Sponsor a Family

Out of poverty into a sustainable future

Poverty and displacement put enormous strain on families, making family life difficult and in many cases tearing families apart.

MWB empowers families across eastern Europe to stay together by providing them with the resources needed to become self-sufficient. Besides helping families meet their basic needs, we also offer long-term education, counselling, and spiritual support in their journey to becoming independent.

Our family sponsorship program has changed the lives of over 1900 families in Eastern Europe, journeying with them through their darkest moments.  Yet, there are at least another 500 families who are in desperate need and are still waiting for a sponsor.

Without your support, these communities risk being forgotten and the next generation of children will continue to suffer in poverty.

For so many of these families, all they need to keep fighting against their unrelenting poverty is someone to show them that they are not forgotten, that their story matters and that there is someone out there who cares enough to help.

Have a tangible impact in the life of a family.

Our sponsorships also allow you to develop a personal relationship with a family, supporting them through their lows and celebrating their successes. Some of our families are Christians, for others, their journey with MWB has brought them to faith!

Many sponsors send their families letters and presents - some even find the opportunity to visit them. Your sponsorship helps families in need transform their lives and allows them to pursue their dreams and desires.

You can choose to share your sponsorship with three other supporters for $40 a month, or sponsor a family one-on-one for $160 a month.

Welcome to the MWB community, a global network of generous people committed to abolishing poverty for good.

 

Sponsor a Family in:

Albania
Albania
As a result of communism, Albania's economy was devastated to such a degree that it will take decades to repair. Independence in Albania came in December of 1990 and since then Albanians have been faced with high unemployment, insufficient pensions, rising food prices and unemployment as high as seventy percent. Life is hard for the families we work with, and a good education for their children will open doors and create opportunities for them. 587 of the children from sponsored families received a backpack and school supplies, and we have provided 21 scholarships for young people from our sponsored families who are now attending university – something they never believed could happen.
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Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bosnia-Herzegovina
The bitter fighting of a war that claimed the lives of over 250,000 people, has caused tremendous decrease in work production, a soaring inflation rate and extreme human suffering in this country. Despite the cease-fire, ethnic tension is still a daily problem. Murder, aggression, intimidation and abuse toward families have not abated. Refugees remain displaced, unable to return to their native towns and abandoned homes. MWB has been supporting families in this country since 1995, providing clothing, food, hygiene parcels and school supplies. In addition to meeting the material needs, our Family Sponsorship program offers hope for many by providing them with Christian input and support.
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Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Bulgaria is one of the main sources of human trafficking in the EU; women and children are increasingly sex trafficked domestically, as well as in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and the US; adults and children become forced labourers in agriculture, construction, and the service sector in Europe, Israel, and Zambia; Romanian girls are also subjected to sex trafficking in Bulgaria. Mission Without Borders in Bulgaria supports young vulnerable families - and the majority are from a Roma background. We hope to help these families build a strong and sustainable future for themselves and for future generations.
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Moldova
Moldova
For Moldovans, the last decade has been characterized by economic and social collapse as well as full political chaos. A million inhabitants, from a population of just over 3.5 million, have fled the country in hopes of finding work. Families are split up and children are left to fend in institutions and orphanages. Due to extreme poverty, parents are forced to send their children away to such places. If not, then they will starve to death. By offering assistance to destitute families, we hope to prevent a mother or a father from leaving the country in order to find work. We can contribute to keeping the families together and to spare the children the traumatic experiences of being abandoned by their parents to an institution.
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Romania
Romania
In 2007 Romania joined the EU. Whilst this move is helpful for much of the country, the poor continue to be forgotten and struggle to rise out of their poverty towards self-sufficiency. The current Romanian economic environment has left most of the modest families in the impossibility to help themselves. The material support combined with the spiritual, emotional and education support offered to the families in our Sponsorship program helps towards reducing the family's deplorable living conditions and offers them new perspectives and hope.
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Ukraine
Ukraine
Ukraine is going through a difficult period in its history. The war in the east of Ukraine, the weak economy and political instability all create tension and uncertainty in the nation. At such times, MWB Ukraine continues offering hope, love and support. We plan to support families living in poverty and provide much needed relief to the people in the conflict zone in East Ukraine, working to help restore the homes of struggling families and the heart of this nation.
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Your Sponsorship in Action

Overcoming Poverty

Your commitment to sponsor a family will mean that the basic needs of the family will be met by supporting them with food products, hygiene items, clothing, shoes and medicines; assisting them in critical times with such things as firewood, furniture, mattresses and building materials; and providing counselling and spiritual support. Almost all of the families we work with live below the poverty line and struggle day to day to survive. Many of them have complex, multiple needs and there are often issues such as addiction and domestic violence that need to be addressed.

Sharing Faith

It is the love of Christ that motivates everything we do – and our Family Coordinators build relationships, share their faith with families where there is interest, encourage them to become part of a local church, and disciple family members who want to grow in their faith. Your Sponsorship support will bring hope and joy to families as they come to know Jesus, develop skills to resolve conflicts and restore relationships, whilst being filled with peace that will see them break the cycle of poverty for future generations. The children are also invited to attend our Christian Input classes, After School Centres, Bible Correspondence course and Summer Camps.

Promoting Sustainability

Your Family Sponsorship will bring a family out of poverty and into a sustainable future. We work with families over a 5-8 year period, addressing their immediate and long term needs and helping them journey towards self-sufficiency. Our aim is to encourage the families toward self-sufficiency by offering them opportunities to improve their living conditions, to learn a profession or set up their own small business to earn an income.

HOW IT WORKS

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181 families became self sufficient last year thanks to our sponsors

1,099 families were given seeds and tools to help grow their own food

 

MWB partners with 178 churches across our 6 field countries.

 


 

Sponsoring a family has completely changed my life. Four years ago I chose to open my heart and sponsor a family of 4 from Albania. I was devastated by their story and wanted to help in any way I could. It’s one thing to pay a monthly sponsorship, send a gift and write a letter every few months, but to actually feel like they have become an extension of your own family is something I can’t put into words. We pray for them, share milestones with them and watch them all grow. I’m so proud of what they have overcome and excited for their future. They will forever be in my heart.

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT FAMILIES IN NEED

Partner with our Vocational Training Program

Your monthly support for this program will ensure that this vital resource will continue to provide young children and adults with the practical skills to success in life.

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