AGCI’s Education Sponsorship program is truly life changing for the vulnerable children we serve. This month, we’re focusing on what makes our Colombia Education Sponsorship program so different and the amazing children and families that benefit from this program!
All of the children enrolled in our Colombia Education Sponsorship program struggle with learning disabilities or behavioral issues that can make it difficult for them to excel in school. We are so proud to partner with a community-based organization in Colombia that works with these vulnerable families to help children with behavioral issues thrive. This life-changing organization works within a community in Colombia in which 98% of families are in the lowest socio-economic class. Education Sponsorship gives children the tools they need to excel in school through speech therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological support.
Due to economic hardships within many of these children’s families, therapy is often inconsistent because families are unable to pay for these necessary services. Sponsorship fills in the gaps for these families!
Parental Support + Education
Due to stigmas surrounding learning disabilities, many families aren’t aware of the challenges facing their children. Often, if a child isn’t successful in a traditional school environment, they are labeled as uncooperative, unintelligent, or lazy. In Colombia, it is considered normal for a family to remove their child from school if they aren’t doing well academically or behaviorally. This means children with learning disabilities often end up dropping out and staying home, selling items on the street, or working in construction to contribute financially to their families. In some cases, these families also feel ill-equipped to parent their children and relinquish them to government institutions.
Without the knowledge, income, or resources to diagnose and accommodate their children’s learning disabilities, families are unable and unsure of how to move forward. Through our partner in Colombia, we are also able to educate parents on learning disabilities and parenting strategies through parenting classes. This helps more children stay in school and within their families!
This sponsorship program truly prevents children from becoming orphans and helps to break the cycle of poverty for families! And you can be a part of this incredible movement! In addition to regular updates and videos from your sponsored child, when you sign up to sponsor a child in May through our Colombia Education Sponsorship program, you will also receive a handmade craft from your sponsored child!
Learn more about sponsorship by reaching out to our Sponsorship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org through our Colombia Sponsorship page!