The Sponsorship Program plays an integral part in APUFRAM International’s fundraising efforts for the work of our partners in Honduras. At the present time, over 200 young people attending APUFRAM schools have personal connections to their “padrinos” in the United States through the program. These students’ sponsors make a commitment to donate a set amount of money which will be used to help provide them food, shelter, and the opportunity of an education. APUFRAM beneficiaries being sponsored range in age from pre-school through high school level and include the mothers at Margarita Cook.
Becoming one of our sponsors means:
– Being part of a special group of “padrinos.”
– Establishing a unique personal relationship with a child in need.
– Having the opportunity to meet your student in person.
– Providing your child a way to escape poverty through education.
– Watching your young person grow and achieve his/her goals.
– Interacting with our network of translators who will help you communicate with your child, if necessary.
How It Works
Individuals who choose to be sponsors are asked to donate $30 monthly (or $15 if they are students themselves). This is only a suggested amount—those who have the means are encouraged to give more, and lesser amounts are graciously accepted from those sponsors who are unable to send the suggested amounts. Sponsorship donations can be sent monthly, quarterly, annually or at whatever interval is convenient for the sponsor.
All sponsorship donations go into the general fund that supports all of the students at APUFRAM sites. In this way, each student receives benefits equally with no distinctions made between those children who have more supportive sponsors and those who don’t.
Why Assign Individual Students to Sponsors
If all sponsorship donations go into the general fund, the question is sometimes asked why individual students are assigned to our sponsors. The primary reason this is done is to give sponsors a personal link to the mission and to provide the children a link through their sponsors to another part of the world. Students are grateful that someone has a special interest in their wellbeing and progress in school. Through correspondence the student and sponsor can develop a personal relationship. The child will learn about life outside of their country, and the sponsor will learn about the realities of life lived in poverty and how they affect their student’s view of the world. Should sponsors have the opportunity to travel to Honduras to visit the mission, they will be able to meet and visit with their sponsored boy or girl.
How to Become a Sponsor
Anyone interested in sponsoring a child should notify the sponsorship coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or via postal mail at the following address:
APUFRAM International P.O. Box 10085 Russellville, AR 72812