How are my sponsorship contributions being used?
A sponsorship costs 36 Euros per month. This provides your sponsored child with food, clothes, shoes, school supplies and everything else they need. They can also visit the doctor and dentist for free. Siblings and other family members as well as other children in the village community or in the children’s home also benefit from the help given to the child.
Is it certain my money will get into the right hands?
As a rule, no money is paid out to children or their relatives in cash. Reliable employees from our partner organisations personally buy everything they need and pass it on to the children. This principle is only deviated from in justified individual cases or at the express request of the sponsors.
Can I financially support and accompany my child for several years?
In principle, a sponsorship is valid for at least one year. However, we depend on a child to be supported for a longer period of time. Otherwise we would have to release them from the sponsorship program. It has become very difficult to find replacement sponsors. It happens that families emigrate in the hope of finding a job. As a result, we lose contact with these children or families. We then suggest to the sponsor that they help another of the countless needy children.
Do the sponsored children also have needs that are not covered by my monthly payments?
We cannot and do not want to offer the children a luxurious life. However, they get everything they need for healthy development and schooling. Should a sponsored child need additional help – e.g. if they need a hearing aid – that exceeds the normal budget, we would inform you in good time. There is also a general emergency fund.
What happens to the sponsored children when they have completed compulsory schooling?
Whenever possible, we try to enable the young people to get vocational training or study. In doing so, we depend on the support of the child’s and other sponsors.
Can I also pay my monthly sponsorship fees by donating online?
As a rule, sponsorship contributions are booked through a special account, but the online donations go to our general donation account. However, if it is easier or cheaper for you, you are welcome to use this option. Please use our general donation form, select the option “monthly” and enter the name and ID number of your sponsored child under “I would like to support the following project”.
Can I also take on a sponsorship if I do not live in Germany?
We would be very grateful for your support. However, please note that as an association registered in Germany, it is not possible for us to issue a donation receipt that is valid in your country.
Can I get the child’s annual reports in English?
Yes, this is possible.
Is it possible to exchange letters between my sponsored child and me? Will the child receive my letters? Do I get a reply? Can I also send gifts to the sponsored child?
If you like, you can write to your sponsored child. The letters are translated by employees of our partner organisations in Armenia or Romania. However, please do not send gifts. If you would like to give your sponsored child a gift, you are welcome to transfer a special donation in their name with the ID number. Our local partners ensure that they receive the appropriate gift.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your sponsored child will reply to letters. In many cases they are still too young. Often no great help can be expected from relatives. But even if you don’t get a reply – your sponsored child will definitely enjoy your letter or card.
We appreciate correspondence between you and your sponsored child and therefore do everything we can to forward the letters as quickly as possible. Please understand, however, that it can take several weeks for your letter to reach the child or for you to receive a reply. For reasons of cost, the letters in Armenia and Germany are collected before they are sent. Letters to children who live outside of Yerevan and who do not regularly come to the Village of Hope for food distribution will be taken as soon as someone from the DCF travels to the region where the child lives with relief supplies or for a project. The same applies to the letters these children write. So if you would like your birthday or Christmas cards to arrive on time, for example, please send them to us well in advance of the respective event.
Please address your letter as follows and send it to one of the addresses given:
(Please make sure that your sender address is clearly visible!)
Or via e-mail
Can I visit my sponsored child?
Normally this is possible. Please contact us!
Can my sponsored child visit me in my country?
Your sponsored child only speaks the Armenian or Romanian language. The child would not be able to communicate with anyone and would feel lonely. In addition, experience has shown that such children find it difficult to settle in again in their familiar poor environment after their stay in a country with a higher standard of living.
Are the sponsored children being taught the Christian faith?
The activities of our partner organisations are carried out on a Christian-humanitarian basis. Children are given the opportunity to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ through Sunday school, children’s services, Christian scriptures and more. It goes without saying that our help is strictly independent of religious affiliation. No child is therefore forced, for example in return for help, to take part in Christian events or to accept Christian literature.