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Next Step

The Next Step Sponsorship Program is a great way to support a young person for three or four years, helping to move them from sponsorship to independence.  The program equips our sponsored children for adult life so that they are fully prepared to live on their own once their sponsorship is complete.  Children move into the Next Step Program, with staff approval, after the completion of the general child sponsorship program.

Children in the Next Step Program, working with ECM staff, develop a written plan to guide them as they make the transition to a more independent life. The young person may choose to attend university, start a business, or choose some kind of vocational training or apprenticeship to enter a trade. The sponsors are given the option to support the young person through these critical steps until they are fully ready to start life on their own. Once they complete their training or higher education, they move on from the Next Step Program and begin supporting themselves while still receiving emotional support, mentoring, and spiritual guidance from our international staff.

ECM also makes academic scholarships available to students for university studies. Click here to help fund these scholarships for high achieving students.

For ECM's young entrepreneurs, Business Start Up grants are also available.  Click here to help turn dreams in to realities!
Mustafa lives with his mother in a village called Kotoku. Mustafa’s father is alive but does not live with the family or provide any support....
Susan entered our Next Step program earlier than usual because she gave birth to a child at age 15 and needed a way to quickly support herself.