Sponsor a Child today – click here! 

As one child sets off to school, dressed in a brand-new uniform, another asks for money at a traffic light. As one child awakes to an array of cereals before they set off for school, another has already been walking for hours to be on time. As one sick child is given instant medical attention, another dies in their mother’s arms because they arrived at a health clinic too late.

The children of this country may all have equal rights under the Constitution but the worlds they are born into and their access to opportunities remain tragically unbalanced. According to the World Bank, South Africa is the most unequal country in the world and that shows in the lives that some of our children lead. With your help, we can take meaningful steps to redress that inequality by enrolling the youth of Alexandra in the programmes that Rays of Hope offers.

Through Rays of Hope’s ‘Sponsor a Child’ initiative, you can assist children from the age of three to post-matric with five different offerings, based on their age. In each age group, a child receives a combination of learning and development services, psychosocial services, and family support. Whether you are a corporate or individual sponsor, your participation will play a vital role in every one of our children’s lives and help build a sustainable future for them.

Our sponsorship packages below outline what each child you sponsor would receive. The sponsorship amount is different for each group, based on the programme elements that are relevant for that age In all cases, you will sponsor a specific child and will receive a photo of “your sponsored child” as well as two reports during the year on his or her progress.

Become a sponsor today! Once you sponsor a child, you will receive regular updates on their journey. By partnering with Rays of Hope to brighten the future of children in Alexandra, you will help reduce the vulnerability that these young people face and be able to count yourself as part of the solution.

Tots (3 – 6 years)

  • Daily attendance at the centre in Stwetla
  • Ensuring each class has a teacher and an assistant
  • Nutritional meals – on arrival, snacks, and lunch
  • A spacious play area
  • Preparation for entry into Grade 0 at local schools
  • Provision of educational toys, puzzles, and books
  • A sleeping mat for midday naps
  • Library area
  • Fun days and two outings a year
  • Parenting workshops
  • Psychosocial support as needed (child dependent)

 

Tumblers (Grade 1 – 3)

  • Transport from school to our offices on three afternoons a week; transport home afterwards
  • Healthy lunch each afternoon
  • English language learning in preparation for Grade 4 (when teaching is done in English)
  • Reinforcement of Maths concepts learnt at school
  • Fun educational games
  • Access to a library and having stories read to them
  • Fun days and two outings a year
  • Parenting workshops
  • Psychosocial support as needed (child dependent)

 

Tweens (Grades 4 – 8)

  • Weekly Maths and English classes by committed tutors
  • Benchmarking assessments
  • Sandwiches & fruit every week
  • Stationery packs at the start of the school year
  • Branded T-shirt each year
  • Optional extra activities including spelling, multiplication, general knowledge, chess and more
  • Access to a library on Saturdays
  • Fun-filled holiday clubs in the April and June school holidays
  • Fun days and two outings per year (per grade)
  • Annual camp
  • Parenting workshops
  • Psychosocial support (child dependent)
  • Grades 7 and 8 will attend a Girls and Boys weekly support group, which includes a meal
  • Contraceptive injections for Grade 8 (with parental consent)

 

Trailblazers (1-year programme for school leavers)

  • Career building input
  • Learnerships (as applicable)
  • Work readiness training
  • Financial literacy training
  • Soft skills training
  • Volunteering experience
  • Computer literacy
  • Mentoring
  • Psychosocial support as needed

Teens (Grades 9 – 11)

  • Weekly Maths and English classes by committed tutors
  • Benchmarking assessments
  • Sandwiches and fruit every week
  • Stationery packs at the start of the school year
  • A branded T-shirt each year
  • Optional extra activities including spelling, multiplication, general knowledge, chess and more
  • Access to a library on Saturdays
  • Fun-filled holiday clubs in the April and June school holidays
  • Fun days and two outings per year (per grade)
  • Annual camp
  • Parenting workshops
  • Attendance at a Girls and Boys weekly support group, which includes a meal
  • Career building input – psychometric testing, exposure to careers and jobs, speakers, outings
  • Values-based leadership training
  • Mentoring (Grade 11 only)
  • Computer literacy training
  • Weekly support group for teenage moms, including a meal
  • Contraceptive injections for teen girls (with parental consent)
  • Psychosocial support (child dependent)

 

Sponsor a Child today – click here!