Q: How do I choose a child?
We will give you a description of each child, which will include information about their past, age, and personality and how long they have been with Hope for Orphans Uganda.
Q: How much does it cost to sponsor a child?
It costs $80/ month to sponsor a child, you can also co-sponsor a child for $50/month. Ideally it’s great if you can find a friend to co-sponsor with that will share your journey through the child’s life with them, otherwise we can find another person to co-sponsor.
Q: What does my sponsorship pay for?
The funds that are sent help your sponsored child through their education, paying for 3 square meals/ day, a roof over their head, school fees, clothes, shoes and hair maintenance (the girls have their hair plaited). As we grow and expand, this funding will also pay for more field trips and outings.
Q: How much of my money goes to the child?
The funds are sent directly from the sponsors’ to PayPal or our Uganda account. They are then taken out in cash and sent to Uganda using a direct money transfer system, which is instantaneous and costs far less than a wire transfer. This means that the figure is as close to 100% as we can make it to, the only deductions are the transfer fee.
Q: How can I pay my monthly sponsorship?
This will be paid by standing order with your bank. We will provide you with a standing order sheet to be filled and signed, and given to your bank to authorize the funds being removed from your account once a month. We are looking to put a credit card system in place
Q: What if I need to stop sponsoring the child?
We totally understand that due to circumstances changing, people may have to stop their sponsorship. If you can give us 2-3 months’ notice it would be great, so that we can find the child another sponsor and also explain to them as they will be writing to a new sponsor.
Q: Can I sponsor more than one child?
Yes! You can sponsor as many as you like! Of course if you have children a similar age as our children in Uganda they may like to sponsor one each. We also have several sets of siblings, and one pair of twin boys!
Q: Can I send my child presents on their birthday and Christmas?
Due to the issues with post, we suggest that we create a list of items that the children like
and the month of the child’s birthday, we give them that present on your behalf, and the same at Christmas. You may like to try and send a package by courier and see whether it arrives.
Q: Can I co-sponsor a child with someone else?
Absolutely, no problem. In this case you would need to find that person to share the 50 dollars monthly cost with you and you will both receive combined communication.
Q: Can I visit the child?
Absolutely. We really encourage all our sponsors to take the trip out to visit the children. It’s an amazing life changing experience. Just let us know and we will be happy to welcome you and help organize it.
Q: Will the child know who their sponsors are?
They will do, unless the sponsor specifically wishes not to be known.
Q: Africa is known to have issues with HIV. Are any of the children HIV positive?
Only 1 of our children is HIV positive, his name is Reagan. He lives with a foster family that we support financially in order to make sure that he has enough personal care.
Q: Will I have direct contact with the child?
We will ensure that each sponsor receives an email every quarter. This will contain a report as to how the child is progressing, with school reports, their health and general progress. The children will also write a personal letter / drawing (depending on their age). It will be nice for sponsors to send a photo/ letter/ video of themselves to the child too (maybe with the sponsors family would like to get involved too, children often enjoy the interaction.) We are setting up a new email address with the sole purpose of interaction between the sponsors and children, managed by the team on the ground. We would love to be able to send hard copy documents but the postal service is extremely corrupt in Uganda and documents rarely arrive unless they are sent by courier service. We will also try to record videos of the children’s reading and singing etc but bear with us on that whilst we put it into place! As the orphanage expands and we develop we aim to set up video calling so that the sponsors can see and chat to their children.