​​​​The Children of Sikkim

​​​Registered UK charity No 1153784


​Why become a Sponsor?
£15 a month can help completely change the life prospects of a poor child from the state of Sikkim, NE India, by supporting their education from around 10 years through to the end of higher education.

Sikkim is India’s least populous state and second smallest. It is nested in the Himalaya between Nepal, China and Bhutan, and is home to Kanchenjunga, at 8586 metres the world’s third highest peak after Everest and K2.

Educational opportunities are limited, because although the Indian government provides schools, long and difficult journeys mean that children have to live away from home. The state does not provide this, which means that poorer children from outside main towns just cannot go to school.

​How can I contribute?
Firstly, we welcome any contribution. To make a one-off payment by bank debit or credit card,   click here .

Although £15  per month is our recommended amount, we are very happy to accept sponsorship from £5 per month upwards. We only ask for a commitment of 12 months. Payment can be monthly, quarterly, annually or on another regular schedule (we have sponsoring couples who alternate).

It takes six sponsorships at £15 a month to support a child at Dr Grahams, and ten at college or university. If you become a sponsor, you will:
  • have a direct relationship with the child, including receiving reports and letters
  • be able to keep up to date on Facebook
  • receive occasional newsletters
  • know that the Trust is run by volunteers who draw no expenses, so 100% goes to our children
  • be able to rely on the Trustees, three of whom have visited Sikkim
  • be able to increase your contribution by 25% through Gift Aid

How can I sign up?
Click here:
Sponsorship Form
​Since we were first involved in 2003, The Children of Sikkim has over the years found sponsors, arranged volunteers, and organised fundraising events. Latterly several students have moved into higher education. Samjyor was the first graduate, from Delhi university in 2016, and sponsored by the Dutch Trust. He is now a postgraduate law student.

Now the charity concentrates on finding pupils who have the potential to go through to complete higher education successfully. In February 2016, 11 new pupils, boys and girls aged from 10 to 15 started at Dr Graham’s Homes school in Kalimpong, just south of the Sikkim border, in West Bengal. They joined 4 older children already in the school.

In 2018 there are 13 children at Dr Graham's. We sponsor two stduentswho were at Dr Graham's but have now moved on to college In Namchi and Bangalore.