no uniform, stationery, bag or even shoes: kiwi kids too poor for school
This week, the Herald launched a campaign to find 200 sponsors for children whose parents can\'t afford school uniforms, stationery and other infrastructure to start the school year.
When Daniel Brown\'s eldest son first went to school, he wore a K-
Supermarket with no school badge because it cost only $3.
\"I see he feels a little different,\" Brown said . \".
\"He did see the sign on the shirts of the other children.
I couldn\'t afford it at the time.
\"Brown, 37, is the father of two young boys, eight-year-old eruvela and five-year-old Nico.
He can\'t afford the school uniforms, stationery or sports expenses of his two boys, who are now attending Bairds main freight Primary School in Otala.
Brown is studying hard.
At the school of manufacturing and engineering and technology, he and his children lived on $370. per-
Student loan week
So when the school counselor first told Brown about diversity
The Kiwi children\'s sponsorship program at the children\'s charity, he applied for Eruwera.
Not only does this mean that Eruwera has no sense of self
Aware of his uniform, but the sponsor paid the extra fee as well
This means that the little boy is able to take part in the course activities of a sports team.
\"This pays for his sports expenses and sportswear, which is really high for people like me,\" Brown said . \".
\"Having him on the team helps him meet new people, get along with others and help him improve his social skills.
\"Now Brown wants another generous Kiwi to sponsor Niko, who started school in October and needs everything to go to school.
Including red polo shirts with school badges, navy blue shorts, black lace-
Shoes, hats and stationery.
While Brown says the school understands and helps as much as possible, it\'s not enough.
Sponsorship not only means that Brown will have more money every week to take care of his children, but each of them can take part in sports, but it also has a positive impact on the whole family.
\"It just means I can see more smiles from them.
\"When the school returns next month, at least 240 children do not have basic requirements --
Money for school uniforms, shoes, school bags, lunch boxes, stationery, summer camps or sports, field trips and exams.
Their peers will be excited to collect stationery, meet new students and compare their Christmas holidays.
But children whose parents can\'t afford the tuition
Fees or donations are not included-
Either completely absent from class, or maybe wearing a budget version of the uniform, no sun hat, no shoes, and no books to write.
\"Education is free, but not free,\" said Lorraine Taylor, chief executive of Variety.
That means kids go to school without equipment and feel like a weird kid, says Taylor.
For some, this means that the start of their school year has been delayed.
\"The beginning of the school year is an economic challenge for families affected by poverty, so at this critical moment, children can not need the necessities,\" she said . \".
\"While everyone knows that going back to school after Christmas is not new, if you don\'t have any surplus, at that time of the year, especially if you have more than one child, it is very difficult to finance these high costs.
\"Of the 15 schools sampled by Variety, 3 had the highest school uniform price of $488. secondary], $244 [intermediate]and $300 [primary].
In response to this situation, the New Zealand children\'s sponsorship program was established six years ago, specificallyto-school costs.
The charity received a 769 return last year. to-school-
A total of $139,626 during the month period.
This year, it called on New Zealanders to be generous in helping the other 200 poor children get the best start of the school year.
It\'s over. it\'s a lot of money.
\"A separate project called\" learning laptops \"helps families who can\'t afford equipment in the fifth grade of primary school.
\"Over the past 12 months, we have provided 72 laptops to children across the country.
It just makes you feel the challenges your parents face in trying to meet these costs.
\"At the Te Papapa School at Onehunga principal Robyn Curry, witnessed the impact on children who started school without basic equipment.
\"What often happens is that families usually keep their children away from school until they have the basics or children coming to school, but you can see physically that they feel anxious, because they\'re like everyone else.
This definitely blows their confidence.
For the children, the first day of school is hard enough.
New teachers, new friends, sometimes new schools, then there is no proper stationery or uniform, no shoes and a lot of pressure.
\"Te Papapa, a low
The school has canceled the tuition and replaced the school uniform so no sign is needed.
A cheap polo shirt from K-
The blue or maroon market is enough.
Children are advised to wear their own sun hat, but not mandatory.
The cost of stationery dropped to $35 per child.
Variety\'s Kiwi children\'s program has huge positive benefits for recipients, Curry said.
\"For children, this means that they can start a school that is ready and ready to learn like other children.
Every child should be prepared to start school with basic necessities.
\"The sponsorship fee is only $45 per month, or the sponsor has the option to pay a higher monthly amount.
Various ambassadors and New Zealand children\'s sponsors, actress Antonia Preble said she has sponsored a child through the program since 2016.
\"I strongly encourage people to support the school\'s call,\" Prebble said . \".
\"There are currently more than 200 children on the waiting list and many of them are in a difficult situation because their parents cannot afford the necessities they need to start school, such as uniforms or stationery.
\"It\'s a very difficult time for these families, with just $45 a month, and we can reduce the financial burden by enabling children to go to school on time and use the right things, so feel confident.
This is a small contribution and has achieved great positive results.
West City star Prebble and outrageous wealth say it is rewarding to fund a child because it helps them to have \"a childhood that every New Zealand child should have \".
\"I receive letters and cards from my children every year, which are very cute and touching.
\"Prebble has been the ambassador of Variety since 2012 and would like to be the ambassador for the rest of her life.
\"I believe the work they do is so important.
Variety provides practical and practical help and support for Kiwi children and their families.
\"I saw it first --
Looking at how children can benefit from many of their initiatives, I absolutely like to be involved in anything they do.
\"Sponsored children to visit www. variety. org.
New Zealand, click on the sponsor children\'s link at the top of the home page.
Two brothers and sisters on the waiting list have recently moved and new schools will begin this year.
However, since their families are unable to pay the required flat fees, they have the risk of missing the start of the school year.
The three brothers and sisters in South were sponsored under the program six months after their mother was paralyzed, as she would complete the training of an apprentice electrician.
Her husband is all she has. time carer.
The mother, who declined to be named, said the family enjoyed $580 a week in benefits that did not extend to three school uniforms, $250 per school uniform.
\"Sponsorship is an amazing help.
One of the biggest differences is being able to provide a new school uniform and decent shoes for my kids that don\'t break in a month.
\"The children used to wear the second one.
Made fun of it.
She said the family hopes to enjoy benefits one day and be able to pay for them by funding a child on their own.
Started helping parents pay 769 back to school six years ago-to-
Claims relating to schools
During the month of last year, the total amount was $139,626. Currently, 3980 children sponsored by 3098 people have 240 children waiting for help this year, including school uniforms, school bags, hats, shoes, lunch boxes, stationery, sports, field trips, camps and exams are only $45 per sponsor per month. Visit variety. org.
New Zealand sponsors a child.