Frequently Asked Questions
Yes it does. Each child personally experiences the love of Jesus Christ through sponsors who care enough to place them in a school. Child sponsorship impacts individual children personally and empowers them to rise above the insidious grasp of poverty. It also builds the church’s capacity to meet the needs of the poor.
We only sponsor children in a Christian setting and all of them are sponsored within Adventist schools and institutions. Because sponsorship pays for teachers, buildings and classroom resources, it improves the capacity of the church to meet the educational needs of local communities.
All children are carefully selected and prioritized according to their individual circumstances. Priority is given to deaf, blind, and orphan children or those who come from extremely poor or needy families. Where possible our project officers interview each child’s family and submit the child’s photo and details for our approval. Religion, ethnicity, and gender do not affect our selection process.
$32 per month – Day Student
$45 per month – Boarding Student
We do not send money or gifts directly to children or their families however many sponsors choose to make a small, annual donation to the Gift Fund of $25-$35. This Fund ensures that each child will receive an annual Christmas present of clothing or other school necessities.
A letter is the easiest form of communication. Child Impact International is improving the time it takes to send and receive letters by scanning all emails and letters to the field. The letters your child writes will be uploaded to each sponsor’s online portal accessible through their account on Child Impact’s website.
Suggestions and tips for letter writing:
Most sponsored children learn English as a second language. Many times, the very young children have a teacher help them read and write.
Please send all letters for your child to the Child Impact International office at PO Box 763, Ooltewah, TN 37363 or email email@example.com and be sure to include your child’s name and ID# in the subject line. If you do send a letter by “snail mail” please remember to PRINT. Do not use cursive handwriting.
Remind your child that he or she is special and loved. Your note of encouragement will make such a difference in your child’s life!
Your child is eager to learn about you! Tell them about yourself, your family, your pets, etc. Refrain from sharing information about possessions or your specific location.
Let your child know you want to learn about them. Ask about their hopes for the future, what is their favorite subject in school, their hobbies, etc.
Send a picture of you and your family. They will appreciate the personal connection.
Please take a moment to write today. Your sponsored child can’t wait to hear from you!
The best method for us is the one that suits you most. However, the most cost-effective method of payment for us is a yearly check or credit card payment. We can assist you if you would like to arrange your own direct deposit and all payment can be made monthly, quarterly, or yearly. You can also pay by money order however we ask that you do not send cash by mail.
All donations are USA tax-deductible and receipted. You receive the receipt at the end of the tax year unless you request otherwise.
Visiting the child you sponsor can be a wonderful experience however we ask that all visitations are cleared with us prior to your departure. Our child protection policy requires that all visits are supervised by a field worker or staff member from the school. Because of our limited resources, any costs incurred in having the field worker present need to be covered by the sponsor.
Sponsors should receive a letter from each sponsored child twice yearly and an annual school report. Many children receive help in writing their letters because they are so young however our adult translators/writers use the children’s words as much as possible.
Sometimes unforeseen circumstances prevent a sponsor from continuing their commitment. Child Impact’s Unsponsored Child Fund enables your child’s education to continue until we find a new sponsor. Your contribution has provided your child with an education and the opportunity to know Jesus.
Child Impact International seeks to empower believers in Jesus to meet the needs of the poor. We cooperate closely with church leadership to achieve this goal. More than 90% of Child Impact International-sponsored children are in Adventist schools.
Child Impact International USA’s overhead expenses are capped at up to 15% of donations