Our founder Matt Kepple started sponsoring a child while he was studying Chemistry with French, Maths and Physics at The University of Birmingham. He paid £18/month to sponsor a boy called Angel from Honduras and provide him with food, clothing and education
But after a few of months Matt could no longer afford to continue donating £18/month a month so he had to cancel his sponsorship. Frustrated, embarrassed but not undeterred, Matt had an idea: what If he asked his friends to chip in £1/month to collectively sponsor the child together?
Matt’s friends liked the idea so over the next few weeks Matt recruited a team of student volunteers to run a campaign called Sponsor a Kid for a Quid. After 3 months, 150 students and staff had signed up to donate £1/month to collectively sponsor 10 children.
The idea won an award from Channel4 and Matt was invited to become one of The RSA’s youngest Fellows. Matt graduated and began working in a London advertising agency. Meanwhile the student volunteers continued running Sponsor a Kid for a Quid in Birmingham and Matt began wondering how to bring the idea to London
*The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufacturing