For us, providing an education for someone is crucial and has immeasurable effects. No one knows what one person with an education can go on to achieve and that’s what’s so exciting about it.

For many children, education is just a dream because they are denied access as a result of poverty, war or natural disaster. This tragically limits them to a life of low paid casual labour, makes them vulnerable to child trafficking, homeless, left to beg on the streets, become involved with gangs, drug distribution and exposes them to disease. Gaining access to education poses a real challenge for most children living in poverty. For most families, paying school fees is beyond them, especially when they have a lot of children. Many struggle to simply find food for their children so education is often just not an option. Families also have to cover not just the school fees but the extra school requirements ranging from schoolbooks, uniform and shoes and exam fees. If a child does not arrive at school with everything asked of them, they are at risk of being sent back home.

Smile International is helping to change this by providing education projects in Africa and Asia as well as our Child Sponsorship programme. We have directly helped to educate over 860 children, an education that they would otherwise not have received. We feel so strongly about providing an education as it offers people an opportunity to get out of the cycle of poverty and so much more.

Smile International is providing opportunities for children at risk and those living in extreme poverty to receive an education by paying for their school fees, providing uniforms, as well as covering the costs of children’s exam fees. We are also working to improve the environment in which children learn and the materials the educators have available.

What can you do to help? We have set up a special Education fund to which you can donate any amount of money which will go towards providing children living in poverty with the opportunity to go to school and receive an education.

Or you can sponsor a child for £25 a month, just 83p a day and you can make a world of difference to a precious life and make their dream a reality. You can give a child the opportunity to see the world in a different light. To explore the world, to learn about the world in which they live and how, in this world, their life matters.