YACO created this division to strengthen its focus on Children and Youth education. YACO International wants to sponsor as many children/Youth as possible to attend school in rural parts Africa. We emphasis on rural areas because we believe that is where the need is greatest. The trickle down effect of development in the third world reaches the rural areas last in most cases.
To this end we appeal to individuals in the developed world to sponsor a child/Youth or as many children as they can through YACO International.
For $195 you can sponsor one child to go to school for a year.
You will be amazed how far your $195 will go. Read some testimonials about how your donation has impacted the lives of children in need.
What your donation does for the child every year
Your donation buys a school kit for the child. The kit contains:
- Two sets of school uniforms
- A pair of sandals to go to school
- Exercise books, pens, pencils, rulers etc
- A basic textbook and a dictionary
- A durable school backpack
We also give about $60 cash to the parent to help with school lunches for the year.
How we deliver the kit
Each year, YACO International organizes a group of volunteers to go to Africa. We have started with Ghana, West Africa. We go directly to the selected villages and meet one on one with the child and the parent. At this meeting, we counsel and encourage them and deliver the kit to the child and the lunch money to the parent. We also take a picture of the child to bring to you, the sponsor.
How we select the child
In each village, we have a selection committee made up of a retired school teacher or pastor and a community leader. This committee selects the children in advance of us getting to the village. The criteria for selecting the child is that he or she must be a primary school age child (i.e. 5 to 12 years).The parents must be having some kind of financial difficulty.
In the past two years, most of the children selected by YACO International have been orphans, or ones with a single parent with the parent experiencing demonstrated financial difficulty.
Criteria for on-going support of a child
Child must stay in school and selection committee members in the village have to certify that the parent was responsible with the kit and the lunch money given the previous year.
YACO International offer volunteer opportunities in a variety of sectors, with projects and placement that include building a schools, organizing an AIDS awareness campaign or helping replenish a rainforest, teaching, orphanage home, internships and Institution. Projects are usually either focused on conservation, construction or health awareness. The aims of this programme are – To encourage voluntary service to the community – To bring together literate and non-literate, townspeople and villagers, Africans and non-Africans in common respect for each other and for manual work – To help poor communities to work which they would otherwise be unable to do for themselves – To further national and international understanding by inviting people from abroad to attend camps in Ghana and by sponsoring Ghanaians to attend camps abroad.