“Sponsor a Child”is one of the core goals of EDA








Through its project, "Sponsor a Child", EDA launches a sponsorship scheme for Eritrean refugee
children living in The Sudan and Ethiopia.

Sponsor a Child will focus to ensure that the sponsored child gets an opportunity to attend school
and aquires vocational skill and knowledge for a bright future by overcoming the day-to-day
challenges at the refugee camp.

Background of Eritrean Refugees:

During the struggle for Eritrean independence against the Ethiopian occupation which lasted for 30
years (1961-1991), the Ethiopian occupation army unleashed the scorched earth terror using aerial
and artillery bombardment and roving troops that rounded up villages and towns, burned homes,
slaughtered cattle and destroyed crops.  Such indiscriminate and perpetual mass killings escalated
to all over Eritrea.  It was this horror that created big waves of flights across the border into
neighboring countries, particularly The Sudan for refuge.

Since independence, Eritrea has been ruled by a self appointed dictator that has denied the
Eritrean people to live in peace, justice and prosperity.  The youth has been leaving the country to
escape forced conscription and persecution imposed upon them by the existing rogue one-man and
one-party regime.

Today, the number of Eritrean Refugees living in The Sudan is over 770,000.  The living standard is
low with inadequate health services and schools for the children.  This kind of hardship led EDA to
initiate this “Sponsor a Child” program.

Sponsor a Child

EDA, through its project Sponsor a Child will strive to help the Eritrean refugee children and their
families trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty to overcome difficult circumstances and achieve their
dreams of self-sufficiency.

How child sponsorship works?

Sponsorship is the best way to change the life of a poor child in a developing country.  Your
sponsorship through EDA connects you with one very real child and his or her family.  Your
donation can transform the life of a needy child in poverty by providing him or her with some of life’
s basic needs, education, health care and nutritious food.  

How much does a sponsor have to contribute to sponsor a child?

It costs a sponsor less than one dollar a day.  Each sponsorship pays $20.00 a month or $240.00 a
year, payable in advance quarterly, every six months or annually, whichever is convenient.  Your
sponsorship donations are tax deductible.  EDA is a tax exempt nonprofit corporation.  No
deductions will be made from the sponsor’s donations for administrative purposes or any overhead
costs.  EDA volunteers will facilitate the process at no charge to anyone.  Therefore, all sponsorship
payments 100% will go to the sponsored child or his / her family.  If for any reason at any time, you
are unable to continue the sponsorship, please remember to inform us three months in advance
and within that time we will find a sponsor and ensure the uninterrupted support to the child.

What do you get as a sponsor?

The sponsor’s ultimate reward is spiritual satisfaction and self fulfilment by impacting a real and
lasting difference in the life of a growing child.  You'll know you are making a difference through the
photos and letters you receive from your sponsored child. You will also receive an annual report
from EDA on project reports and how funds were delivered. As a sponsor you may want to send
cards or letters to your child to help build a relationship.

We are calling for your help in giving a light of hope to a child in a desperate need.

Contact us at
EDA, Inc.
5438 Giuffrida Court
San Jose, CA 95123
U.S.A.

Or email at
eritreacare@yahoo.com

Sponsor a Child
Enrolment Form

First Name ____________________ MI _____ Last Name _____________________

Address ______________________________________________________________

City _____________________ State / Country _______________ Zip code ________

Tell # _____________________ E-mail address ______________________________

Yes, I am pleased to sponsor a child living in the refugee camps in The Sudan and Ethiopia.  With
the help of my contributions, I want the displaced child to go to school, enhance his / her human
dignity and grow up to a self sufficient adult.  

Please sign me up as a sponsor and keep me informed of the progress.

I want to make a monthly contribution of $20.00 payable on:

$60.00____ Quarterly,      $120.00___Every six months,    or   $240.00___Annually

Send your contributions payable to:

Eritrean Democratic Association, Inc.
And mail it to:

EDA, Inc
5438 Giuffrida Court
San Jose, CA 95123
U.S.A
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