Standard Sponsorship Project


Story & Background

Many households in rural area rely on subsistence farming to provide food and income for their families. Often, this type of income, selling corn (a commodity), can fluctuate in price and often produces not enough income to set aside savings at the end of the month.

See Aaron's interactive activity for a story: shorten it to 4-5 sentences and a couple different summary quotes.

Theory of Change

1-to-1 support encourages responsibility and accountability.

If you support a household’s ability to provide schooling, the household as a whole will be able to sustain a greater income though obtaining better jobs, and improve their standard of living, contributing to a greater future for their descendants and their village as a whole. A sustained, sustainable household that is able to progress itself, is able to be a productive and supportive member of the village community.


Support individuals at their most crucial moment in determining their future, and they will go on to have a better life afterwards: such as, earning more income, giving back to their community and family.


  • Pays for their tuition, graduation, and exam fees for one school year.

Desired Impacts

  • Higher graduation percentage
  • First graduate to attend college

Criteria of success

More kids have support through to graduation. Community is improved through the contributions that graduates make to it.

100% of the students that we sponsor advance to the next grade...

...which is something no other organization working in the area has been able to achieve.
In addition, we have found that sponsored students are performing above their peers on government issued exams.

The Student Sponsorship Selection Process

Students are selected for SSP based on a 7 step process, which Dr. Zikani Kaunda, Story Time Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, talks through below.

  1. Ask school teachers and headteacher what students are most in need.
  2. Ask the students from each class to give two names of students they would donate to help.
  3. See which names frequently appear.
  4. Have meetings with community groups and leaders, and ask them about which school-aged families are most in need of support, and ask about their story.
  5. Compile a list of students to visit.
  6. Visit the students' families and homes.
  7. Discuss with the students and families about income, size of family, educational goals, and more.


The Standard Sponsorship Project (SSP) matches students at Nsondole with individual donors.

  • It only costs $50/year to sponsor a student.
  • Students will be matched with donors on a first come first serve basis, as there are a limited number of students that Story Time sponsors.
  • Each year, Story Time sponsors about 20-30 students identified as most-in-need, allowing them to attend school.

To learn more about how to contribute to the Standard Sponsorship Project, visit the Donate page, where you will find specific information about our current campaigns for projects that are most-in-need.