Café Bless International currently runs a school sponsorship program in Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines. Currently all of our sponsored children come from the Alangan Mangyan tribe that reside within the jungle of Mount Halcon. Café Bless sponsors 21 high school and elementary students. The sponsorship covers everything they need to attain a good quality education, including everything from uniforms to books and stationary.
Frequently Asked Questions
·How much does it cost to sponsor a child? It cost £5 per month to sponsor a child.
·How can I give the money to Café Bless? The best way is to either set up a £5 monthly direct debit to our Café Bless bank account or transfer a lump sum of £60 once a year.
·What will I be provided with? We will send you a profile of your child; this will include a photo and some personal information. The children love writing letters so once a year you will also receive a letter from the child that you sponsor.
·Can I write or send gifts to my sponsored child? Writing letters and emails is great as it motivates and encourages your sponsored child to study and work hard. Our local worker can print them out or collect them from the nearest PO BOX. However, we do not allow gifts because it can cause jealousy between families.
·Do the children have parents? Yes, the children live with their families but because of financial difficulty they are unable to cover the cost of education.
·How long do I have to commit for? We ask that sponsors commit for at least a year of sponsorship, but we prefer if they can cover the child up until graduation. We understand that sometimes that isn’t possible and due to personal reasons a sponsor may need to withdraw from the program. ·What happens after the child graduates high school? Café Bless intends to provide as many opportunities for further education as possible. Costs of college and university are significantly higher than lower level education. On average courses can cost £1000-£2000 per year. We are currently only able to offer a very few number of scholarships, unless we find sponsors willing to cover the whole cost.
If you would like to sponsor a child please get in touch by using our contact form, email or send us a message on Facebook. We will be delighted to hear from you and can answer any further questions you may have.
Café Bless International (Also known as Café Bless or CBI) is a registered charity since 2015. Charity number SC046032