The annual 3 days Summer Camps for the sponsored children at 10 different places on theme “Child and Parent Relationship”
BENEFITS THROUGH ASHA
THE ARCHDIOCES OF BANGALORE AND PARTNER PARISHES :-
ASHA Children’s Sponsorship Program is an organization founded by the Archdiocese of Bangalore. (Catholic Archbishop). The organization is
active in the Archdiocese of Bangalore (In six districts, Tumkur, Ramnagar, Kolar, Bangalore-Rural, Bangalore-Urban, and Chikkaballapur) where
it identifies with and contributes in many social projects for disadvantaged children, as well as physically challenged, destitute and elderly
people. The head of ASHA CHILDRENS SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME is the Archbishop, the president of ASHA CHARITABLE TRUST,
The selection of children for the Child Sponsorship Program is a key step subject and to a certain extent, the efficiency of the progress of the
project in the future as well as the project quality. That is why we consider this chapter to be of fundamental importance.
ESP helps children from the poorest strata to achieve education. The project involves children who would never go to school without support or who
are likely to drop out very soon. Children shall not be discriminated against on the basis of their sex, tribe, religion or other non-relevant
reasons. Situation or circumstances of the child must be the primary criterion for selection. Please avoid selecting only from among Catholic
Children involved in the program shall be bright, well behaved, disciplined and interested in studying. If the partner units find it suitable,
participation in ESP may be represented to support children and the community as a form of scholarship. An animator or a case worker must closely
co-operate with the village community in selecting children. It is beneficial to encourage self-help groups to assist or create child sponsorship
committees where the SHGs are nonexistent.
Involvements of communities are fundamental for the smooth progress of the project and also avoid feelings such as envy and injustice in the
community. Selection of children is intensive rather than extensive, i.e. all needy children from the given area (village, borough, or neighborhood)
who do not go to school or are likely to drop out are selected for ESP. The aim is, again, to prevent envy within the community.
A Minimum of about 15-20 children from one area should be selected. The advantages of this approach are to increase in the cost-effectiveness of
the project, possible implementation of community development projects, (creation of SHGs, micro-financing), out-of-school activities for children,
tuition classes, etc. Smooth implementation of ESP relies on continuous contact between the partner organization (its Social worker/Animators)
and supported children. That is why the children must be selected in the area of activities of the given organization.