How child sponsorship works                                                                                      FAQ

Children who are part of the Metro Kids programmes are invited with their family’s permission onto the One by One programme. Having someone show an interest in them, write to them, pray for them; shows a child that they are special and not forgotten. The role of the sponsor is to encourage and be a blessing to a child born into a world where life can be fraught with danger and difficulties.

PenPal giftsPenpal mam and kids with foodAsihle Masiza

The child sponsorship or child penpal programme, as we like it to be known, is a vital part of Metro Kids. We use the word penpal programme as the word sponsorship means to many people, a programme that will pay for everything and anything that your child needs. This programme does not do that but instead provides Metro Kids with much needed funding to carry out the many life changing programmes it operates. The monthly donation from the sponsor is received to benefit the hundreds of children attending programmes.

The children chosen to be part of the penpal programme are children that are consistent, faithful attendees at Sidewalk. These children are being rewarded for their commitment whilst at the same time all the children at Metro Kids programmes receive the benefits from the generosity of donors thus preventing the jealousy that can be so widespread in communities.

When a person becomes a penpal to a child they receive a child profile with clear guidelines on how to proceed. Letters, cards, small gifts for birthdays and Christmas are encouraged.

The sponsor is invited to become a part of the child’s life, this relationship can grow as the child interacts with someone outside their world encouraging them to believe in themselves, to know someone cares about them, listens to them and takes an interest in how their life is going.

Sponsors are welcome to be more involved in a child’s life and some people give even more than the monthly requested donation in order for their penpal child to have monthly food parcels.

PenPal with her child       Visitor with their penpal

Sponsors are always welcome to visit and children have had many special days when their sponsors visits from often the other side of the world and spend time with them.

Metro Kids will always act as the middle person in this relationship to protect the child and the sponsor from anything untoward. All communications will go through Metro Kids.

You can become a part of this penpal programme for only CHF 25, $25 or £25 a month.  Click to donate  or for more information contact Janet  on