Sponsor a Child
A commitment to sponsor a child ensures they will have 24/7 nurturing care, three meals each day, a safe place to sleep, primary education, clothing and school supplies, medical attention, social and emotional care, and spiritual guidance. We call this holistic care.
This means that in the morning our children have the privilege of attending school. They are able to learn because they had a good night of sleep and their stomachs are full.
This means that in the afternoon they return to our homes where they are able to play instead of searching for food; they are able to do laundry because they have clothes to wear; and they are able to bathe because they have access to water. They are able to talk to their parents (our staff) about things that troubled them during the day.
This means that each evening they have food to eat dinner. They have electricity so they can do their homework and study after dark. They are happy as they sing and dance in worship to their God during devotions. They can go to sleep peacefully because our home staff has loved them well and they are secure in knowing they will be loved tomorrow too.
- As a sponsor, we hope that you will form a relationship with your sponsored child. We give you opportunities to send letters and packages. We also invite you to take a trip with us to meet your sponsored child personally.
- We ask you to commit to sponsoring this child for at least 1 year. Many of our sponsors choose to sponsor their children for several years, or until they’ve completed their education. We understand that life circumstances change. If you need to step away from sponsoring this child, please contact Crystal.
- A $45/month donation covers the holistic care described above.
- We will do our best to give you 2 opportunities each year to communicate with your sponsored child. We also send you updated photos of your sponsored child and organize for your sponsored child to write letters to you.
- We coordinate all of this communication back and forth through our office to ensure that it happens consistently, and so as to avoid cultural miscommunications and to make sure your sponsored child receives what you have sent. The mailing services in Kenya are not reliable.
- All letters and packages are hand delivered by our teams going to the homes to ensure they make it to your sponsor children.
- We will give you advanced notice when there is an opportunity to send a letter or a package. We usually do this through email.
Q: Can I meet my child in Kenya?
A: Yes, we do offer trips to our homes. Call us to find out more about the possibility of traveling to Kenya.
Q: Can I mail a letter or package to my sponsor child?
A: We ask that all letters and packages come through our office as the postal system in Kenya is not reliable. We will give you notice each time a team will be able to take letters and packages to your sponsor child’s home.
Q: My sponsor child is over 18, why are they still at the home?
A: Unlike the US, many children living in poverty can’t go to school. Since our children come to us at all different times in their lives, we often have children beginning school at age 8, 9 or even later. It is our policy to allow our kids to be supported by the home until they have completed their education.
Q: Do you wait until a child is sponsored to bring them into the home?
A: No, the child you’ve chosen to sponsor has already been living in one of our homes and is simply in need of a sponsor. However, there are hundreds of children waiting to be admitted into our children’s homes. We accept children into the homes as space becomes available. We have faith that people like you will come alongside and provide sponsorship.
The children LOVE receiving letters and updated photos from their sponsor. As you are writing, please keep this in mind:
- The children who are in class 6 or beyond are fairly fluent in English. If your child is younger, an older child or a staff member is happy to read your letter on your behalf to your sponsored child.
- Ask questions! You can ask anything about their family, school, life at the home, etc.
- Do not include personal contact information (phone, address, email, etc.)
- They want to hear about your life! Tell them about your family, your work, etc.
- Gifts should be packaged in a 9” x 11.5” manila envelope, not weighing more than 2lbs. Chariots reserves the right to repackage any gift that is not within these guidelines.
- Only one gift per child is taken to Kenya at a time so please do not pack multiple envelopes.
- The child’s full name, the name of the children’s home and your name should be written on the outside of the envelope.
- Deliver or mail the package to the Chariots for Hope office (1601 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher PA 19025). Packages and letters are packed in suitcases and taken to Kenya by Chariots staff or others traveling on a Chariots trip. They are hand delivered to the children who are thrilled to receive communication from their sponsor!
Suggested gift ideas:
(you do not need to give all of these items & feel free to be creative):
PRIMARY SCHOOL (Class 1-8): Journal, Coloring book/crayons, Pens, pencils, jump rope, deflated soccer ball, T-shirt, hard candy & gum, Frisbee, headbands (girls), hat, toothbrush/paste
SECONDARY SCHOOL (Form 1-4): English Bible/devotional, scarf/hat, nail polish (girls), puzzle, card game (UNO, Phase 10), lightweight jacket/fleece, backpack, fingernail clippers, coloring book
COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY or TRADE SCHOOL: Watch, purse/wallet, umbrella, flashlight, tools of their trade (i.e. sewing kit, small hand tool, calculator)
*Please do not send money, USA paraphernalia, soft candy, camera (or electronics), personal contact information, immodest family photos for Kenyan culture (i.e. beach vacation photos)
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