GNIP’s operations take root mainly in its one-to-one child sponsorship program. As of December 2013, the number of sponsored children has reached 10,134 under the 11 CDP areas, from 266 sponsored children in 2008.
The sponsored children are provided with quality education, good nutrition, and proper health care. This is achieved through an annual medical checkup and a regular distribution of school supplies, nutritional items, and hygiene kits to sponsored children. The sponsored children are thoroughly monitored through monthly updates, quarterly home visits, house tagging, spot mapping, service-rendered cards, and annual progress reports. These tools are helpful not just in monitoring the children’s progress, development, and services received but also in monitoring their present status. The main reason why children fall under the dropout category is because they have moved out of the project area.
“The sponsored children are thoroughly monitored through monthly updates, quarterly home visits, house tagging, spot mapping, service-rendered cards, and annual progress reports”
To update the sponsors about their sponsored children’s status, GNIP organizes an Annual Child Letter (ACL) activity with the help of the community development committee/community sponsorship facilitators (CDC/CSF). The ACL is a way through which the children share their stories and express their appreciation to their sponsors in forms of letters and drawings. The sponsors are also given the opportunity to send special gifts to their sponsored children—they could be in the form of a gift, money, or a letter (GML). And every December, GNIP conducts a Christmas party for all the sponsored children in the respective CDPs. The sponsorship program has allowed GNIP to reach out to around 80,000 people from its CDP areas through community development programs. (end)
“The sponsors are also given the opportunity to send special gifts to their sponsored children”