DEFINITION OF TERMS
Orphan: A child who has lost one or both of his or her parents.
Double orphan: A child who has lost both of his or her parents.
Residential care: Defined as a group living arrangement for children in which care is provided by remunerated adults who would not be regarded as traditional caregivers with the wider society.
Vulnerable children: Those children who are living with chronically ill parents, children living in households fostering orphans, or any other children who meet the definition of extreme poverty in their communities.
CHILDREN EDUCATIONAL ACCESS
Sponsoring something is the act of supporting an event, activity, person, or organization financially or through the provision of products or services. The individual or group that provides the support, similar to a benefactor, is known as sponsor.
Children are the country’s greatest resource and represent hope for a better future. Profound poverty, competition for scarce resources, disease, conflict, addictions and lack of educational opportunities put these children at extreme risk for illiteracy, illness, hopelessness, abuse and the meager resources accessible is the common definition of the urban poor child living in the Gambia.
Few opportunities exist for the children of greater Banjul areas and surrounding that allow them to learn and grow to their potential. Although the Gambia government has announced free education for all children at Basic cycle school level and Senior school level, the children are still expected to pay tuition fees, buy their own uniforms, Shoes, books, Pencils (without a uniform they cannot attend school), provide their own food and in some cases there are not enough school desks and resources with children having class sizes of over 50 in a class room.
This lack of opportunity results in a perpetuation of the poverty cycle, allowing them to neither contribute to their full capacity to the community nor be able to take advantage of all that their society and the wider world has to offer.
It’s in light to this predicament that the MCO was founded to meet the need of the ever increasing need to meet the needs of these dear ones and give them the opportunity to be live to their full potential and add value to humanity. The challenges have been many and the successes of fulfilling their lives the challenges will reduce.
Sponsoring a child
It costs $85 dollars to sponsor a child at grade 1- 6.
$ 150 dollars to a child at grade 7 -9.
$ 200 dollars to a child at grade 10 – 12.
$250 a student at the college and $ 1,000 a student at university per year.
These funds cater for food, uniform, stationery and school fees. By sponsoring a child at MCO you become a vital part of securing that child’s future and giving him/her a second chance in life.
MCO is grateful to welcome you into the extended family of supporters of children.
Your contribution allows the abused, abandoned and orphaned children the opportunity to live and enjoy a normal life. Majority of this allows the child to receive access to education that will sustain him/her in future.
As the sponsor of the child, you have absolute right to decide the amount you would like to give. MCO appreciates any amount as well as foodstuffs, school uniforms, school fees as subsidizes to your donations. Your sponsorship payment schedule is really upon yourself. MCO will enter a pledge for each of your active sponsorship every month of each calendar year. As a sponsor you determine your installment schedule and choose whether to pay monthly, quarterly, semi annually or annually. MCO will send you payment reminder that will include your upcoming installment date and your current balance. MCO will also send an acknowledgement receipt for every contribution given. MCO will send to the sponsor a detailed progress report about the sponsored child including his/her picture. In addition, you will receive acknowledgement of any special gift you send. MCO will be responsible for sending to you receipt and reminders for each of your contribution.
Thank you for availing your funds and time to become a MCO child sponsor and we welcome you to our extended family of supporters. You are an asset in the life of these children and your generous contribution and prayers are not in vain.