Child Sponsorship FAQs
How do we get the student’s stories and photos? When American teams visit the school we often asked them to help us get stories and photos of the students. The children line up and sit with an interpreter and a transcriber. They are asked simple questions and their answers are translated and written down on the sponsor card. This is the information and picture you will receive in the mail after you choose your sponsor child.
What does sponsorship provide? While you are truly helping your sponsor child, in actuality you are helping the entire community. Your monthly donation is combined with the gifts of other sponsors to support the operating budget of the school. This fund provides a quality education, basic healthcare and feeding program for 1200+ students Kindergarten thru 9th. It also provides the salaries for 44 Haitian staff (administrators, teachers, cooks, security, and latrine manager) empowering these individuals to provide for their families. You can trust that your donation impacts the daily life of the impoverished community of Pele and provides hope for it’s children.
Why do the children need a sponsor if they are already in school? We count on regularly monthly giving to support the needs of the school. Without monthly sponsorships we could not run the school and pay the teachers and purchase the food, etc. Our goal is to cover the school operating expense with recurring monthly sponsorships.
How do I communicate with my child? Communication between child and sponsor is an important part of the relationship. Through the website you will be able to log in and write a letter to your child. Your letter is forwarded to the program administrators for translation and then delivered to the child. You can also mail a letter and include a photo or your family to our address below. Please allow 3 months for processing. We ask that your letter follow these guidelines:
- Encourage your sponsor child in their education and in their faith.
- Share information about your life and your family but be careful not to share in such a way that may cause jealousy or envy.
- Do not include any personal contact information including telephone number, address, email address, twitter, facebook, or any other way that the child could contact you directly. This is for both your protection and the protection of the children.
- Do not include any promises such as a promise of a gift, a visit, or other forms of support. Despite our best intentions, sometimes we are not able to live up to these promises which can have devastating effects on the child.
How do I pay? You will be instructed to create a PayPal account if you do not have one. Through PayPal you can set up a recurring donation with your PayPal account, bank account or credit card account. If you prefer to pay by check please mail it to this address: 400 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite #5-285, Suwanee, GA 30024. The cost is $25 per month.
Can I sponsor more than one child? Yes, you can sponsor as many as you would like. Once you select your first child and create an account, simply add more children by selecting their photo and clicking Sponsor This Child.
Is my donation tax deductible? Yes, we are a 501(c)3 organization and will send you a tax receipt at the end of the year.
What can I expect? After you select a child and set up your recurring payment you will receive an email confirming your sponsorship. You will also receive monthly email updates from us, and at least one letter from your child per year.
You can also expect to feel blessed to be a part of something that matters so much in the life of a child!