Sponsoring a Class at Mango House - Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

We ask for a donation of £15 a month, which is approximately 50 pence a day, although, we would, of course, be happy to receive a monthly donation in excess of this amount.

How are my donations spent?

We believe that education is the main route out of the cycle of poverty. We therefore support children by preparing them to enter mainstream school and supporting them to remain there so they can reach their full potential. For this reason, the money you donate to Mango Tree Goa does not go directly to the child you sponsor. The money you give is pooled with the contributions of other sponsors and used to support Pre-Primary education at any of our projects. In this way your donations are spent in such a way as to make the most difference to the greater number of children and will help to ensure that the pre-primary education is available for the greatest number of children.

What do I receive when I sponsor a class?

When you decide to sponsor we will ask whether you wish to sponsor a Lower or Upper Kindergarten Class. In general our Lower Kindergarten Class children are between 3 and 4 years old when they join us and our Upper Kindergarten class between 4 and 5. Within a month of making your first donation you will receive information all about your chosen class. We will tell you a little about the background of our children, the education system in India and pre-primary school at Mango House. In order that you can follow what your class is doing we’ll then send you an update roughly once a quarter. You will also receive a copy of our electronic newsletter from which you can easily follow what’s been happening at the Mango House project.

Can I correspond with my sponsored class?

We don’t wish children or teachers to be under any pressure from our sponsorship schemes. We have, therefore, decided to keep them very simple and do not permit correspondence. We hope that sponsors will be happy to know that through their sponsorship they are making a real difference to children’s lives and that they will enjoy watching their sponsored class develop. If you are visiting Goa and would like to see visit your sponsored class then you will be very welcome at Mango House. Read more below in the section “Can I Visit My Sponsored Class?”

Who are the children in the sponsorship programme?

All the children in the sponsorship programme are supported by Mango House. The majority are from families from outside Goa who live in local slums or other poor quality accommodation. Their parents come to Goa looking to improve their lives from the wealth that tourism brings but unfortunately their dreams are seldom realised and child poverty and illiteracy are widespread amongst these migrant communities.

What does sponsorship mean to Mango Tree Goa?

Receiving regular amounts means that we can plan ahead and continue our work to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Goa. 

What happens when my class completes Upper Kindergarten and leaves pre-primary?

Once children complete Upper Kindergarten the Mango House Social Worker helps to enrol them into local schools. School starts around 7.30am and finishes around 1.30p.m. The children we support have neither educated parents nor a home environment where they can study. Once school finishes the Mango House drier picks them up and takes them to Mango House where they have lunch and afternoon tuition classes. Their qualified teachers help them with subjects they are finding difficult and to do their homework. With this support they are much more likely to succeed at school and are kept away from child labour. They also have a lot of fun and play too.

Once your class completes Upper Kindergarten we will invite you to either sponsor a new class or sponsor one of the children who has completed Upper Kindergarten and joined Mango House in the afternoon. In this way you can follow a child’s journey all the way through school or as long as you are able to. You can read all about our Sponsor A Child scheme here

How long do I have to sponsor?

We hope that your relationship with Mango Tree Goa will continue until your class completes pre-primary school. We hope you will decide to stay with us beyond this but this is entirely your choice. If your circumstances change then you can, of course, stop at any time. 

Aside from completion of education are there any circumstances in which the sponsorship will come to an end?

Regrettably on occasion children do leave the Mango House project – usually because their families relocate but very occasionally because they do not wish to continue to attend school. In addition the situation may arise where a child does not wish to continue to be sponsored. If for any reason your sponsored child leaves the project we will inform you and ask whether you wish to sponsor another child.

Can I send gifts to the class?

We never accept gifts for individual children. However, if you would like to help celebrate a birthday or another occasion you could consider providing a treat for your sponsored child’s class at Mango House e.g a birthday cake, biscuits, small treat for everyone or a contribution towards an outing for them.

Unfortunately parcels posted from overseas to Mango House rarely reach their and if they do exorbitant rates of customs duties are demanded. For this reason we ask that people do not send parcels. If, however, you have an Amazon account, it is possible to use your account on Amazon India to order something and send it to Mango House eg) a game. If you are interested in doing this then please let us know.

Can I visit my sponsored class?

Some sponsors may never get the opportunity to visit Goa but we encourage those that do to visit Mango House and meet their class should they wish to do so. Please contact us to arrange a date for your visit.

Can I post details about my class on social media, the internet etc?

We take the safety of the children very seriously. All sponsorship is arranged subject to our Child Safety Policy which we will provide you with before you agree to sponsor. The information we provide is intended only for our sponsors and we do not permit it to be utilised in any other way.

I have more questions. What should I do?

If you require any further information about our sponsorship scheme please contact us at info@mangotreegoa.org

I would like to sponsor – what do I need to do?

We would be delighted if you would like to sponsor a class. Please let us know by email to info@mangotreegoa.org and also let us know if you have a preference to support our Lower or Upper Kindergarten group. We will send you a copy of our child safety policy in relation to the sponsorship scheme which we will ask you to read and agree. After that we will ask you to set up your donation and within a month we will provide you with details of your sponsored class.