We invite you to join us in making a difference in the lives of 700 secondary school students living in the direct provision system. Every Child is Your Child is committed to ensuring that these young individuals have the necessary tools to excel in their education journey.
The Department of Education has taken a positive step by providing support to primary school children, but there is still a gap to be filled for secondary school students. With just 38.90 EUR per week, many parents in the direct provision system struggle to meet the educational needs of their children, especially considering the additional costs associated with secondary education.
People living in Direct Provision are not entitled to any social welfare payments, the once-a-year back-to-school allowance is a small drop in the ocean to cover all back-to-school-related costs. It is a huge burden and challenge for parents living in Direct Provision as they must manage these expenses on a living allowance of €38.80 a week. The average cost for a secondary school child can average €1,400 and almost €950 for a primary school child (Barnados, 2020). According to a survey from the Irish League of Credit Unions. Parents said that to afford the basics, two-thirds will drop extracurricular activities, while 30% will not be able to give money for school trips. Under the best of circumstances, back-to-school expenses are challenging for families.
Our goal is simple: to provide each of these 700 students with a 30 EUR gift card to help cover back-to-school essentials. By doing so, we aim to ease the burden on parents and empower these students to focus on their education.
Your contribution can make a significant impact. No donation is too small, and every euro donated will go directly toward these gift cards. Let's come together as a community to show these young individuals that they are not alone and that we believe in their potential.
Previous campaigns (https://gofund.me/d3a014fc)have demonstrated the power of collective compassion. Let's continue this journey of support and solidarity.
Join us in making full access to education a reality for these students. Share this campaign with your network, donate, and let's bring positive change to their lives. If you have any other means that can help our campaign or would prefer to use a different donation method, please get in touch with us.
Thank you for being a part of this movement.
Every Child is Your Child Team