We have the support of some marvelous friends and we are always looking to expand the Taksenkangbloung family. There are a few main ways you can help.
Sponsor or Donate
Our ongoing monthly sponsors are vital to our mission of providing our day program participants with a life full of choice and opportunity. We prefer ongoing sponsorship, even if only a small amount, as it is a more stable form of assistance and therefore is of most benefit.
There are three levels of commitment to choose from starting from $20 per month but we are always open to discuss your needs. For a sponsorship information pack and application form please email email@example.com.
Our sponsorship model takes into account every participant in the day program rather than linking one sponsor with one participant. This avoids feelings of favouritism or resentment and allows for all children to feel equal and included. Support goes directly to the running of the program as a whole.
You may prefer to make a one-off donation. You can do this by contacting us directly at any time, or by attending one of our fundraising events in Australia such as a movie night, trivia night or barbeque. From time to time we also seek crowd-sourced funding via social media. We make our fundraising goals clear in each particular instance and provide updates as funds are raised, so be sure to follow us on Facebook.
We would also love to hear from you if you would consider hosting your own event to raise funds for the centre!
If you would like to join our mailing list to receive newsletters and event invites please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome the help of volunteers both back in Australia and in-country.
Responsible in-country volunteering
We know you will understand and support our commitment to responsible volunteering. We are only able to accept in-country volunteers if there is a particular demand for a project. We are very conscious about impacting as little as possible on the normal day-to-day running of the centre.
We also avoid denying qualified local people the opportunity to earn a wage by replacing them with volunteers. As such, most projects are managed by paid local staff (such as building contractors) whom volunteers work alongside and take instruction from. Our volunteers are there to assist when needed.
Projects are chosen based on the needs and wishes of the local people who know their environment and their requirements well. We seek the help of volunteers for these various predetermined projects for medium and longer-term commitments. Volunteers are matched with reference to their skills and experience. An induction is provided, and volunteers are required to obtain a working with children clearance (free for Victorian residents for the purpose of volunteering) and sign an agreement relating to photography and conduct guidelines.
Teaching volunteers are often welcome if the need permits. Non-qualified teaching volunteers mainly assist our local teachers in the classroom by focusing on reading and pronunciation during English classes, while qualified teaching volunteers consult with our teacher on lesson plans and curriculum.
Please email email@example.com for information on any upcoming opportunities we may have. Further, should you have a particular project in mind you would like to pitch, we’d love to hear from you. Email us for a copy of our project plan template.
You will never be charged a fee to volunteer with us but you will be expected to cover all of your own expenses (food, accommodation, transport, insurance etc).
Volunteering from home
We are always keen to hear from people who wish to offer their services in anything from organising fundraising events, to web design, designing publications, and just generally getting the word out there for us.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.