20 June 2012
Thanks to the remarkable insight and vision of Mama Sue, our unique sponsor scheme not only changes the life of her children, it also changes our sponsors' lives too.
By aiming to create sponsor families of five people for each child, our children have a very good chance of forging real friendships with at least a couple of their sponsors as, we appreciate and understand, some want to be more actively involved than others.
Sponors also get a chance to get to know and make friends with the other sponsors in their child's family which brings with it the joy of sharing a common bond.
Some meet up, help with fundraising events, and all look forward to hearing and sharing news of their child which comes in regular updates, school reports etc from the Happy House.
Each of our children, those old enough to understand, looks upon their sponsors as special friends. They, too, look forward to getting letters, emails, postcards, and photos from these friends and to storing them away safely as treasures in their memory boxes. Many sponsors save hard to visit the Happy House and meet their child, which brings so many joys. The daily blog on our website and our Facebook page give sponsors a chance to follow daily life at the Happy House and good chance to catch a glimpse of their child.
The sponsor scheme, importantly, brings in a regular, guaranteed, income to our small charity and will, eventually, go along way to underpinning our running costs.
Right now, in common with other charities, we are facing a financial crisis and , as you will know, times are so tough that Mama and Papa felt they had to take heartwrenching step of leaving their family in the safe hands of Auntie Rose, Uncle Billy and Uncle Isaac, to come back to the UK for a few months to work with me in the UK on a major fundraising drive.
We cannot do this without YOUR help.
An important part of fundraising drive is our Find a Friend Appeal . We are asking each of you, who know and love your own sponsor child, to share the joy this brings to you with your friends.
Please, help our family by signing up a new sponsor.
For £20 a month (the cost of a couple of takeaways,or a night out) they can change a child's life.
It's a small price to pay to give a child, who has known hunger, fear and pain, a family home where they are loved, cherished and educated.
A childhood free from fear and neglect, with the freedom to play and grow, is the priceless gift you are giving to your Happy House child.
Please share your Happy House friendship with others - family, friends and colleagues - and please, please, FIND A FRIEND for a Happy House child.
How to sponsor
Sheila Davies has joined Rukia's sponsor family: