Why join our efforts?

Our unique model of family-based orphan care, developed from  social work best practice, supports orphaned and vulnerable children in families in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, and Nepal.

When a child loses a parent, sometimes the remaining parent or other loving relatives simply need support, such as assistance with education costs, to continue caring for the child. Whenever possible, we extend support to preserve these biological connections

Sometimes orphaned and vulnerable children are unable to remain in the care of biological relatives due to death, neglect, or abuse. In partnership with local churches, we place and support these children in families with non-relative, indigenous Christian parents. We empower and equip parents to provide for the children’s lifelong physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

We believe that what orphaned and vulnerable children need most are families – whether with relative or non-relative parents.

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Child Sponsorship FAQs

Why are children orphaned?

KENYA: Orphaned and vulnerable children constitute a high proportion of the population of Kenyan slums like Mathare Valley, where half a million people subsist in six square miles of abject poverty. Children in slums are especially vulnerable to abuse, neglect, starvation, inadequate sanitation, lack of education, illness, and hopelessness. Most of Hope’s Promise Kenya’s children started their lives in Mathare Valley. In Kenya, 45% out of a total of 9.5 million children under age eighteen experience poverty and 3 million are orphaned.

VIETNAM: Although Vietnam is a middle-income country with a growing economy, ethnic minority children living in rural areas are more likely to become orphaned. Ethnic minority tribes in Vietnam often live in impoverished, remote mountainous areas, located far from basic services such as medical care. As children in these areas are orphaned, they are more likely to drop out of school to work at very young ages and less likely to receive adequate adult supervision.

NEPAL: In Nepal, one of the least developed nations in the world, many children lose their parents to death or incapacitation due to the ravages of poverty. Of Nepal’s total population of 28.5 million, an estimated one million children are orphaned and approximately 25,000 live in orphanages. Orphans in Nepal are especially vulnerable to child labor, trafficking, and child marriage.

ZIMBABWE: Three decades of corrupt dictatorship have ruined Zimbabwe’s economy and oppressed an entire nation, leaving orphaned children to bear the harshest impact. Zimbabweans commonly practice “kinship care.” When parents die or are incapacitated, extended family members assume care for the child. By coming alongside the local church, Hope’s Promise assists these families without disturbing existing family structures and remains invisible to the children in order to strengthen the caregiver-child relationship.

How is a child selected to be a part of this program?

We admit children into Hope’s Promise families who are single or double orphaned (one or both parents deceased) or who have been abandoned or neglected by birth parents. Birth parents or guardians fully release children into our care although they often continue a relationship when possible. We also support orphaned children in the care of extended family members whenever possible. 

When I sponsor a child how is my gift used?

For children cared for in an informal foster family, sponsorship covers the child’s personal expenses such as food, medicine, clothing, education, and extra-curricular activities such as music lessons, martial arts, or summer camp. Also included are the indirect expenses related to childcare (i.e. utilities for the home, small compensation for the house parents, transportation and additional household help if needed). Sponsorship is pooled to support all members of the family.

For children living in the care of extended family, sponsorship covers the child’s education costs including tuition, books, and uniforms. Hope’s Promise also sometimes assists with emergency costs such as medical expenses.

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

Hope’s Promise assumes full financial responsibility for all needs of our children who live in our informal foster homes. Child sponsorship starts at $40/month, but the full cost of raising a child in a Hope’s Promise foster family averages $450/month.

For children living in the care of extended family who receive tuition assistance, full sponsorship is a lower amount.

How long will this child live with their Hope’s Promise family?

Hope’s Promise intends for each child to grow and flourish in his or her family, whether an informal foster family or with extended relatives, until able to live independently. Children who wish to further their education may still need assistance through college.

How often can I communicate with my sponsored child?

You may email letters and photos addressed to the child’s family (please include all members of the family so no child feels excluded) as often as you like to Hope’s Promise, attention “Donor Relations” at [email protected]  Messages are forwarded to the in–country Hope’s Promise staff for delivery to your sponsored child’s parents, who will share with the family. Hope’s Promise supervises all contact while the child is in our care for child safety and welfare purposes, as well as to honor cultural expectations.

Can I send gifts to my sponsored child?

Hope’s Promise will deliver family gifts and letters written to our child’s family whenever someone travels to the country. We also deliver small gift bags to each child. You will be notified before a planned trip and given the opportunity to send small items for these purposes.

Periodically, we offer the opportunity for an additional amount to be included with your sponsorship or you can give in honor of a holiday or your child’s birthday. These extra gifts will be sent to house parents to spend at their discretion for all the children’s gifts and family celebrations throughout the year.

Can I meet my sponsored child?

We invite sponsors to join Hope’s Promise on a Connection Team trip. These short-term mission trips are planned at different times throughout the year to the countries where we support families. We coach sponsors to present themselves as “family friends” vs. financial donors.

How often will I receive updates about my sponsored child?

We gather information about each child twice per year. You will receive an update that includes information about all members of the child’s family as well as a highlight about your sponsored child.

Please email [email protected] with any further questions.