Sponsorships

The sponsorship scheme is one of the Venkat Trust’s great successes. There are now more than 400 children with sponsors, who pay £14 a month. The difference this money makes to their lives is immeasurable. £8 goes to the family for the child’s welfare and £6 is kept in a savings account for the more expensive years ahead when the child moves onto further education.

VMT sponsorships are handled by Aarthi, our administrator in Kovalam. If you would like to sponsor a child or have any queries about an existing sponsorship please contact Aarthi.

For many sponsors there is the added pleasure of seeing “their” young person leave school and go on to university or other further education. Education has changed their lives and they can now look forward to a better future. Many of of our sponsored children are now at university, in different further education or doing post grad degrees. Other young people, who were not sponsored, have been awarded university scholarships by VMT supporters on the basis of academic ability, good character and economic need. Meanwhile, previously sponsored children who have already graduated, are now enjoying stimulating and well paid jobs.

QUESTIONS SPONSORS SOMETIMES ASK

Q – What is my child’s surname?

Strange though it may sound, few people in South India have surnames; they just put their father’s initial before their name. If they have two names, they are both their first names, as in Mary Ann.

Q – Can I write to the child I sponsor?

Yes please, children love to hear from their sponsor and will write to you and send cards from time to time.

The address to write to is:

The Venkatraman Memorial Trust
Kailasa Nathar Koil Street
Kovalam 603112
Tamil Nadu
India

On the front of the letter or parcel please write the name of child followed by your surname in brackets (please be sure to do this to avoid confusion as we now have several sponsored children with the same name).

Q – What can I send?

Letters, photographs, postcards and small presents are all very gladly received. Again please be sure to include the child’s name and yours.

Q – Can I send money?

Yes, money is always very welcome indeed! It can either be sent either online to:

Account name: The Venkatraman Memorial Trust
Account number: 11349406
Sort code: 40-24-10

Please include your child’s name as reference.

PLEASE DON’T SEND CASH

If you prefer to use a cheque please send this to:

The Venkatraman Memorial Trust
PO Box 5039
Hove
BN3 5XL

Please include the name of child followed by your surname in brackets

Sumithra, one our first two sponsored children, told Sylvia her story, read it here and watch the short film.