85% of our total operating expenses fund programs for children. So the majority of your dollars go toward exactly what you intended - supporting children in poverty.
Sharmin Akter is a student from Feni, Bangladesh who enrolled in our Sun Child Sponsorship Program in 2006. DCI sponsorship has provided Sharmin educational materials, family stipend, and after-school tutoring support, but due to her family’s dire poverty her parents were considering arranging an early marriage for her. One of our field officers learned this during a family visit and immediately brought Sharmin’s mother into DCI’s Family Support Program — a component of the Sun Child Sponsorship Program that gives parents of sponsored children financial support to start small businesses.
With seed money from DCI, Sharmin’s mother started a handicraft business with her neighbors and began contributing to the family, ensuring that Sharmin could stay in school. Through effective intervention, a promising student was saved from one of the worst child rights abuses facing young girls in Bangladesh.
There are so many girls in rural Bangladesh like Sharmin who face the threat of early marriage and need our urgent help. We do everything we can by constantly arranging discussions about the dangers of early marriage in our project areas. But because economic necessity is the main cause of this practice, we need your help as well: without the necessary funding for family support, girls like Sharmin may be forced to drop out and have their childhood taken from them.
One way you can help right now is to give $10 to provide a backpack to one of our sponsored children. By helping DCI provide school supplies for our students, we can allocate more resources to family support. Your contribution will be doubled during the month of September, thanks to our partner Inn at Seaside!