Hello, I am a young boy. I have no brothers or sisters. My mother is a housewife and my father is a subsistence farmer. I live with my parents. My health is good and my progress is good. In school, my favourite subject is drawing. When I get home from school, I help my family by carrying wood. I enjoy soccer.
I live in a northern region of Guatemala called Cotzal. Many families in my community have small farms to grow things like maize and other vegetables to sell in the market. Many of our fathers are gone for long periods of time for seasonal work in coffee farms to provide for their families. There was an ugly civil war here before I was born, and we are still feeling the effects of that.
Child sponsorship is helping me and empowering my family to take care of me. Before FH came to my community, about half of the kids did not attend school because of malnutrition or because their parents could not afford to send them. Now, things are changing! Nearly all of the kids are able to go to school.
FH staff are helping me reach my God-given potential. Staff teach our mothers about preventative health care and give us hygiene kits. Our fathers learn better ways to farm. I can go to school and learn - I get a chance at a future.
Please pray for me and my family as we work with our community to make things better. Thank you for providing me with support and hope.
Your sponsorship is part of a plan.
QUESTIONS? WE'VE GOT ANSWERS!
Q. How much does it cost?
A. It costs $38/month to sponsor a child.
Q. Is child sponsorship tax deductible?
A. Yes! We’ll send you a tax receipt for your yearly sponsorship total every February.
Q. What do I do if my contact or payment information changes?
A. Please call 1-800-667-0605 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to report a change of address, phone number, banking or credit card information.
Q. What if I fall behind on payments?
A. Let us know if you run into difficulty and need to make alternate arrangements. Life happens and we do our best to find a way to keep the sponsorship relationship you’ve developed until you get back on your feet. You matter to us as well.
Q. Can I post about and/or contact my sponsored child online?
A. In order to protect the wellbeing and privacy of sponsored children and their families, we ask you to only refer to a child’s first name if you are posting online. Please do not attempt to contact your sponsored child via social media as this threatens the privacy and safety for both you and your sponsored child.
Please use our message center to write to your child.
Q. What communications can I expect as a sponsor?
A. We will send you a letter of introduction from your sponsored child within the first few months of your sponsorship. You’ll also receive an annual progress report on how your sponsored child is doing and a Christmas card from him/her.
Additionally, we will send you a few general Food for the Hungry updates throughout the year so you can see the larger picture of sustainable development you are a part of in your child’s community.
Q. How long do I need to sponsor?
A. Our promise is to graduate communities out of poverty in 10 years. We ask sponsors to walk with a community for as much of this journey as possible. Consistent, monthly sponsorship builds peace of mind and security for parents, allowing them to focus on building long-term solutions for their families.
Once a community graduates, you are invited to walk alongside another child and their family and help them thrive as well.
If you feel you’re unable to continue your sponsorship due to financial limitations, please call us at 1.800.667.0605 to discuss options. (see next question)
Q. Will I always sponsor the same child?
A. Generally, you will sponsor the same child for the duration of your commitment although some rare exceptions do occur:
their family moves out of the program area,
they or their parents opt out of the program,
they graduate from school,
or the child passes away.
Q. Can I visit my sponsored child?
A. Yes! If you’re planning to be in the area where your sponsored child lives, let us know before you leave Canada and we will do our best to make this possible. Arrangements can be made once you have completed our application process which is designed to protect both you and your sponsored child
Can’t find the answers you are looking for? We're here to help.
Call us: 1.800.667.0605
Email us: email@example.com
Write your child. Grow a relationship.
A great way to build a relationship with your sponsored child is by writing to them. Your communication will give you the opportunity to learn all about your sponsored child. Share successes and challenges while encouraging your sponsored child in school and family life.
How letter writing works.
1. Mail us a letter or use our online writing tool.
2. We'll send your letter to your child's country where it will be translated by Food for the Hungry staff.
3. Your translated letter will be transported to their village and hand delivered by our dedicated staff.
4. Your child will be thrilled to read your letter and will send you a reply.
What to write.
It's not hard to write a letter. Keep it simple. Share a little about what your life is like, what you like to do in your free time, or a something about your family. Feel free to ask your sponsored child a question about their life. Think about the the things that were important to you as a child. Family. Friends. School.
Children love their letters and cherish them forever. Your efforts can make a huge impact!