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.
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. Can I send gifts to my sponsored child?
A. In North America, we often express affection through gift-giving. However, when one sponsored child receives a present from their sponsor, it often negatively affects the sense of fairness in the community. It can also create an expectation for more or greater gifts. Based on feedback from our community staff, we created a Gift Guide where sponsors can choose gifts that are needed within their child’s community. Instead of sending individual presents to each sponsored child, we invite sponsors to select gifts that will help the whole community thrive.
Your gift of consistent support is the best gift that can be given! It helps provide items and opportunities for your sponsored child and their family (school fees, supplies, training for parents, etc.). And remember, a personal message to your child will be treasured for years to come! Write your child today.
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
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
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