Our sponsorship program in Mexico is located in the state of Sinaloa in Mazatlán. Mazatlán is known as a city of beach resorts and tourism, but just outside of the resorts, most of the population lives in poverty, where most children do not have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty into which they were born, forcing them to choose a life of poverty or crime. GO’s sponsorship program provides these chidlren with food every day, hope in the form of relationships with caring adults and spiritual training.
Since the early 1990’s the number of children living on the street has been increasing at an alarming rate in Senegal. Unemployment is a massive problem, with a rate over 25%. Most children do not complete their education and nearly half are not in school by age 13. GO’s sponsorship program helps provide tuition to high quality Christian schools where the success rate is over 98%.
At GO, we believe sponsorship is a way to be deeply and intentionally involved in the lives of children who may not otherwise have that kind of encouragement in their lives. GO doesn’t want you to be a passive supporter. We encourage sponsors to write letters, send small gifts, and even go visit their sponsored child to form a meaningful relationship with them, making connections and creating change in an real and tangible way.
The cost to sponsor a child in need is $35 a month. You receive a sponsorship packet for your child which includes information about them and their country as well as their photo. You will receive updates and personal letters from them at least twice a year. Not only can you can write to your sponsored child and send them small gifts, but you are also encouraged to visit them!
The sponsorship program is a bit different in each country because we provide for the needs of the children based on their culture and sponsorship program, not based on what we think they need. We understand that each country and program is different, so the needs will be different. Typically, sponsorship provides them with nutritious food, clean water, education, school supplies, shoes, a Bible, and medical care. Whatever country they’re in, sponsorship provides children with discipleship from loving adults who care deeply about their spiritual development.