Sponsor a child
Every child deserves a chance in life.
Children with Type 1 Diabetes in South-East Asia still suffer and do not survive into adulthood because they do not have access to basic healthcare. But together we can change this.
By Sponsoring a Child through A4D you give a child hope for a happy and healthy future.
She is a 15-year-old from Thailand with Type 1 Diabetes.
Took Tik’s Grandmother had to find $60 every two months to pay the hospital. Sometimes, she could not afford the cost and Took Tik’s health suffered.
But since receiving sponsorship, Took Tik has been able to afford regular trips to the hospital.
This is Took Tik.
Enjoy a connection
Recieve letters and updates from the child you sponsor and send them gifts through A4D.
Cover the costs
$500 covers ongoing T1D medical costs, travel too and from hospital and other expenses that normally lock a family in poverty.
Witness your sponsored child develops aspirations and hopes for the future thanks to your support.
How Sponsorship Works
Why Sponsor a child?
In some cases, parents must spend 50% of their income on Type 1 Diabetes medical costs for their child. This locks a whole family in poverty and takes away life-chances. A relatively small contribution can make a huge difference.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who organises this Sponsor A Child (SAC) programme?
Action4Diabetes (A4D) organises this programme in collaboration with local service providers, who are in country registered and approved healthcare professionals operating from government diabetes clinics.
What is the location and reach of the SAC programme?
All our sponsored children come from poor families and live in the countries where A4D has established programmes. These include Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Without this programme, these children are unable to access and afford essential care for their Type 1 Diabetes.
What is the cultural and religious background to our SAC programme?
All the children in our SAC programme are raised either by their own families or by community caregivers where they live. Our programme has no religious affiliation and supports children of all faiths.
How are the children selected for this programme?
The local service providers – specially trained healthcare professionals including doctors and nurses – recommend the children for this programme based on an assessment of needs surrounding their living circumstances and family background. With the agreement of the family/caretaker and the child, the local service providers will then provide relevant information about the selected child in the application form and submit this to A4D for enrolment.
Can I choose the child that I want to sponsor?
Yes, a sponsor may choose a child from the list of children enrolled under this programme. To safeguard their security, only basic information like country, region, gender, age and age at diagnosis will be shown on the list.
Am I the only sponsor for my sponsored child?
A4D will limit a maximum of two sponsors per child in order to make sure that other needy children will also receive adequate support and benefit from this programme.
Can I sponsor more than one child?
Yes. A sponsor can support as many children as they wish.
How long do I sponsor a child for?
The minimum sponsorship commitment is one year per sponsored child. A4D encourages you to continue to support your child until they no longer require assistance from A4D regarding diabetes management, initially up to 18 years of age. After the completion of the agreed sponsorship period, the sponsor can always opt to discontinue his/her sponsorship.
How will I know if my sponsorship has ended?
A reminder will be sent to the sponsor 4 to 6 weeks before the expiration of the agreed sponsorship period.
What happens to the child if the sponsor is unable to continue the sponsorship?
At A4D, we are committed to ensuring that the children in our programmes get adequate support and care without any disruption due to potential funding issues.
A4D will immediately look for a new sponsor for the child should the original sponsor not be able to continue support.
Can I contact the child I sponsor?
No direct contact is permitted with the sponsored child in order to comply with the requirements relating to safeguarding and child protection.
Can I send gifts to my sponsored child?
A4D does not have the resources to facilitate this good will gesture at present. But if this situation changes, we will notify you directly.
Can I visit my sponsored child?
This will not be possible. A4D does not allow any direct contact between the sponsor and their sponsored child in order to comply with the requirements relating to safeguarding and child protection.
How does A4D protect the security, privacy and dignity of the children on this programme?
The safety and security of children enrolled in the sponsorship programme is paramount. Therefore, direct contact with, and sharing of confidential personal information about the sponsored child to the sponsors is not possible in order to comply with the requirements relating to safeguarding and child protection.
What happens if my sponsored child dies?
As a result of the child with Type 1 Diabetes being enrolled in this programme, their chances of survival are significantly improved. However, in the highly unlikely event of a premature death, A4D will notify the sponsor accordingly and the sponsor may transfer the sponsorship to another child on the list. Please note that the donated funds will not be paid back to the sponsor if the sponsor chooses to terminate the sponsorship. Should that happen, the remaining donated funds will be used for other A4D programmes such as our Diabetes Family Camps and funding of in-country medical staff that support children and young people with Type 1 Diabetes across SE Asia.