student sponsorship

At the start of 2021, we announced a new student sponsorship program to support vulnerable students at Sonder Project schools in Malawi.  The new program is being initiated in the two communities where we built school blocks in 2020.   All 50 of our selected students have since been sponsored, ensuring they have the resources they need to stay in school.  Now we are seeking sponsors to help us expand the program and reach more students in 2022! 

Even when adequate facilities may exist to attend school, many students are left behind due to a lack of resources. If a student doesn’t have the materials he or she needs to take notes, or if a student is embarrassed by a lack of a school uniform, he or she is already behind before class even begins. According to a report by the Education Policy and Data Center (EPDC), 61% of 15-24-year-olds in Malawi have not completed Grade 6. Our goal is to help more students stay in school by providing the resources necessary to survive and thrive.

Girls are especially prone to dropping out early due to gender norms that prioritize the education of boys first, challenges when a girl first hits puberty, and the responsibilities of household care. As a result, too often girls are encouraged to marry young and get pregnant early. The Sonder Project sponsorship program requires at least 50% of sponsored students to be girls. In our first year, 72% of our sponsored students are female.

We work with local community leaders and teachers to identify students in need. The Sonder Project then interviews each student nominated and evaluates them based on an adaptation of the Poverty Probability Index to select the most-needy students. Selected students may remain in the program for the remainder of their education through secondary school (high school) as long as they continue to receive passing marks and stay in school. The Sonder Project staff help to keep tabs on the students and track their progress.

All students sponsored by The Sonder Project will receive the following:

  • All Necessary School & Exam Fees
  • School Uniform
  • School Shoes, Polish, Brush, & Socks
  • School Bag
  • Pencils, Pens, Erasers, Ruler
  • Exercise Books
  • Washing Soap
  • Solar-powered flashlight
  • Menstrual pads (if applicable)
A one-time $225 donation or a $19/month commitment will cover the cost of one student for one academic school year.

Sign-up to become a sponsor by donation through our Student Sponsorship Campaign.

In 2021, we committed to sponsoring 50 students. We hope to increase this number in future years with your support.

student sponsorship NEWS

Student Sponsorship Program

Student Sponsorship Program

The Sonder Project is thrilled to share the commencement of a brand new student sponsorship program supporting vulnerable students to stay in school.

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