Whether or not you can participate on a service delegation you can help here at home in many ways – filling the gap that can make a difference in the lives of the children and families in poor villages.
Sponsor a community
People who live on the food they grow and earn only about $300 each year have many on-going needs. Medicines, doctors, books, and education become “luxuries” that many of us simply take for granted. You personally can make sure that a village has the resources it needs to educate its children and gain access to a doctor and basic medications.
Sponsor an Education Scholarship or Loan
You can give outstanding local community leaders who demonstrate the ability and motivation an opportunity for education with an IP education loan or scholarship. A monthly or lump sum contribution toward a loan or scholarship can be the difference between a life of unemployment and extreme poverty and the chance for a better life.
Our delegates nominate outstanding leaders from the communities in which they work and the potential student submits a plan. Applicants are carefully screened and monitored by their own community and IP. If you contribute to a scholarship or loan, we will give you updates on “your” student’s progress and provide you with pictures and other information.
Click here to learn about some of our scholarship students.
Give a “Sponsorship Gift”
Know someone who says they already have too much and don’t need anything? Let them experience the joy of helping children in poverty by sponsoring a child in their name. Send a check or money order to International Partners, or use Pay Pal to donate by credit card. Let us know you have done it, and once your gift is confirmed, we’ll send you a gift card.
International Partners relies primarily on volunteers for most of our activities. If you have some time and would like to help, email our Director at email@example.com to explore possibilities.
Form a Partner Group
Anyone – no matter how old – can organize a sponsorship group to provide desperately needed aid to children and families in a poor community. Your school, classroom, university, club, religious organization, scout group or civic organization can literally change lives and it takes very little to make a difference. Work together to sponsor a school, clinic, scholarship or education loan by following a few simple steps.
- Decide what you want to do. The options are almost limitless. Ideas include:
- Sponsor a scholarship or an education loan to someone who would not be able to attend school without it. Your group can receive their letters and follow their progress.
- Sponsor a micro-lending project to give a woman the income to feed her family. A small amount of money can help a woman establish a pupusa stand, buy a sewing machine to make clothes, or start a small chicken business.
- Sponsor a teacher’s salary.
- Provide medicines, bandages and other supplies to a clinic or local health promoter for a year.
- Provide nutritional supplements for a school where children don’t have enough to eat.
- Buy or collect books and supplies for a school or multi-use center.
- Provide toothbrushes and toothpaste to a village;
- Help with a special project (e.g., getting water to a family; putting electricity in a school.)
- Support our disaster-assistance fund – an emergency fund that allows us to have needed cash when hurricanes, floods, and earthquake eruptions create a crisis in one of our host communities.
- Tell us what you’d like to do. We can get you specific information about children and communities that need help now and help you identify the project that best suits your group. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or if there is a sign up form we can do, that is even better for more information. We can also provide you with pictures and fundraising materials to help you get started.
- Make your project part of an educational activity in your school, scout troop, or Sunday school. By learning about a poor village and the children who live there, your group can learn more about the rest of the world, poverty and culture.
- Establish a target. As little as $150 allows a child to attend school for a year; $100 per month can pay a teacher’s or a health promotor’s salary; $500 can install electricity in a school; $1,500 can support an education loan. Once you establish a goal, you can decide how you want to raise funds.
- Work together to raise the funds for the project you choose. Click here for ideas for how you can raise funds.
- Stay in touch with us to learn how the community is doing and how your donation is being used; get photos; and communicate with people you are helping. We will work with you to find out what kind of contact you would like and create a way to accomplish it that meets your group’s needs.
Join an Alumni Group
If you have been part of an IP delegation, you already know the needs in the communities and probably have ideas of your own about how you can help. Join others who have also worked in “your” village and maintain contact with them, by joining one of our alumni groups. We will make sure you stay updated about the news in your community and that you learn about the needs there as they arise. And if there is not a group already formed, ask us how to form one.
- You can sponsor a community with a monthly donation to International Partners by clicking the button below
- Have a drive to collect books in Spanish, toothbrushes, sports equipment, and over-the-counter medical supplies such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, children’s aspirin. You can make arrangements with our office to have them delivered by one of our delegations. Email us at email@example.com about how to conduct such a drive and what items we can and cannot accept.