The monthly sponsorship amounts for are different between our Indian partner, Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission, and our Sri Lankan partner, Wings of Hope. Mukti Mission in India runs a residential program whereas Wings of Hope in Sri Lanka runs a community based program. A residential program such as Mukti Mission India provides holistic care including shelter, food, access to water, clothing, school fees etc. In short, the children and women live at Mukti Mission. Alternatively, a community based program such as Wings of Hope in Lanka supports children through education and health initiatives whilst the children remain living with their own families. Residential programs cost more to run – the project must provide housing, three meals a day, all-year-round clothing, house parents, full time staff to administer the project, and all the other infrastructure that goes along with a residential care facility. For this reason we need to assign multiple sponsors for every child or woman at Mukti Mission India in order to provide full funding to support each vulnerable women and child. The resources required to run the Daycare and Nightshelter program similarly requires multiple sponsors to enable the shelter to be open as needed. On the other hand, Wings of Hope in Sri Lanka does not have to provide 24hr care and so operates on a smaller budget per child. As it costs Wings of Hope $40 a month to support each vulnerable child we only assign one sponsor who provides the full $40 a month.
Both the residential care model and the community based model are valid and necessary approaches to development, and our partners have adopted the approach to best support the needs and situations of the children and women they seek to support. The children and women that Mukti Mission in India supports often have no home and/or no family, and so it is absolutely vital to provide residential care – vulnerable children and women need a safe shelter and the basics of life such as food, water, clothing and health care in order to take hold of other opportunities such as education, vocational skills training and small business enterprise. On the other hand, the children that Wings of Hope in Sri Lanka seeks to serve have homes and families but desperately need support to improve their living conditions, health and educational opportunities. Models of care are a matter of preference. When deciding which of our sponsorship programs to support, choose the project that speaks to you personally. Whether you support our residential care project in India or our community based program in Sri Lanka, your support will create real opportunities for a vulnerable and disadvantaged child or woman to have real hope and pursue a life that realises their God-given potential.