Frequently Asked Questions
- How much of my child sponsorship money goes toward the children?
- What sort of assistance does my sponsorship money give a child?
- Does DR only help Christian families and children?
- Does a child have to become a Christian to continue to receive support?
- How many sponsors does each child have?
- Are child sponsorship funds pooled?
- Is it possible that my child may leave the sponsorship program?
- What happens when my sponsor child graduates or leaves the program?
- What happens if I am late in giving my sponsorship?
- Does Child Rescue help more children than are currently being sponsored?
- Can I write to my sponsor child?
- Can I send gifts to my sponsor child?
- Can I visit my sponsor child?
- Can I share my sponsor child's photo, name or where they live on social media, the internet, or any other publication or forum?
We send 80% of child sponsorship funds overseas to help the children, families and communities within our program. Twenty percent of all donations is kept in New Zealand to cover administration and fundraising costs.
Your sponsorship money helps a child in many different ways and varies depending on their needs. The most common forms of assistance include food, education, multivitamins, medical assistance, clothing, vocational training etc. And in some instances, children may also receive housing in one of our many rescue and prevention homes. Our child sponsorship program helps kids and families eventually become self-sufficient, which is our main goal.
No, a person’s faith has no bearing on whether help is given. In our program, we have children from many different religions including, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Animism and Christianity.
No, children are not required to become Christians to stay within the sponsorship program. Child Rescue is a Christian organisation, and as such, does promote Christian values. However, we present our faith as a lifestyle of action and compassion, rather than just a belief. With that said, children are given opportunity to become Christians, but neither the children nor their families are under any compulsion to convert to Christianity.
A child can have one or several sponsors depending on whether the child lives within a family unit or within a Child Rescue home.
A child living with family requires much less financial support than a child would need if he or she lived in a Child Rescue home, and therefore, only needs one sponsor.
Children living within a Child Rescue home require much greater financial support from Child Rescue than those living with their own families. Child Rescue must provide for their daily needs in order for them to live, grow and eventually become self-supportive. Some of their expenses include, but are not limited to: rent, utilities, medical care, education, clothing, vocational training, transportation and staff wages (ie: house parents, counsellors, teachers, guards, investigation teams, cooks, cleaners, social workers, vocational trainers). Therefore, we use multiple sponsors to support an individual child living within Child Rescue’s care. We believe that keeping sponsorship at an affordable level for most people ultimately helps increase sponsorship support.
Yes, all child sponsorship funds are pooled. We do this for many reasons…
- We’ve found that pooling funds with a set monthly budget is the most cost effective way to sponsor children. Logistically, it is also a more efficient method for the organisation to keep track of funding.
- Pooling funds is ideal for family situations. For example: when four children from the same family need support, but only one child has a committed donor, one child could eat while the rest could not. When funds are pooled, the assistance is spread out equally to all children in the family and no child is excluded.
- Pooling funds is ideal for our children’s homes, as well. For the same reason as in family situations, we don’t feel it would be fair to treat one child better than another, simply because one is fully sponsored and the other isn’t.
- Pooling funds allows Child Rescue to continue meeting the needs of children in our care, regardless if a sponsor is late on a support payment or cancels a sponsorship.
Yes. Some of the reasons why a child may leave the program are:
- The child graduates from their education and/or training.
- The child progresses through the program until they are re-integrated into society.
- The child’s family circumstances change and they are no longer in need of the financial assistance that Child Rescue sponsorship provides.
There are also some times when a child may leave the program earlier than anticipated:
- Families in developing countries need to live wherever they can find work and can be quite transient. Sometimes parents hear of better job opportunities in other cities or villages and move their family to a different location. Occasionally, children may move to live with another family member outside the project area.
If your sponsor child leaves the program, you will be notified and sent the photo and profile of a new sponsor child. There is often a waiting period of a few months before a child is replaced as in some cases their circumstances change again and they re-enter the sponsorship program. While you are waiting for your replacement child, your sponsorship funds will continue to go into the pool to support the children within our program.
Child Rescue will contact you with a final update/photo and/or story about the circumstances/reason the child left. At this time, you will also be given the photo and profile information of a new child that you will be empowering to reach their God-given destiny.
If you’re late on your monthly support payment for any reason, your sponsor child will continue to receive assistance because our child sponsorship program pools its funds. Pooling our funds allows us to spread the resources out evenly among the children and families within our program, to ensure nobody is left hungry and greatest needs are being met. We would ask, however, that you bring your sponsorship up to date as soon as possible.
Yes, we are constantly coming across children that desperately need our help. And rather than turning our backs on these precious children and waiting until we can find a sponsor for them, we have chosen to take a step of faith, and do all that we can to help them from the moment they are enrolled into our child sponsorship program.
Sponsors are encouraged to write to their sponsor child, however, we request that these letters be kept short to assist with translation. We would also prefer that all correspondence be sent via email, as the postal service in many countries we work in is not very reliable and can be quite expensive. Children, especially, love to receive photos of their sponsors, so please feel free to attach photos or drawings…etc., to your emails and send them to our office ([email protected]). Due to time and staff constraints, as well as the unfamiliarity that the majority of our children have with writing letters, we cannot guarantee a personal reply to your letters, unless it’s one of the bi-annual progress reports. Still, you can be assured that your child will receive your letters.
At Child Rescue we believe in treating each and every child in our care as equally special, and when it comes to gift giving it is no different. To ensure that all children in our program are celebrated, and not just those who have a sponsor, we have a Celebration Fund. Our Celebration Fund allows you to bless the children in our care, including your sponsor child, through community-focused Christmas celebrations.
This is a way we can collectively celebrate the lives of our the children in our care while promoting an atmosphere of love, healing, and acceptance. We want them to have fun and feel valued while learning to come together as a family. To make donations to this fund please click here and choose “Celebration Fund”.
If you would like to visit your sponsor child, we prefer you contact our office first to see if it’s even possible. A sponsor may or may not be able to visit his or her sponsor child depending on which country the child lives in. Not all countries are stable and would be high-risk areas to visit, not to mention, going there could also jeopardise our work in the country. Therefore, traveling to see your sponsor child depends on the circumstances within the specific country your child lives in. To find out if visiting your sponsor child is possible, contact our office ([email protected]).
14. Can I share my sponsor child's photo, name or where they live on social media, the internet, or any other publication or forum?
Laws regarding child protection vary from country to country and due to Child Rescue’s dedication to keeping our children safe and protected, we insist that you refrain from sharing your sponsor child’s photo, name or location on social media, the internet or any other publication or forum. If you are unsure about what is appropriate, you are welcome to contact us for more information. Thank you for your sensitivity and understanding in this important legal matter.