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. It is pooled with the contributions of other
sponsors and is spent on the Mango House project as a
whole. In this way your donations are spent in such as
way as to make the most difference to a greater number
of children and will help to ensure that the project
continues for all the children it supports.
What do I receive when I sponsor a child?
Within a month of making your first donation you will
receive a profile and a photo of the child you are going
to sponsor. In order that you can follow your sponsored
child's development we will 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 has been happening at the Mango House project.
Can I correspond with my sponsored child?
We do not wish children to be under pressure to
correspond or to be let down if a sponsor does not keep
up correspondence for whatever reason. We have,
therefore, decided to keep our sponsorship programme
very simple. 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 child develop over the years.
If you are visiting Goa and would like to visit you
sponsored child then this can be arranged. Read more
below in the section "Can I visit my sponsored child?".
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.
How does Mango Tree select which children will be
All the children enrolled at Mango House are from
disadvantaged backgrounds, so we aim to look for as many
sponsors as possible. The Mango Tree staff, who work
with the children on a daily basis, will enrol children
into the sponsorship programme but only if they wish to
Can I choose the child I sponsor?
You can choose whether you would like to sponsor a
girl or a boy. We support children of a wide range of
ages. However, if you would like to sponsor a child of a
particular age do let us know and we will see if it can
Is it possible that more than one person is
sponsoring the same child?
Why don’t you show photos of the children in the
programme on your website?
In the interests of child safety we do not provide
any information about individual children on our
website. Of course we will provide details and photos on
sponsorship but we do not give sponsors permission to
subsequently publish photos of children and their names
on the internet via social media etc.
How does my sponsored child benefit from
Your sponsored child will benefit from the continuing
programme of education, health and nutrition provided by
the Mango Tree. Children under six are able to attend a
pre-primary school based at the Mango House and then
assisted to enrol in main stream school. Once the
children are in main stream school, they are invited to
enrol in an after-school tuition programme, also based
at the Mango House.
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.
How long do I have to sponsor?
We hope that your relationship with Mango Tree Goa
will continue for a number of years but if your
circumstances change then you can, of course, stop at
any time and we will look for another sponsor for the
child. Children are normally sponsored until they have
completed their education.
Aside from completion of education are there any
circumstances in which the sponsorship will come to an
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 give a gift to my sponsored child?
We believe it is essential that all children are
treated equally. As not all children are sponsored it
would cause some difficulty if some children receive
gifts and others don’t or some receive more expensive
gifts and others don’t get a thing. We therefore do not
accept gifts for 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.
No one should feel it is necessary to donate anything
in addition to their regular contribution. All the
children in the Mango House programme receive a gift
from Mango House for their birthday and other
celebrations such as, Eid, Diwali or Christmas.
Can I visit my sponsored child?
Some sponsors may never get the opportunity to visit
Goa but we encourage those that do to visit Mango House
and meet their sponsored child should they wish to do
so. Visiting can be a very rewarding experience for both
sponsors and children however our first priority is to
ensure that children remain safe at all times. Whilst
the vast majority of individuals have good intentions we
must safeguard against those who do not. We therefore
only permit organised visits under the supervision and
control of Mango House staff and require a minimum of
fourteen days’ notice. It is quite common for families
to return to their native village for a few weeks during
school holiday/festival times, so please bear this in
mind when arranging your visit.
In keeping with our commitment to child safety all
meetings will take place during normal working hours at
Mango House. They will be supervised throughout by Mango
House staff. Visiting sponsors should be willing to
undergo a background check and all meetings must take
place at the Mango House. Please note that the
invitation to visit is only available to the named
sponsor and not to any friends or family who may be
visiting the area. The protection of children is
paramount and consequently we take any breach of our
policies very seriously. In the unfortunate event that
such a breach occurs we will endthe sponsorship
I have more questions. What should I do?
If you require any further information about our
sponsorship scheme please contact us at
I would like to sponsor – what do I need to do?
We would be delighted if you would like to sponsor a
child. Please let us know by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and also let us know if you
have a preference to support a girl or a boy. 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 child.