Sponsor a Child

All the children helped by Divya Shanthi come from impoverished backgrounds – but some families are in especial need. Divya Shanthi encourage sponsors in the UK to help these children by paying school fees and associated costs (books and uniform), and, for kids in the boarding home, covering the cost of caring for them.

Older children (16+) can also be supported with their college fees and boarding costs.

Which Children Are In Need of Sponsoring?

We currently have seven children on our sponsorship waiting list. We don’t include names, dates of birth, photos, or full details on our website or social media, so please do contact us (info@dsms.org.uk) if you’d like to know more about any of these children before making a decision on becoming a sponsor.

A

A. is 15 and has been at Divya Shanthi since he was 9, after the sad deaths of his parents and, later, his aunt. He’s a quiet teenager who is a confident student who enjoys maths, drawing, and reading. He wants to become a police officer when he’s older.

S. (age 13)

S. is 13 years old and has several siblings who are also in Divya Shanthi’s sponsorship program and who live in the boarding home too. He’s been at Divya Shanthi since 2014. He can be a little distractible in class but is an able student, and wants to be a teacher when he grows up.

R.

R. is 9 years old. He lived in the boarding home at Divya Shanthi for several years but now stays with his mother and attends Divya Shanthi school as a day student. Like many of the children in the sponsorship program, he has a difficult family background.

D.

D. is 8 years old and has grown up at Divya Shanthi, as his mother was resident there. Both she and D. live on the Divya Shanthi campus and she helps in the school. D. is very good at reading but struggles with writing. He’s good-natured and very friendly.

S. (age 3)

S. is 3.5 years old and is good at drawing and colouring. He can already write his alphabet in upper and lower case, and knows colors, shapes, animals and the names of vegetables. He’s shy and timid, and quiet in class. He cares for the materials in class and puts things back in their places after using them.

P.

P. is 15 years old and a very attentive and able student, and has done well in his exams. He’s been at Divya Shanthi since 2020.

R.

R. is 9 years old. He was found begging on the streets during Covid, and was brought to the health care clinic by Divya Shanthi’s youth team. He’s now being taken care of in the boarding home. He’s an enthusiastic learner, with a positive outlook and good manners. He works independently, producing careful and neat work.

How Much Does It Cost to Sponsor a Child?

Sponsors give different amounts depending on their own circumstances, and all we ask for is a regular (monthly, quarterly, or annual) donation of whatever you feel you can afford.

The full cost to Divya Shanthi is:

  • Children needing school fees, uniform and books: £214/year (about £18/month)
  • Babies and children in the baby home: £433/year (about £36/month)

Most of our sponsors do not give this much, though some give considerably more. We also have other donors who do not sponsor an individual child: their money helps to support children who are currently waiting for a named sponsor.

How Do I Pay?

Money is taken through DSMS (Divya Shanthi Mission Support) so that we can collect gift aid and keep track of sponsors.

We’ll send you a form to fill in. You can pay monthly or annually, by cheque or by standing order.

I’d Like to Find Out More

Please email us, info@dsms.org.uk, to find out more. You’re welcome to enquire about a specific child on the waiting list (above), or you can let us match you up with a child if you prefer. Let us know if you have any preferences about the age of the child you’d like to sponsor.

Can I Write to My Child?

Yes, definitely! You’ll be sent regular photographs, cards and/or letters from your child (depending on their age). The children are very interested in learning about their sponsors and about England.

If you’re not sure what to write at first, here are a few ideas:

  • Write a little bit about you and your family. You might want to describe a typical week, or write about your job, main activities, or hobbies.
  • Write where you live. Keep in mind that your sponsored child may not know where in the world your town or city is (e.g. you might need to explain it’s in England).
  • Ask questions. Invite your child to write and tell you about their interests and their progress in school.
  • Write about aspects of English life and culture. Anything from the weather (the children in India will never have seen snow) to the food that we eat.

You’re also welcome to send photographs and small gifts.