How long does sponsorship last?
Children in the child sponsorship program are between the ages of 5 and 21. We allow children who started school late to stay in the program until age 21. When you choose a child to sponsor, that child will remain in the program as long as they remain in school and in the community, or until the community graduates from the program. Your monthly donation helps to provide for that child during that month. If you choose to stop your sponsorship at any time, just let us know. We’ll find another sponsor. If the child graduates from the program, ages out, leaves the community or the community graduates, we can help you choose another child to sponsor.
Can I visit the child?
Yes. You are more than welcome to visit your sponsored child. Please give us a call to find out how this is possible.
How do we select the communities?
Food for the Hungry selects communities based on greatest need and the willingness of the community to participate in their own development. We purposely seek out some of the world’s hardest places because that’s where we feel we are called to serve.
How often will I hear about the child? And from the child?
When you sponsor a child, you will receive an initial welcome package that includes a letter from our president, a video that will acquaint you with sponsorship and information about the child. Throughout the year, you will also receive updates, prayer and praise requests from the areas your sponsored child lives, along with a Christmas card from your sponsored child. Your sponsored child will respond to up to four letters you send during the year.
Can I send gifts to my child?
Yes, but with limits. We welcome such gifts that can fit into a standard envelope, such as bookmarks, stickers and paper dolls, but cannot accept anything bigger. Elaborate gifts can set your child up for jealousy within the community, or even a feeling of dependency on you rather than their parents.
Does the money go directly to the child/family?
No. Your child sponsorship payments are leveraged with the donations of other sponsors to make your sponsored child’s community a healthy place to grow up. Food for the Hungry works with churches, leaders and families to develop transformational solutions to the community’s biggest obstacles. Our programs equip your sponsored child’s family to adequately provide for needs such as education, health and nutrition.
What does the $35 a month provide for the child?
Through our programs, your sponsored child will have access to things like clean water, an education, improved healthcare and better nutrition. Your monthly pledge provides resources to empower the community to better care for its families and children.
Is this a real child/how many sponsors does each child have?
Food for the Hungry child sponsorship pairs a single child with a single sponsor. As long as you continue your monthly sponsorship, no one else will sponsor that child.
Can I have communication with my child?
Absolutely! We encourage you to write to your sponsored child. Through consistent monthly support, letters, and prayers—you and your sponsored child build a relationship that ministers to both of you. Your sponsored child’s community will also experience lasting change.