The conclusion of a project is the very goal that we’re working to achieve, together with the project communities and our Christian partners in the field.
Your faithful generosity over the past nine years means you helped to bring incredible change.
Because of the generosity of child sponsors, a whole community is fully capable of continuing their development themselves, at the end of the nine years.
Your sponsored child’s graduation is not about work coming to an end, it’s about the responsibility for that work being phased over to a strengthened and skilled community of people.
Our Christian partners in the field can move into new communities, where the need for sponsorship continues. And that’s where you continue your sponsorship journey.
Aside from your sponsored child’s graduation ceremony itself, there are some other important moments to look forward to in the journey ahead…
Send a farewell letter to your sponsored child here. Congratulate them on graduating from the program and give them encouragement for the future.
You’ll soon receive your sponsored child’s Graduation Report. Take time to pray for them and give thanks for an incredible story
Your incredible generosity has helped change your sponsored child’s inheritance from poverty to opportunity. Thank you!
Graduations are now underway… thank you for all the INCREDIBLE things you’ve helped to make possible! See a special glimpse into the amazing graduation celebrations happening around the world.
Find your answer in the FAQs below!
Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean your sponsored child is finishing school. It means it’s time for them to graduate from the sponsorship program!
Their whole community will come together for a special graduation ceremony, where they’ll reflect on all that’s been achieved in the nine years since the project first began. It’s a time to celebrate the positive changes that have happened in your sponsored child’s life and in the wider community…thanks to your generous sponsorship.
They can now take ownership of the project activities, continuing and building on the good work which your support has made possible. That’s why graduation is a cause for celebration!
Your sponsored child will continue to participate in their community’s development, but the community will not be part of the Baptist World Aid Child Sponsorship program anymore.
Definitely not! We know (from experience) that community development projects that include children from the outset are incredibly effective! That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that our Child Sponsorship program not only continues, but also expands into new locations where there is great need.
We’re launching a brand new 9-year program that, with your help, will support thousands of children across Asia and Africa – in countries like Malawi, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia and MORE. This means you can be part of blessing even more children living in poverty. Click here to find out how our new sponsorship program works!
When your sponsored child graduates from the project, our general practice is to connect you with another child who lives in an area where there is great need. This is automatically processed for you – meaning your good work to end poverty and bless children can continue… hassle free! It also helps us reduce administration costs so that more funds can go directly to our projects overseas.
If, however, you have any preferences you’d like us to keep in mind, just give us a call on 1300 789 991.
Great question! Baptist World Aid Australia has Child Sponsorship projects in several countries, so the time of your sponsored child’s (or sponsored children’s) graduation will vary. However, we can tell you that all graduations are due to take place between 2019-2021.
A few months before your sponsored child graduates, we’ll send you a notification along with an invitation to write a farewell letter (see next FAQ below). We’ll also send your sponsored child’s Graduation Report to you by mail at the time of their graduation – you’ll get to read about all the changes that have happened in their life as well as in their family and community, thanks to you!
Yes, you can! Before your sponsored child graduates, you’ll receive an invitation in the mail to write a farewell card. Take this opportunity to congratulate them on graduating from the program, thank them for their friendship and give them encouragement for the future. Your farewell letter will be presented to your sponsored child at their graduation ceremony.
You can write to them one of the following ways:
Website: You are welcome to use the letter writing facility via our website. Click here and log into your account using your email address.
By Post: You can use the farewell card we provide or your own stationary. Please make sure you include your supporter ID and your sponsored child’s ID number. Our address is:
Locked Bag 2200
North Ryde BC
Unfortunately, we’re not able to facilitate this. While our Christian partners in the field will certainly keep in touch with project communities, their field staff will have moved away from the project area to begin work in a new community. That’s why we encourage you to write a farewell letter to your sponsored child before they graduate.
Your sponsored child and their family have been equipped with the knowledge and skills to increase their income, build confidence and dignity, and take control of their own futures. And as communities take over the management of their projects, your support is best suited in new locations where the need for sponsorship continues.
Our new sponsorship projects are based on an improved approach to our child and youth community development work.
Building on what we have learned over the years, your new Child Sponsorship program includes both children and youth, recognising that different life stages have differing needs. So, instead of classifying anyone under 18-years as a child, it acknowledges that a child in pre-school will have very different needs to a child of 16, and ensures that all project work is designed to support those differing needs.
Just like our previous sponsorship projects, our new ones run on a 9-year cycle consisting of 3 planned phases.
When your current sponsored child graduates, you’ll be connected with a child from one of these exciting, brand-new projects!
If you would like to have a say in who you sponsor next, please fill out the form below or give us a call on 1300 789 991 and we’ll do our best to accommodate your preferences. Thank you for choosing to be part of another child’s incredible story!
Do you have preferences for multiple sponsored children? Give us a call on 1300 789 99.