Sponsor a Child

Sponsor a Child

Our crèches take care of children in a way their parents aren’t able to.  Parents typically earn less than $2 a day for hard physical labor.  They face illness, accident, monsoon rains, crippling debt, loss of spouse, inadequate housing, a bad diet and not enough to eat.  They are barely literate at best, and most are very low caste.





Up to nine hours a day, six days a week, eleven months a year, they rely on the crèches to give their children…

  • Food — two nutritious meals and a snack
  • Safety — children aren’t on the streets or home alone
  • Education — a sound pre-school curriculum in a Montessori-type setting
  • Health Care — weekly monitoring by a nurse with referrals to physicians as needed
  • Uniforms and sandals
  • A childhood — the opportunity to grow and develop as children are meant to

It’s  all free.  The crèches give children hope for a better future–and the basic tools to achieve it.


$27 per month or $320 a year.

Meet Jeniliya and Kannan, Crèche Children




Jeniliya is the youngest of three sisters.  They lost their father and hut in the flooding last December.  The family moved into the village to stay with friends.  Her mother works in a tea shop.  Jeniliya has a very hard life but her sisters are still in school and her mother is very healthy.  The crèche supports the family.


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Kannan’s mother and her sisters began working when they were six years old. They were all married very young, and Kannan now has eight siblings. Kannan is five years old and goes to crèche regularly, as do two other of his siblings. The older ones are in school now and live in a hostel since it’s too far to travel every day and there are no school busses.  His father wants to work but is a daily laborer and often without work. There is no food in Kannan’s house and he loves the crèche food.  He is a hero at the crèche because he is good at everything–dancing, writing and reading.


Thanks to the St. Johnsbury Academy, VT, students for collecting stories of crèche children during their April 2016 trip to the crèches .

You can give a crèche child a better future

$27 a month or $320 a year.


Questions and Answers for Sponsors

How will my monthly contribution be used?

100% of your monthly donation will go to the Betsy Elizabeth Trust and is enough to cover all of the expenses for one child for one month for school, teachers, full nutrition, health care, uniforms and shoes, and transportation. Teachers make home visits to all children on the wait list and enroll children from the poorest families to attend the creche. There is no charge for anything.

Will I be matched with a specific child?

No, and the reasons are these:

  • Resources: Two of HKI’s crèches have 50 children, each with five staff, and our third crèche has 70, with seven staff. 1:1 matches would eat up time that staff doesn’t have. Besides time, supplies for correspondence, photos, and postage would take from other needs.
  • Singling out students: It’s the ethos of the crèches that all children are treated equally. Letters and little gifts for specific children run contrary to this. The crèches give all the children small presents for special occasions. Even for the HKI Sweater Project they require us to have enough sweaters for an entire creche before any can be distributed.
  • Expectations: the encouragement given by donors can be wonderful but rest assured that the expectations teachers and parents have for these children are very high. With nearly three decades of crèche history, the entire creche community sees the successes crèche children have in elementary and high school. They are completing higher grades and going on to trade schools and college at a rate far exceeding their peers. Expectations are high and the kids deliver.
  • Community: We hope that your relationship will be to the crèches as a whole, to all the children, and to the work of the crèches.

However, there are instances where it is important to have some sort of connection, such as a class doing a sponsorship, or a grandchild and grandparent doing it together. Please contact HKI and we will gladly write a letter to the child or children explaining this and supply a photo of a creche child and his or her story.

Can I visit the creches?

Yes. Donors are warmly welcomed. If you are considering a trip to South India we can help you make the connection. Contact HKI at info@helpkidsindia.org

As a sponsor, what is my commitment?

You may choose one year, several years, or many. It’s up to you when to withdraw. Children enter the creches at age two and start first grade the June after their fifth birthday so most are in the creches three years. It’s a good amount of time to give children the health and foundation for success.

Do I need to make a payment every month or can I do it once for the whole year?

You can set up payments whichever way best suits you. You will receive notification of your annual contribution for tax purposes in January.

Are all the children in the creches cute?

Yes. Every single one.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.

–Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you for what you do!

Thanks to the St. Johnsbury Academy, VT, students for collecting stories of crèche children during their April 2016 trip to the crèches .

Please contact Help Kids India for more information: info.helpkidsindia@gmail.com

HKI is a non profit organization and contributions are tax deductible.

To contribute by check:  make payable to Help Kids India and mail to:
Help Kids India
PO Box 1022
East Corinth, VT 05040


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Donations made by check will receive a tax deductible letter.  Be sure to include your return address.

Donations made online will receive an email confirmation.