Sponsor a Child

Child Sponsorship

Help to alleviate poverty in Tanzania by joining Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme.

Village Africa runs a child sponsorship scheme for both primary and secondary students.  The scheme prioritises orphans, children with single parents and those in greatest need.

Sponsors can choose whether to support a primary or secondary school student.  They can also choose whether to sponsor a boy or a girl.

It costs £15 per month to sponsor a primary school pupil.  The child is provided with gifts including school uniform, school bag, school stationery, a mosquito net, a blanket and a hygiene set. Gifts provided to these children are made locally whenever possible, eg school skirts, shirts, shorts and sweaters.

It costs £20 per month to sponsor a secondary school student. This includes rent and an allowance to cover school uniform, books and school stationery.
You will receive a photo of the child, letters (or drawings if the child is very young) and an annual progress report.

Besides sponsoring an individual child, the scheme also has a Community Fund which helps the whole community.  This fund has been used for many projects including school classrooms (renovation and new build).  Classroom repairs and school toilets are urgently needed.

The scheme started in 2007 with primary school pupils and has grown steadily and is particularly popular with past volunteers who have seen the need for themselves. Many have recommended the scheme to their friends and families too.

The child sponsorship scheme is known as the ‘Simba Club’ in Tanzania. ‘Simba’ means ‘lion’ in Kiswahili. Lions are found in the Serengeti and other national parks in Tanzania and are popular with Africans as well as people overseas.

To sponsor a child online via Paypal please click here

To sponsor a child offline please click here to download a VA Primary School Child Sponsorship Form or VA Secondary School Student Sponsorship Form.  Please scan and email or post it to us.

Primary School FAQs

Secondary School FAQs
If you have any other queries, please email moe@villageafrica.org.uk

I’ve been sponsoring Rajabu and Veneranda for over a year now, and think the Simba Club is a fantastic scheme! Having spent three months working as a teacher for Village Africa, I have seen the conditions many of these youngsters have to cope with. I also know how my money is spent each month and how much it will help the children and the charity. There’s nothing quite like getting a letter in the post, full of colourful drawings, from ‘your’ child, to put all of your problems into perspective, and a smile on your face for the rest of day. My money might buy me coffee and lunch but for these children it’s a lifeline; I would thoroughly recommend this scheme to anyone.”

Polly Sharpe – sponsors Veneranda Walles & Rajabu Zuberi