Q – How much does child sponsorship cost?
A – Sponsorship for the Education Program is $15/month. Sponsorship for a child in the Family Program is $60/month. Click here to sponsor
Q – What does sponsorship of the Education Program cover?
A - $15/month covers education supplies (books, pencils etc), uniform (including shoes) and a small portion of the staff wages. It does not fully cover the teachers’ wages.
Q – What does sponsorship of the Family Program cover?
A - $60/month covers food, clothing, shelter, cleaning and basic living supplies and health costs. We continue to support children that are placed in foster care or kinship programs through a monthly stipend to the supporting family.
Q – How many children are in the Eagles Wings Program?
A – Our Education Program provides high quality schooling for 30 students per grade, from grade 1 to grade 12, totalling 360 students per year. Our Kanyala campus operates as a feeder program from which new students are assessed. There are approximately 80-100 students in this class each year. A number of these students will go into Grade 1, but some of the older students who join the Kanyala class are assessed as being suitable for the higher grades.
Q – Do you also work with adults?
A – Yes, in addition to our grades 1 – 12, we also have Adult Education classes for our community members (mostly women) who missed the opportunity to attend school as children. These women learn basic numeracy and literacy before progressing to learn a skill such as tailoring or knitting. There are 45 students enrolled in the Adult Education program each year. Watch Promo video to see the program in action
Q – Why can’t I support a specific child?
A – We operate a program support system and not an individual child support system. Therefore your donation supports the specific program indicated as a whole and not an individual family or child in which you would correspond with. This allows Eagles Wings to operate with a small administration percentage and maximise donor funds to effectively reach the grassroots level.
Q – What are the administration costs for Eagles Wings Australia?
A – 6% of our tax deductible donations go into administration costs with our project partner, Global Development Group. This partnership ensures that EWA and EWZ are effectively operating according to DFAT guidelines for aid and development projects and adds another level of accountability to our operation. Our Australian administration expenses are very low, with all Board and management positions being filled by volunteers. This means none of our Australian board are paid for their time or efforts to ensure maximum funds to the project. Our total administration percentage is less than 10%, including the fees to maintain our website, bank charges, donation cards and insurance.
Q – Can I visit Eagles Wings Zambia?
A – We would love for you to visit Zambia to meet the students and staff and see the communities in which we work. There is an opportunity to join the Camp Team each year or a Medical Team every second year. As the need arises, we also send building teams for specific projects. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for upcoming trips. Individual trips are possible. See the upcoming teams
Q – What’s with the bike rides?
A – The bike rides were Reid’s idea because no one has had the heart to tell him that cars now function as efficient and valid forms of transport. Another explanation is that we believe that the day to day effects of grinding and dehumanising poverty are hard to fathom for us living in Australia. Our simple idea is that in attempting challenging rides we get to put ourselves under physical and emotional stress that might in some way allow us to get a small glimpse of how much effort it takes to live in poverty. Plus it has operated as an effective fundraising vehicle for a few years now too. So solidarity and fundraising in equal measure. Join us on our next Challenge
Q – How can my church or small group find out more about Eagles Wings?
A – The best place is where you are reading these FAQ’s- the website. Following that, feel free to get in touch with any specific questions and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Contact Us
Q – Can I be on a mailing list to get regular updates on Eagles Wings?
A – Yes! We send out 2 Education Program reports each year and 2 editions of EW News. You can also stay in touch by liking our Facebook page Subscribe to our Mailing List
Q – How long has Eagles Wings been operating?
A – Longer than my kids have been around! After working within the community for a number of years Mr Lackson Matolokoshi, with the support of his family, local church (Grace and Truth Baptist) and a few Aussies formalised educational and social service initiatives in December 2003. This enabled a clearer vision and direction for all involved and the foundation for creating Monkey Fountain Campus (2006), Adult Education Programs, Transit home facilities, foster/kinship care initiatives and annual Camp Program. In 2015 the first grade 12 students of Monkey Fountain Campus graduated and will now enter the world with a sense of hope and determination to reach their God given potential.