Sponsor a ChildFrequently Asked Questions
How long will my sponsorship last?
Sometimes a child’s family moves to an area out of the reach of where we are serving. 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 that you will continue your sponsorship until the child reaches the age of 18.
How are my sponsorship contributions used?
Each country and community where we operate is faced with various needs and barriers for a child to receive an education. In some countries, 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 the 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.
How does WHI ensure financial accountability?
Will I receive a bill each month?
How can I correspond with my sponsored child?
What should I write about?
How will my sponsored child communicate with me?
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 on occasion, as well.
Can I send extra funds for special gifts to my sponsored child?
We encourage sponsors to consider a special financial gift for Christmas and Birthdays. The suggested gift is between $10 and $25. Funds received are used for celebrations for 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.