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FAQ's

 
How do I sponsor a child?

There are two ways you can pick a child to sponsor

1. Click "Children needing sponsors ", and select a needy child to help.

2. We can pick a child for you that is most needy, kindly send us a quick email at sponsor@volunteerafricanorphanage.org

 
How much does a sponsorship cost?

We categorize our sponsorship program to meet specific needs of the children, as well as the sponsor's pocket.

The amount is determined by the type of sponsor (bronze, silver or gold) you choose to become.

  • Bronze Sponsor: ($35/month) – Your support will be used to provide three nutritious meals to a child for a month, primary school education & healthcare.
  • Silver Sponsor: ($50/month) – Your support will be used to provide full care for one child for a month, including three meals, clothing, primary school education, books, beddings, personal effects, healthcare and housing.
  • Gold Sponsor: ($75/month) – Your support will be used to provide full care for one child plus contribution to the child’s secondary school & college education fund.
 
How much of my sponsorship money reaches the child?

Over 90 percent of your monthly sponsorship money goes directly to support your child. The majority of African Orphanage operating costs are funded separately through volunteer program and other sources.

 
How do I pay?

The easiest way is online via pay pal. You just need to click the donate button on our website and enter your sponsorship amount. You may also wire the sponsorship donation directly into African Orphanage bank account, details on "support us" page of our website. You may make the sponsorship payment quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Upon receiving your donation, we usually send an official acknowledgement receipt for every contribution made.

 
How do I communicate with my child?
The cheapest and effective way of communicating with your child is by mailing letters to each other. Most of our children live in the very rural with no access to internet. You can exchange letters, pictures, drawings etc on regular basis, and African Orphanage staff will assist your child in responding to your letters. Sponsors do use the address at the bottom of this page because many families do not have postal address, and the letters are hand-delivered by our staff.
 
What do I get from African Orphanage?

Sponsors regularly receive updates on the progress of their children, as well as photos and personalized letters for the duration of their sponsorship.  You will have an opportunity to rescue a child, raise a leader and rebuild a nation, as well as developing a relationship with your sponsored child. Also, you will receive acknowledgement note or official receipt for every donation you send.

 
Can I send material gifts to my child?

Not at all! While it may seem like a good idea with the best of heart-felt intentions, sending material gifts not only get lost on the way here, but attract huge taxes & duties that sometimes exceed the cost of the gift. Besides your regular sponsorship contribution, you may send monetary gift to your sponsored child to commemorate special occassions such as birthdays, christmas, performance merit etc to purchase a specific gift locally.

 
How are children chosen for African Orphanage sponsorship?

African Orphanage always has children waiting for sponsorship that have been referred to us by the local community, churches and government leaders. African Orphanage gives priority to children in greatest need, or sponsors can choose a child with preference to age, gender or background.

 
Can I visit my sponsored child?
Yes. We encourage you to visit your child, an experience that will certainly be life changing for you and your sponsored child! African Orphanage offers short-term volunteer programs which would allow you to visit and spend time with your sponsored child, for more information please check on the site "volunteer" page.
 
How do I know if my sponsorship money is being used as intended?

All our dealings are conducted with lot of transparency, honesty and accountability. We have needs "supply and distribution" form that we use to deliver goods and services to our sponsored children. Each time a child collects an item or receive any form of service such as healthcare that requires money, the child or his/her guardian has to put a signature. This form clearly states the sponsorship goals and what African Orphanage hope to offer entire year of engagement and a copy is mailed to sponsors at the beginning of the year and another copy at the end of the year indicating the achievements. Also, our financial books are always open and the auditor is welcome at anytime.

 
What if I do not send my sponsorship money in time?
We do encourage sponsors to send their sponsorship money on time. Also, we encourage them to notify us should they anticipate delay in sending their sponsorship. Failure in making sponsorship payment for more than three consecutive months may result in looking for a new sponsor for your child.
 
How long does a child sponsorship last?
The length of time that a sponsorship lasts remains at sponsor's will. Typically, we assume that the sponsorship continues until the child becomes self-sustaining. We hope that sponsors will commit for at least one year.
 
What if I need to discontinue my child sponsorship?

You can discontinue your Child Sponsorship at any time by notifying us via email or phone. Once we are notified, we begin the process of finding a new sponsor so that the child's support can continue. The more lead time we receive on the discontinuation, the easier it will be to find a new sponsor and continue support without interruption. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 
 

P.O. Box 36899-00200, Nairobi, Kenya. Email: info@volunteerafricanorphanage.org Tel/Fax: +254 713 147310