Give a Child the Gift of Knowledge Today!
Sponsor a child for 1 year at $55 a month to cover educational expenses, monthly medical exams and nutritional meals.
In a world where more than a billion children live on less than U.S. $2 per day, connecting one child with one sponsor is the most strategic way to end child poverty.
Top development economists who specialize in analyzing development programs were asked to rate, some of the most common poverty interventions to which ordinary people donate their money, in terms of impact and cost-effectiveness per donated dollar. …
Of all the long-term development interventions, child sponsorship received the highest rating. Sponsors donate $55 per month, which covers a child’s educational fees, school uniforms, tutoring, health care, and, in faith-based sponsorship organizations, spiritual mentorship. Children receive life-changing opportunities that would otherwise be out of their reach All Operation International Gift of Knowledge sponsored children have the opportunity to develop their God-given potential and be released from the poverty that has trapped their families for generations
Partnership is at the center of what we do at Operation International Gift Of Knowledge. A OIGOK partnership is a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship between Operation International Gift of Knowledge and another entity for the purpose of releasing children from poverty. In partnership, we recognize that we need one another to accomplish the mission.
We affirm the following commitments to each person, business and faith based community that sponsors a child through Operation International Gift of Knowledge.
- We commit to develope the minds, bodies and spirits of our our childlen's by providing opportunities that encourages their healthy development in four areas — spiritual, physical, social and economic.
- We commit to educate our sponsors about poverty and development. As advocates for children suffering with extreme poverty, we will help our sponsors understand the complex issues of poverty and the effects of poverty on children and their development.
- We commit to use donations only for the purpose for which it was raised. We'll keep our administrative and fundraising costs as low as possible, balancing this with the need for quality and integrity through the ministry. Child sponsorship funds must be used to develop the children who are sponsored. Our Child Sponsorship Program is completely focused on the development of these children.
- We commit to link each child to only one sponsor. Each OIGOK-sponsored child has only one sponsor. We encourage sponsors to develop meaningful relationships of encouragement with the children they sponsor.Through monthly donations, gifts, prayer and letter writing, sponsors invest in the lives of children living in extreme poverty. This relationship communicates, “You are an important person!”
How Do We Choose Which Children to Register.
We seek to register children from both Christian and non-Christian families.
A local church partner is always the implementer of our child development work. Our decision to partner with local churches is a strategic one. Operation International Gift of Knowledge"s desires to work with the neediest and most vulnerable children that it can reach . . . Therefore, it is vital to have a means by which to assess the relative poverty and vulnerability of different children in the community." We believe local congregations are catalysts for community change and optimize the mutual respect, resources and common purpose critical in caring for children
All registered children are selected based on objective criteria that establish their need and their ability to benefit from the program. No more than two children from the same family can be registered
When church staff members interview parents or caregivers in order to assess the poverty of the family and the child’s ability to benefit from the program, the staff members follow this criteria:
- Is the family within the local poverty index?
- Does the child have good access to the church? Generally, a child is considered to have "good access" when he or she lives within a 30-minute walk from the church.
- Is there evidence that the child is likely to be non-transient and stable within the community?
We give a special priority to children who:
- suffer from malnutrition.
- are not otherwise able to attend school.
- have the potential to progress in school.
- are orphaned, or abandoned.
- are living with a single parent or caregiver.