Child Sponsorship

Can I request additional photos or information about a child I am considering sponsoring?

If you are considering sponsoring or have begun within the last 90 days, all available information about a child is located on our sponsorship Web site. General information and recent photos can be found there. We are happy to accommodate requests for updated photos or additional information about a child after a sponsor has been supporting a child for a period of three months or longer. 

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I prefer to donate annually? How can I do this?

We welcome your annual child sponsorship donation.  Thanks for your support!  Here are a few options on how you can do this.

   
A: You can simply mail us a check annually.  Please fill out this form and mail this to us at the address at the bottom of the form.
  

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Can I be a sponsor even though I am not living in US ? What countries are sponsors living in?

Yes - you can sponsor a child from any country.  We have child sponsors for several countries worldwide - outside the USA - including Australia, England, Canada, Armenia and Belgium.  We also have people like you donating monthly from additional countries including Croatia and Cyprus.  So - as you see - we receive support from like-minded people located worldwide.

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Do you have any suggestions on what to include in a letter to my sponsored child? Any writing tips?

Definitely - See a blog post by one of our volunteers,.  It covers writing basics, what to ask, what to tell etc. http://bit.ly/write-sp

 

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Can I get more photos of the child before starting sponsorship?

Yes, you can get more photos of the child before you sponsor him / her.  It would take us a few days to three weeks to get them taken and uploaded to the child's profile or emailed to you.  The time depends on the child's location and the schedule of the local coordinator.  We also do not want to waste our time doing so - if you have not decided for sure to sponsor the child. 

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Can I make my sponsorship donation for several months in advance or on a monthly basis?

Typically donations are set up on a recurring schedule using a bank / visa card, PayPal etc.  This automatically makes the donation on the same day each month - for instance on the 10th or 30th etc.  If you prefer to make the donation yourself each month, you can also do this.  Checks are also welcome.

You can also pay for a period of time in advance such as 3 months or even a year or more.  We encourage this whenever possible.

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The donations that I am making are not showing up under my account. Could you explain why?

Your donations are currently not tied to this system.  We are considering entering them here but it would take a lot of manual data entry - hundreds each month. An added expense with no direct benefit.  We could add them here - but no definite decision at this point.  If you particularly want yours added, we can do so and add them here.  Just let us know. 

We can send also you a statement anytime you want - simply request one.  We will send one out in January showing all donations made in the previous year.

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Can you choose a child to sponsor for me - a child that needs it most?

Yes we can and will be happy to select a child for you / assign a child to you.  Simply fill out our Contact Us form and we will respond in 1-2 business days.

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What's the ratio of sponsors to child? Does more than one sponsor donate to one child?

We typically obtain 2 sponsors for each child, for the following reasons:

1.  Provides more funds to the family
2. Acts as insurance to ensure on-going support / stability. 

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How are my child sponsorship donations distributed? Do all funds go to the families or do some funds go towards community projects?

- The majority of donated funds go to the family to cover the child's schooling, health and related costs.  The primary focus is the child and the family.
 

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$30 is great - but not a whole lot. Can I sponsor my child with more than this amount?

Yes, you can do so.  Feel free to set up your recurring donations for any amount greater than $30.  The child and family will be delighted to receive your generosity. 

You can alternatively consider sponsoring more than one child at $30..

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I would like to mail a letter/package to my sponsored child? Could you provide me with a mailing address?

Yes we can provide this - send a message to amy@developafrica.org for shipping details. Please note that the most effective way to ship a letter/package would be to ship from your address to our shipper based in New Jersey and then from the shipper to Africa.  You would be responsible for all costs associated with shipping, which will be $50 per box from the shipper to Africa, plus any cost from your location to the shipper.

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How often will I hear from my sponsored child or receive an update?

You can expect to receive between 2-4 updates throughout the year.  These will take the form of photos, a grade-report card, response to your emails / letters sent to the child, a development update from the local worker etc. 
 

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I am unable to access my account on the Child Sponsorship Site. How do I reset my password?

Your username is your email address.  You can reset your password by

1.  Going to http://www.developafrica.org/sponsor-child-sponsorship

2.  Click on "Sponsor Log in"

3.  Click on "Forgot Password?"

You will receive an email with a new password. 

