A few months ago, the DFN team had a brainstorm. We thought, “What would it look like if we offered our fantastic partners more options to fund a Dalit child’s education? Traditional child sponsorship is great, but it’s probably not a fit for everyone who wants to make a difference.”
So in early 2015, we launched a brand new way to be involved: scholarships. Of course, having a different option always creates questions.
- How does it work?
- What is the difference between scholarshipping a child and sponsoring a child?
- Do the funds go to the same place?
- What are the benefits to each?
- And probably most important … How do I know which is right for me?
To answer these questions, we have created a side-by-side comparison of sponsorships and scholarships. And here it is!
It doesn’t matter which you choose.The child receives the same education, the same curriculum, the same resources, attends the same schools, and is taught by the same teachers – it’s just that the funding is a bit different.
For some, scholarships fit your needs and resources best; for others, especially those who wish to invest in a relationship with one particular child (or children), sponsorship is the right choice.
One of the main things to keep in mind is that it takes $360 to fully fund each child’s education for one year. Compare that to the U.S. cost of $11,332 per student in public elementary and secondary schools (according to the National Center for Education Statistics for 2010-11, the latest year statistics are available.) Wow, that’s a bargain.
The other thing to note is that if you choose scholarship, more of your donation goes directly to fund the child’s education because the administrative costs are lower. Sending annual reports and managing correspondence for individual children is more labor intensive.
Even though it costs more to manage, DFN has no plans to discontinue child sponsorship because that is the right option for many of our partners.
As we wind down our annual Fresh Start campaign which ends on August 31, our hope is that you will help fund the education that can help make dreams a reality for thousands of Dalit children and their families. This is a great time to be involved because your donations are doubled at this time of year. That’s an opportunity too good to pass up.
Thanks for your partnership and for standing with the Dalits of India. You are appreciated!