Sun Child Sponsorship Program



DCI’s flagship Sun Child Sponsorship Program utilizes a comprehensive poverty alleviation model that focuses on individual children while bringing lasting change on a community-wide scale. The program’s primary objective is to provide severely underprivileged children with the resources they need to stay in school instead of having to enter the labor force, and thereafter keeping them on track to become independent and productive citizens through educational and training opportunities. In addition, the program provides health care as well as family and community support in the form of small business development and adult education.

The Need

  • Bangladesh has a population of 154.7 million and is one of the world’s most densely populated countries.
  • 50% of the population lives below the poverty line, 36% on less than $1 a day.
  • 42% below the poverty line are less than 18 years old and 11% are less than 5.
  • The primary school dropout rate is 35%, with the primary reason being poverty and need to work.
  • Nearly 5 million children between the ages of 5 and 15 are employed, most receiving little or no pay.
  • 450,000 children live on the streets in Bangladesh.
  • Widening income gaps give rise to trafficking and commercial exploitation of children.

Our Impact

  • 1200 children currently enrolled
  • 23 schools and 10 preschools receiving support
  • 930 children have completed preschool
  • 1195 children have completed primary school
  • 71 children have completed secondary school
  • 5000+ children receiving access to need-based healthcare
  • 1113 families have received income generating activity support
  • Seeds, plants, and fertilizer have been distributed to 800 families for homestead gardens
  • Safe drinking water has been provided in 3 schools
  • Sanitary latrines were built in 2 primary schools