Becoming a child sponsor is a wonderful and personal way to express unconditional love to a child who’s been abandoned or otherwise orphaned. Your sponsorship will help provide for your child’s needs and will make a lasting impact—even an eternal difference—in his or her life!
When you sponsor one of our children, your monthly gift provides not only life’s essentials like food, shelter and education, but also the love and nurturing that help to ensure that your child will grow into a healthy, well-adjusted member of society. As a sponsor, you’re able to connect with your child by exchanging letters and photos. This relationship can be very instrumental in helping to build good character and strong morals in your child.
Your monthly gift of $30 or more enables us to give your child, along with his or her Living Hope siblings, life-changing benefits like these:
Very few sponsorship programs exist whose recipients include the children of China. If your heart is being pulled in the direction of China, we’re definitely the program for you! With a proven track record of over 10 years, we continue to invest in the lives of orphaned and abandoned children—precious lives that are sadly counted of little value by many in their indigenous cultures.
Most of the children enrolled in our sponsorship program are in a category known as “social orphan,” meaning that in some cases a parent is still alive but is no longer in the picture due to abandonment, imprisonment or some other unfortunate circumstance. For others, both parents have died but a living relative still remains. This type of child—the social orphan—is tragically caught in the middle due to the fact that (1) they do not qualify for any kind of state aid, (2) they cannot be adopted, and (3) so often they are trapped in deplorable living conditions with no hope for a future. This describes the majority of kids that Living Hope rescues.
When you sponsor a child, you get to connect in a personal way through cards, letters and photos, while your monthly gifts are put to work to benefit not only your child, but his or her Living Hope siblings as well. Our sponsorship program helps to ensure that there is always enough food to eat, a safe and loving environment, quality healthcare, and good education opportunities, often through the college years.
Sponsoring a child is an effective and truly rewarding way to help counter the effects of extreme poverty—both in the physical and spiritual sense. Your gifts help to build strong bodies and minds while great attention is also paid to the inner person and the molding of good moral character. This is the true hope that we offer our children.
While your monthly gifts are used to benefit a number of children in a particular location, our sponsorship program is still a personal one-on-one experience.
By sponsoring a child, you will get to witness his or her positive growth and development through semi-annual updates, and help to foster that growth through personal correspondence that fits your own schedule.
In order to protect the precious lives that have been entrusted to us, all correspondence between our children and their sponsors is channeled through our office.
Please note that the semi-annual photos, updates and other correspondence from your child as noted above will be sent via email unless otherwise requested.
Living Hope International is committed to caring for our children through high school and on through college if that is the ability and wish of the child. This is a costly endeavor. Our sponsorships start at $30 per month. Any amount above that is also welcomed and appreciated.
Due to the costs involved in assuming full responsibility for all of our children’s needs, no, you may not be your child’s only sponsor. We allow children to have more than one sponsor to ensure that all needs are met and to help provide as much encouragement and positive influence in their lives as possible.
Absolutely! Many people happily sponsor more than one of our kids. Please note that our current system requires us to set up one sponsorship transaction per child sponsored.
Reasons for sponsoring can be as varied as our sponsors themselves. Here are a few points that we feel are significant:
By becoming a sponsor with Living Hope International, you are given the opportunity to create a long-lasting relationship with a special child in need. Though it is not a requirement for sponsorship, many folks truly enjoy exchanging letters and photos throughout the duration of their child’s journey to financial independence. Others are content to simply receive new photos and updated reports from their child semi-annually, and that’s fine, too. While you are certainly free to cancel at any time and you will never be pressured in any way, we do want you to know that you are welcome to continue sponsoring your child for as long as he or she is in our program.
When it is determined that a child is no longer in need of support through Living Hope International, a final report is prepared by the child and his or her sponsors are notified. This typically occurs after a child graduates from his or her last phase of education but can be prolonged for a short while beyond that depending on each individual case. Our goal and commitment is to make sure that each child is well established and able to care for his or her own needs. Although our children grow up, they are still “orphans” in the sense that they do not have biological parents to look out for them. We continue to be their “family” even after they exit the sponsorship program.
When a child does officially exit the program, you will be notified by mail and given an opportunity to transfer your sponsorship to another child. In most cases, we will make a specific recommendation. Of course you are in no way obligated to accept this recommendation or to continue your sponsorship but it will be necessary for you to notify us of your decision.
Please note that for monthly gifts that are automatically drawn from a bank account or credit card, your sponsorship will be automatically transferred to the suggested child in the absence of a response from you. This is to ensure that no critical gaps in funding are created and no sponsorships lost simply due to a lack of communication. It will be your responsibility to notify us of your intention to discontinue your sponsorship.
Living Hope International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
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