Response Network runs an education sponsorship program for orphans and vulnerable girl children. The girls whose name has become a household name are called Kubala Girls – meaning “The Reading Girls”. Sponsors from five countries currently help 950 orphaned girls to take part in education in order to improve their knowledge and be more integrated in the community.
The program depends on donations and funding from individuals and provides scholarships to orphans and vulnerable girls who have no one to pay for their school fees. Most of the children have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS pandemic that has affected a large share of the adults in Livingstone. Response Network identifies children with need for sponsorship through contacts with schools and families. The sponsorship includes school fees, uniforms and other material needed to be able to take part of education. The program is run by competent staff who have completed the passion for education. Response Network also holds continuous dialogue with the teachers and families.
Twice a year, an assembly is held to take up topics such as child abuse, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, health care, de-worming etc. The sponsored children give back to the community for the educational support they receive, by helping the old people at Maramba Old People’s home by cleaning the surroundings.
The need for scholarships is very high and huge. Many children are turned away every year and cannot complete secondary school. If you would like to become a donor, please do not hesitate to go into the donor part of this homepage.
How to apply for the program?
The first step you need to take is to visit your careers teacher at your school and prove to the school authorities that you really need scholarship help. The school authorities will then write your name and our staff and other people will then conduct interviews or verification exercise to ascertain the truth. This verification is done door to door.The second method is simply to come to Response Network office and tell us your story. From your story, we will be able to subject you to our interview and go deep to verify your story.
Who can apply for the program?
Any single or double orphan including vulnerable girl child in need of sponsorship can apply for a scholarship.