Get Involved. Sponsor a Street Child.
An estimated 60,000 children work on the streets of Kabul, begging, selling gum, looking for scrap metal, shining shoes, and doing whatever it takes to survive. Many of the “street children” have lost one or both parents due to the war. It is not uncommon for them to be the breadwinners in their families. Their families cannot afford to allow them to attend school and forgo the income they generate.
You can change the lives of these children through our sponsorship program. Sponsors make it possible for a street child to get off the streets and attend school, perhaps for the first time.
Our program assistant, Qudsia, an Afghan mother, watches over the sponsored children, and assists them, as much as she can. We have distributed rice and clothing several times to the children and their families.
How can I help?
- Sponsor a child for $500 a year ($40 a month for 12 months plus $20 for program costs.)
- It makes bookkeeping much easier if sponsors can pay the $500 in advance with a check.
- If you need to make payments or pay by credit card, call. We just need to add the bank credit card fee to payments made by credit card.
- Send checks to:
Trust in Education
PO Box 936
Lafayette, California 94549
Your sponsorship funds are paid directly to your sponsored child every month. Every payday they must have proof of their attendance and Qudsia keeps track of how well they are doing. Motivation is not a problem. Street children, more than anyone else, know the value of an education and work hard to stay off the streets. Their parents are thrilled to no longer be required to ask their children to work on the streets.
Sponsorship means much more than monetary support.. Through photos and letters carried back and forth (which we translate), you will be able to communicate with one another. We have been told over and over again, how important it is that they realize someone cares. The fact that someone cares can be the difference between working hard and giving up.
If after each year, you decide to not continue your sponsorship, please give us at least 60 days notice. A third grader will want to go to the fourth grade next year and then there is the fifth etc. That’s one lesson we’ve learned about supporting education. You can build a well or finance an irrigation project and leave, but a decision to educate is a long-term commitment. TIE will do everything possible to avoid disrupting the education of children sponsored through TIE. Every child who lives up to his/her end of the agreement should never go back to the streets for lack of a sponsor.