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.

What We Do?

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 gradate, 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 school.

In 2018 there are 13 children at DR Graham’s. We sponsor two students who were at Dr Graham’s, but have now moved on to college in Namchi and Bangalore.

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 the 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.

Sponsorship Form

    Form Notes
    * is a required entry in the form. If a required entry is not filled in or the format is not correct, a form error will result. You should be able to get back to the form to correct your entries. However if it locks, you may have to shut the site and re-open it.

    By submitting the form you agree to subscribe to TCoS mailings tailored for you.. These are sent out perhaps 6-8 times a year, with items of news, reports on students’ progress, letters from students and details of fund raising events. Contact details are kept secure and never shared. If you do not want to subscribe please enter No Mailings in the Comments box

    There are two ways to pay for sponsorship:

    • By Recurring Bank Card Payment
    • By Standing Order

    In either case, please start by filling in the sponsorship form and submitting it. Or send the details in the form direct to trustees@the-children-of-sikkim.org. This is so we have your details and can acknowledge your commitment.

    Recurring Bank Card Payment:
    Please use the button below which takes you to our page on the Total Giving site. To learn more about Total Giving, click here. The site allows you to make a Gift Aid Declaration on line, if you pay UK tax. This means we receive an additional 25% from the government.​

    Set up a Recurring Payment through Total Giving

    Standing Order:
    To set up a Standing Order with your Bank, our bank details are available here, password Sikkim.

    If you pay UK tax, please fill out a Gift Aid form and scan and email, or send in the post to the address on the form. The Gift Aid form is available here.

    CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

    The Children of Sikkim exists to support the education of disadvantaged children from Sikkim, in the Himalaya, NE India.

    We are a UK registered charity which helps such children to be educated in Sikkim and elsewhere in India, from primary school through to college or university.

    We give a child continuity of support so as to allow them to achieve their potential.

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