Sponsor a Child FAQ
How long will my sponsorship last?
We hope you will sponsor your child until he/she completes secondary school. Since many children begin school later or miss years if they are unable to pay for materials prior to sponsorship, we allow students to stay in the program if they are progressing academically until they are 24.
To make a greater impact, WHI focuses on specific communities and partner schools. Sometimes a child’s family moves out of the area we are serving or stops attending school for a variety of reasons. You will be notified if your child moves or otherwise becomes ineligible for the program. If this happens, we will provide an opportunity for you to sponsor another child in need.
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD SPONSORSHIP: If your sponsored child is unable to attend school, we hope you will continue your sponsorship until the child reaches the age of 18.
How are my sponsorship contributions used?
We know each gift given to World Hope International (WHI) is a sacrifice and we are committed to using that gift to transform the lives of children in need. Child sponsorship impacts children through the opportunity for quality education. We have learned, though, that it is not enough to send a child to school. WHI addresses the holistic needs of children and communities.
Each country and community where we operate is faced with various needs and barriers for a child to receive an education. In some countries, free education may be provided, but a child may be too sick or hungry to learn. In other countries, a school system may be too dysfunctional and lack the quality teaching and supplies needed for a child to learn. Likewise, many communities may not understand the long-term value of sending their children to school and the barrier faced is a mentality that devalues education. WHI’s success is measured not only by whether the child is attending school, but also the impact the overall programming has on the specific region’s food security, decrease in sickness, change in mentality towards education, increased education level of teachers, and availability of school supplies.
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD SPONSORSHIP: Your sponsorship gift is uniquely used to provide a caseworker who will help facilitate a family plan to improve your sponsored child’s life. This plan often includes physical or occupational therapy and specialized equipment made by local carpenters and tailors. If your sponsored child is able to attend school, your sponsorship helps with the cost of school fees, supplies, and a uniform.
Read the COVID-19 FAQ for Sponsors.
How does WHI ensure financial accountability?
Financial accountability is of primary importance for WHI. We monitor each of our programs and take corrective actions when necessary to ensure funds are used appropriately. You can read more about our affiliations and certifications here.
Will I receive a bill each month?
How can I correspond with my sponsored child?
To ensure protection for both you and the sponsored child, all correspondence must flow through the Child Sponsorship office at the following address: 1330 Braddock Place, Suite 301, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please include your child’s name on the card or letter. If your child speaks a language other than English, your letter will be translated into the child’s primary language. You may also send your correspondence via email to ChildSponsorship@worldhope.org or use the online form by clicking here.
COVID-19 Update – The Postal Service has temporarily suspended mail service to all partner countries. We will continue to process and hold sponsor letters until delivery is possible.
What should I write about?
How will my sponsored child communicate with me?
You should receive an update twice a year. Younger children who cannot write may draw a picture. You will also receive an updated photo every year.
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD SPONSORSHIP: Each year you will receive an annual therapy update and photo. If your sponsored child is able to write a letter or draw a picture, you will receive these treasures as well.
Can I send extra funds for special gifts to my sponsored child?
Celebrating special days in your sponsored child’s life is a wonderful way to further encourage and extend love to children impacted by child sponsorship through WHI.
We encourage sponsors to consider a special financial gift for Christmas and Birthdays. The suggested gift is between $10 and $25. Funds received are pooled for annual celebrations for all children impacted by child sponsorship. You can also celebrate your child’s birthday by sending a special card or letter! Your words are powerful in their lives.
How do I give a Christmas gift?
Donate at any point in the year! Please note in the comment section “Christmas gift for sponsored child(ren).” Funds are pooled for celebrations for all children at each site. This way no child is left out!
May I send a package?
No. Unfortunately, high import fees and various restrictions by some governments prevent us from forwarding packages. You may consider including flat items in your letters or cards. Age appropriate bookmarks, scripture cards, and stickers are very popular among sponsored children.
Can I visit my sponsored child in person?
Yes! Meeting your sponsored child will be an unforgettable experience for both parties! Every measure is taken to protect the children that we serve. There are special requirements that must be met before you can visit your sponsored child and it can only be done under WHI’s permission and supervision. If you have an interest in meeting your sponsored child, we will work to connect you with a WHI Short-Term Missions Trip in that country. If you will be personally traveling to the country, apart from WHI, we require that you facilitate the meeting of your sponsored child through our program office.
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World Hope International is committed to sound stewardship and using your gift to deliver the most effective, sustainable solutions for alleviating poverty, suffering, and injustice. In the fiscal year 2019, 91% of all expenditures went to program services. In order to use our resources in the most efficient manner possible, we may deem it necessary to redirect your contribution to the greatest need or our general purposes.