status reports from RCP staff who works with your child, in addition to his or her own letters. You'll also get newsletters and other information from RCP throughout the year. You can see up close and personal the positive changes you are making in the life of a young child and his or her community.
Our Commitment to Child Safety
RCP is deeply committed to conducting its programmes in a manner that is safe for the children we serve and to helping protect the children with whom RCP and our sponsors are in contact. As a charity organisation, we believe that all children have the right to live free of the fear or reality of any form of abuse or exploitation, and we are obliged to create and maintain an environment that aims to prevent these circumstances and promotes the implementation of our child safety policy. We are confident that our sponsors will join us in upholding this policy so that, together, we can do our best to ensure that the children we help remain safe. While the vast majority of individuals have good intentions, we must safeguard against the few who do not. We are sure you understand the need to protect the well-being of the children we help.
While visits to our field work are encouraged, in keeping with our commitment to child safety, all visits to sponsorship families and areas must be coordinated with RCP representatives and notice must be given at least 30 to 60 days in advance. Unannounced visits are not acceptable or permitted in whatsoever matter. Please note that the option to “meet” a sponsored child is only available to individual (one-to-one) child sponsors. Prior to visiting programmes, a community or a sponsored child, an application, release forms and a background check will be required. We hope you understand that these steps are necessary to ensure the safety of children and their families and that these measures will not discourage you from visiting our programmes. Visits can be truly rewarding and life-changing experiences; please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 11 028 8017 to learn more.
Correspondence (For One-to-One Child Sponsors Only)
In our efforts to keep children safe, we also monitor the letters and packages sent to sponsored children. To protect the privacy of all parties, we do not allow children and sponsors to exchange contact information and require that all correspondence be sent through the RCP office IN Johannesburg. Please note that correspondence is only available to individual (one-to-one) child sponsors.
As you can understand, we take any breach of these policies very seriously and, in the unfortunate circumstance that one should occur, we will end the sponsorship relationship.
Thank you for joining us in our efforts to keep the children we help safe by respecting our child safety policy.
Sponsor a child today to give him/her a brilliant future
For more information, please contact us email@example.com or +27 11 028 8017