How to Sponsor a Native American Child

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How to Sponsor a Native American Child
How to Sponsor a Native American Child

Native American children encounter perennial social issues such as deep poverty, drug dependence, alcoholism, high suicidal tendencies and orphanhood. These problems are rooted in Native American history and identity. Sponsoring a Native American child can greatly alleviate the community woes by a single investment of hope in a life.

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1. Contribute to a Native American child’s education. Because of the scarcity of nearby institutions on Native American reservations and the high cost of education inclusive of tuition and accommodation fees, scholarships and educational grants and awards boost the chances of bettering the future of Native American children in altering perspective and presenting opportunity. Charitable religious organizations open a way for sponsors to commit to a Native American child’s welfare through spiritual guidance, prayer and alms. Missions traditionally concerned with Native Americans, such as the American Indian Christian Mission, support and encourage such sponsorship.

2. Adopt a Native American child. Adopting a Native American child demands much more commitment and longevity; the child benefits, however, and the sponsor reaps the intangible rewards of the parenting experience. Operation Morning Star urges adoption of a Native American child. Whether under your roof or from far away, a sponsor can directly or indirectly take in a child making funds available to cover basic necessities.

3. Mentor a Native American child. Friendship and mentorship programs exist that help sponsors reach out to Native American children plagued with challenges such as academic under-performance, depression, suicide and drug dependency. Futures for Children and One Spirit are two such programs dedicated to adding to the social support network for greater personal development.

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