The other kids call Jason* names because he can’t read as well as they can.

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The other kids call Jason* names because he can’t read as well as they can.

Jason’s mum knows that her son’s tummy flips at the thought of going to school. He worries about being different because he’s poor, and about being laughed at because he’s so far behind in reading. He associates school with feeling isolated, out of place, and he’s unable to imagine that things will be any different this year.

Without the extra support he needs, Jason will continue to fall behind his peers.

Jason is growing up in poverty, because of a family tragedy.

Jason was only nine years old when his Mum, Sylvia, was diagnosed with cancer. Life for Jason’s family changed almost overnight. Sylvia’s cancer was so aggressive, it forced her to stop work and with no other family around it fell on Jason to look after her and his little sister.

To say they were doing it tough is an understatement. Every cent counted. Rent, groceries and medical bills took priority over everything else – including the books and pre-school learning materials. Sylvia would desperately have loved to give her children.

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It didn’t matter how hard Jason tried, he just fell further and further behind.

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It didn’t matter how hard Jason tried, he just fell further and further behind.

When Jason started school he was bright and top of his class. After just one year of looking after his Mum he was already behind his classmates. No matter how hard Jason tried, he just kept falling behind.

As the household and medical expenses built up Jason’s mum could no longer afford essentials like a school bag, proper shoes and a new uniform. Jason was teased for the way he looked and the things he didn’t have. He felt so embarrassed and ashamed and he couldn’t concentrate in class.

For most of last year, Jason spent lunchtime alone in a corner of the schoolyard, feeling stupid, lonely and out of place.

For only $48 per month you can provide a child like Jake with essential school supplies, a new uniform and life-changing learning support, so they can fit in and catch up to their peers.

Please will you provide life-changing support for a child like Jason?

Recently Jason’s family received the life-changing news that he would soon be getting a sponsor.

“I can’t explain how happy I am to know that soon Jason will have a sponsor,” says Jason’s mum, Sylvia. “When it happens he can get a new uniform and all the things he needs for school. He’ll be able to fit in and make friends — and get help with homework too. It‘s such a real relief to know that help is on the way.”

Unfortunately, thousands of children just like Jason are desperately waiting for a sponsor. We need your help to provide a disadvantaged child like Jason with essential school supplies, access to life-changing learning support and guidance from one of our Learning for Life Coordinators so that they can fit in, catch up and keep up with their peers.

YES, I WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR AN AUSTRALIAN CHILD

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Jason with his Learning for Life Coordinator

Through sponsorship you can make a real and lasting difference to a child’s life

As a sponsor you’ll provide financial support for vital school essentials that will help a child like Jason fit in with their peers and build their confidence at school. Each sponsored child also receives guidance and support from one of our Learning for Life Coordinators who works with the child and family to understand their specific needs. Plus, sponsorship ensures they have access to extra educational support programs and mentoring that allows them to make the most of their education.

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Right now thousands of disadvantaged Australian children urgently require a sponsor. For only $48 per month you can provide a child with essential school supplies, access to life-changing learning support and guidance from one of our Learning for Life Coordinators.

*Jason’s name, location and associated images have been changed to protect his identity.
1 ACOSS & SPRC (2016) Poverty in Australia, 2016, Australian Council of Social Services, Sydney.