Wind of Change provides support to NCF’s Scholarship Program as an extension of the Onni Children’s House project. The Scholarship Program provides financial and medical assistance to allow children from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue their education in circumstances where otherwise their families could not afford to send them to school, and they may become vulnerable for child labour, begging or human trafficking. The children involved in this program do have adult family members who care for them, but who simply cannot afford to educate them. It is our strong belief that where possible, it is better for children to stay in their villages with their families, and only in severe circumstances without alternative options should they be placed into a children’s home. By supporting the Scholarship Program, we aim to give children access to an education and medical help, while making it possible for families to stay together.
The Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to 120 children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Twice a year, the children involved in the program are provided with new uniforms, shoes, books, and stationery in preparation for the new school year. They are assisted throughout the year with tuition fees, medical costs, and emergency expenses.
We see education as one of the main priorities of the work we do, and through supporting this program we have been able to expand our reach to help more children in the community, and give them the opportunity for a better future for themselves and their families.