Sponsor a child

Why sponsor a child?

Poverty is a very real threat to the lives of children in developing countries such as The Gambia. Each day many struggle for the basics we take for granted in Great Britain – things like clean water, nutritious food, sanitation, education and health care.

As a sponsor you have the power to make a difference and by joining the 1 to 3/CIS project in Wellingara, you will be able to develop a long-term personal relationship with the family and the community. If you are a parent or grandparent, sponsorship is a tangible way to show children the way families live in a developing country. The story of Fatoumatta

How much does sponsorship cost?

Sponsorship costs £17.50 per calendar month. £12.50 is allocated to the child and £5 to the Nursery School towards the salaries of the voluntary teachers. (In The Gambia, teachers are not paid until Lower Basic Primary level – 7+years.) No part of your donation is used for administration.

How do I send my sponsorship donation?

You may choose to pay quarterly, half-yearly or annually by Standing Order. Most donors pay quarterly.  Please email Marj Jawo if you are interested in changing the lives of a Gambian child and her family

What happens to my sponsorship donation?

In order to keep costs as low as possible, 1to3 transfers the money to CIS quarterly but your sponsorship is paid monthly to a parent of the child (usually the mother) and the receipt book is signed or thumb-printed.  Ken Diko the CIS Coordinator is responsible for issuing the payment and he is now helped by the assistant social worker, Bakary B Dampha. Buba, as he is known, travels around Wellingara on his motor bike (paid for by UK sponsors) visiting the compounds of the sponsored children to monitor how the money is spent.  He also checks the general welfare of the family and the condition of the compound and if necessary will go to a child’s school to check progress.  Buba is also responsible for arranging for letters/drawings/school reports to be collected and forwarded to Marj Jawo, the UK Sponsorship Secretary who logs the various communications before posting on to sponsors. Click here to find out how we spend the money.

Sponsor a child today

You have the opportunity to transform many lives by sponsoring a child for £17.50 per month. All of the sponsored money goes to the family and the community.

To find out more, visit the FAQ page and contact Marj Jawo on 01283 561260 or by email