Our Programmes

Shika Educational Sponsorships

Oscar, one of the children supported by the Shika Sponsorship programme

Oscar, one of the children supported by the Shika Sponsorship programme

We believe that everyone has the right to a decent level of education, regardless of income or background.  Education is an important tool for empowerment yet, to children from the poorest and most vulnerable backgrounds, receiving a quality education is a huge challenge.

Our educational sponsorship programme aims to enable poor and vulnerable children to receive a quality education opportunities.  Each sponsorship provides the sponsored child with school uniforms, materials and books needed for school.  It also pays any school, enrolment, and excursion fees, which are out of reach for many of the poorest children.

Sponsored children also benefit from developing a friendship with their sponsor from another part of the world.  It encourages them to know that somebody in another country cares about them and their education.  They also enjoy learning about their sponsor’s lives and culture.

In addition, the most vulnerable of Shika sponsored children will receive a holistic support package through our Shika Educational Support Programme (SESP).

We currently support 82 students through our sponsorship scheme.

For information on how you could sponsor a child through Shika click here.

Shika Educational Support Programme (SESP)


Form 1

The Shika Educational Support Programme is the next step on from our hugely successful Shika After School Programme (SASP).  The SASP which was a holistic after school support initiative that provided educational support and counselling to our beneficiaries located at a local primary school.   The Shika Educational Support Programme (SESP) developed as a response to the differing needs of many of our students who have now progressed to secondary education, and beyond.   The needs of secondary school students differ slightly as there are many extra curricular activities, and extra classes included in their schooling.  However, students still need social work based support which involves our team liaising closely with the school, parents and students to help address any ongoing issues.   We have taken the relevant elements from our after school support initiative and reconfigured the programme into individual support packages for each of our students. 

Shika Educational Support packages include:
  • Regular schools visits by our social worker
  • Counselling
  • Teachers meetings & Reviewing of exam results
  • Lifeskills and professional training during holidays
  • Employment Orientation Training
  • Home visits & family counselling
  • Parent/Guardians meetings
  • School Meals