Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, more than you may be able to imagine. The child you support has substantial needs. In the real world, not every community is alike, and different aspects of need (abuse, hunger, gang-violence, illiteracy) are prioritized based on the needs of the children in a specific community environment. In every case, sponsorship supports a child’s education and allows caring adults to mentor them through their struggles. You make this transformation possible!
Child sponsorship starts at a minimum of $49 per month. If you can sponsor at a higher amount, please contact the office at 1-866-839-5437 to make arrangements.
Hope Story is a certified member of the Canadian Christian Council of Charities (CCCC), and as such, we undergo a rigorous certification process on an annual basis. Our CCCC Seal of Accountability means you can give confidently and generously toward the children in need. Every dollar we invest in children is outlined in a planned partner budget and accounted for through receipts from our field partners.
We hope that you can experience a long-term relationship with your sponsored child. The length of your sponsorship is dependent on many factors, such as when the child graduates, an unexpected departure of the child from the program due to family circumstances, or unforeseen circumstances that hinder sponsorship giving.
While we do not send physical gifts, you are encouraged to contribute financially to the child’s birthday or Christmas celebration. Contribute to the Celebration Fund here. To send a card to your sponsored child, go here. The purchase of appropriate gifts and of supplies for the celebration is coordinated through the program's Sponsorship Coordinator. Please feel free to donate online here or call our office at 1-866-839-5437. You may also email [email protected] to authorize a one-time pre-authorized debit transaction with your existing banking information.
The eligibility of each child is determined by an assessment of the child’s family income, living conditions and overall situation .
You may also send cheques on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.
If you need help setting up payment, wish to change your payment method, or need to update your financial information, please contact us by phone at 1-866-839-5437.
Yes, we only assign one child sponsor to each child*. However, due to our holistic approach to child and family care, differing living and inflation costs per country, and other variables, certain children may also have an education sponsor or may receive support through community builder contributions to help meet their needs that go beyond what monthly sponsorship can provide for. For more information please contact [email protected]
* Kenya is the one exception, where 2 sponsors are assigned to sponsor 1 child.
Child sponsors are connected directly with an individual child, and their support is guaranteed to go towards the outreach that impacts the child they support. Child sponsors are uniquely invited to encourage their child through communications, and will receive updates specifically from their sponsored child. Champions of Hope are monthly contributors to an individual church’s outreach to the children and families of the entire community. The support of Champions of Hope may also help the child you are sponsoring, however, Champions of Hope contributions can also go towards the development and growth of a program, such as, towards the training of teachers. While Child Sponsorship is a commitment to a child, Champions of Hope are committed to the broader outreach of the church. In either case, 85 cents of every dollar donated is directed towards the needs in the field.
As part of our child protection policy, we ask that all correspondence be sent via our office to be screened for appropriate content. In efforts to protect both children and sponsors, children are also prohibited from connecting directly with sponsors through social networking sites, by direct email or phone. We do encourage you to send an email message to your child through our website which can be completed here. Email messages are received quickly by our partner staff who then deliver them personally to the sponsored child, as many children do not have a postal address.
If you have additional questions about our sponsorship program, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-866-839-5437 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or email us at [email protected] at anytime and we would be happy to help!