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Can I sponsor a child for less than $30 or jointly sponsor a child with someone else?

Yes you can start a co-sponsorship where more than one person will share / donate towards sponsoring the child.  This could be for instance $10 or $15 a month.  Together your gifts will be combined towards the child’s support.  You can either find one or more people to sponsor the child with you (recommended) or you can start on your own. We suggest you find a family member or co-worker to joint sponsor or co-sponsor a child with you.

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If for some reason I need to pause, change or discontinue my payment plan, can I do so at any time?

Yes, you are free to do so at anytime.  We understand your circumstances may change in one way or the other.

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Am I allowed to send gifts – for instance on the child’s birthday or at Christmas etc?

Yes, you are allowed to send gifts. 

We recommend that you carefully select an age-appropriate gift that is not battery-powered (so that the child will be able to use without having to purchase batteries).  We discourage any gifts that relate to war, violence etc. 
 

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What options are available for my monthly donation?

Below are two options:

Option A - Sign up Through The Sponsorship Site

Go to http://www.developafrica.org/sponsor-child-sponsorship

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What should I expect to receive when I sponsor a child?

Every child sponsor will receive, have access to or be able to do the following:

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Will I learn more about my sponsored child?

By sponsoring a child, you will have the opportunity to relate with and connect with a child.  This also extends to the family and the community as you will have an opportunity to learn more about the family and community. 

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How does the $30 benefit the sponsored child? What do funds go towards?

Your donation of $30 a month helps take care of the health, education and overall well-being of your sponsored child.  The families focus on ensuring the children receive regular meals and all school-related costs (miscellaneous school charges, special fees, events and activities, books, school supplies, uniforms etc). Additionally in some communities, we additionally provide other grouped services focused on making the community a better place. For instance after-school lessons / tutoring, counseling, computer / vocational training etc.
 

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Are there any additional ways I can help the child or the child's family - or even the community?

Yes.  See responses below for the child, the family or the community.

Child:
You might consider providing a range of materials that will be beneficial to the child.  This could range from assorted clothes to school supplies to even a laptop computer. The cheapest way to do this would be to ship the items by surface mail in a drum.  We could purchase the items for the child and ship them out to the child for you.  Cost will include the cost of shipping the items.  Recommended minimum budget for this is $300. 

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When are extra funds most valued by the child / families?

Most families value and appreciate extra funds / gifts at the beginning of the academic school year (August / September).  Some families have asked us to accumulate child sponsorship funds till this season when the are most in need for bulk funds to take care of school-related expenses.  If you would like to make an additional donation towards this at anytime, you are welcome to do so.

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Will I be able to visit my sponsored child?

Yes, we can arrange a visit to your sponsored child.  This can be a very rewarding and meaningful experience for both of you.  You will be responsible for all your travel, accommodation and related expenses.  We will be happy to help.

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How do I send a message to my sponsored child or see photos and documents from the child?

Go to http://www.developafrica.org/sponsor-child-sponsorship

1.  Click on "Sponsor Log in"

2.  Type in using your username (email address) and password.

3.  Click on "Submit" button

If you do not know what your username and password are or you signed up through the help of someone else, you can request a new password, by clicking on the "forgot Password" link.  If you need help with resetting your password, please send a message to child-at-developafrica.org and we will gladly assist you.

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How do I sign up for a recurring donation?

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How would I choose / sponsor more than one child from the same family?

We agree its a great idea to sponsor more than one child from the same family.  Simply contact us and we will provide you with an update on the children in the family that are available.

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How do I sponsor a child or sponsor an additional child?

Sponsoring a child is easy – with a 3 part process.  

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I have a question about child sponsorship beyond what is covered in these FAQs or the site. How do I submit a question or talk to someone?

We would be happy to answer any question that you may have.  Please fill out and submit this form.  If you prefer to discuss your question / concern over the phone simply indicate this when filling out the form and we will decide on a mutually convenient time to talk – within 1-2 business days.

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How can I find more about child sponsorship or choose a child?

You can choose a child from this page - http://www.developafrica.org/sponsor-child-sponsorship

You can learn more / read about child sponsorship here - http://www.developafrica.org/child-sponsorship-sponsor-child-africa

 

 

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