More than 80% of the resources we have to work with comes from individual sponsors, donors and businesses. For us, therefore, it is extremely important that as a sponsor are happy with your sponsorship.
Without sponsors Star of Hope cannot change anything! But together we can achieve a goal; that children in the world should have their primary needs met. It is a lengthy process but together we can achieve long-term goals. You can follow a project, see the progress and be a part of a the whole work.
Does sponsor support really work?
Yes, it does! The vast majority of our sponsored children finish primary school and many go on to higher education. In the process, you as a sponsor are extremely important! With your gift you are not only giving material support, you show that you care, which increases children's self-worth tremendously. The children and their parents have a hope that it can change a seemingly hopeless situation.
On our website you can read about some former sponsored children who now live a completely different life than they would have done without sponsor support. Read about changed lives.
What is the sponsor money used for?
Your gift is used for education, school supplies such as school books, school desks and chairs, uniforms. It will also pay rents, salaries for teachers and educators, food and more.
How do I know my gift reaches the sponsor child?
In most countries where we work there are structured Star of Hope organizations responsible for providing children with the help they need. In other countries there are agreements with local organizations with similar responsibilities. Our employees in the various countries, as well as staff from Star of Hope, regularly visit the projects to make sure the work is functioning.
Which children may be involved in a project?
Many of our pre-and primary schools is situated in villages where there was previously no school. Here we try to make room for all children. In other places it's controlled by the need. We strive to help those children who need it most.
What about children in the project who have no sponsors, are they left out?
Our sponsor gifts do not go to any individual children, but to the project where the children is. All children will receive the same help.
In what ways can you be a sponsor to Star of Hope?
We have several different types of sponsorships. You can choose to be an individual child sponsor, food donor, internet sponsor or project donor.
Can I and a friend team up and become a sponsor together?
Yes, several people can sponsor a child or project together. We are flexible and keen to be able to help in the way that suits you best.
What happens when I sign up as a sponsor?
Based on the sponsor form you choose, information and pictures about your project will be sent to you via mail or email. As a sponsor, you also get a pictureof your sponsored child and information about the child's background and life situation. You may also select the payment method that suits you best.
How long do I commit to sponsor a child?
Our desire is that you continue to participate in this important endeavor for several years, but with a commitment of at least 1 year if possible. The needs in our world are enormous and our vision is to do all we can to alleviate the suffering of so many. If for any reason you must discontinue your sponsorship, we would appreciate you notifying Star of Hope so that another sponsor may be found for your child or project. However long you can participate is greatly appreciated.
Sponsor an individual child.
Your sponsor gift helps provide all of the children in a project with food, education and development of their local environment. You, however, will follow the development of a specific child.
Does a child have several sponsors?
A child can have between one and four sponsors, depending on the cost index of the country in which you are involved.
How long can I sponsor my child?
It depends on how long the child is left in our project and the type of project in which the child participates. In several countries like Ghana and Brazil we work primarily with pre-schools where children need a lot of basic knowledge before they start primary school. In other countries like Haiti, Argentina and the Philippines, we operate and support primary schools, where you can follow your child at an older age.
In your sponsorship package it will say how long a child usually stays in the current project.
What if my sponsor child moves?
Our projects are located in poor areas, often with high unemployment. In order to find work, the family oftenmoves. When a sponsor child moves it leaves our sponsorship program. The child's place in the project is then offered to another child and you are offered to become a sponsor to another child.
What happens when my sponsor child graduates?
We will inform you and at the same time offer you to sponsor another needy child.Of course it's completely optional to continue as a sponsor. No matter what you choose we hope you believe and understand that what you have done has been important for your sponsored child.
What happens to my sponsored child if I cannot continue to be a sponsor?
We find a new sponsor for the child. No child will be abandoned.
I have not received any message from my sponsor child. Why?
If you have not received any message from your sponsored child, even though you have been a sponsor for a longer period of time, please contact us. It is possible that the mail was was lost or not sent.
Can I send packages to my sponsored child?
It is possible to send small packages to most of our project countries. To avoid creating unnecessary injustice, we ask you not to send too expensive or fine gifts. It can also be good to send something that all children in the project can enjoy.
Can I write letters to my sponsored child or sponsor project?
Yes, children love getting letters and cards, and will proudly show them to anyone who wants to see. Often the child does not understand that they have a sponsor until he or she receives a greeting from you. However, you do not have to feel forced, your contribution is important nonetheless.
In your project information it tells you which language you should use. In most cases, it is English. You will find post and email addresses in your project information packet. If you use email, you will also receive answers via email and postage costs for our project countries will be much lower.Just understand that it may take time before you get a response. For more information visit a letter means so much.
Can I visit my sponsored child or project?
With your sponsorship gift you support a project as a whole and do not follow any particular child. You can be a Project sponsor for example for our work with children with special needs or our rolling healthclinic in Brazil. As Village sponsor you are working to improve conditions for all children in the village and as a Food sponsor you are focusing your help for food and help to reduce the number of malnourished children.
Several of the projects you can also support and monitor in our award winning platform Internet Sponsor.
As a sponsor of Star of Hope, you also get current information about Star of Hope's work in the world.
For us it is important that you want to help and are able to do it in a way that suits you.
If I´m a project sponsor, can I still write letters or send gifts?
Yes, just remember that you write to a larger group of children and the gift should fit the whole group.
Special Gifts and How to Make Payments
Instead of sending a package, you can give your sponsor child / project an extra gift. Our people in the project countries then buy a gift for the child / project, usually something they need.
Extra gifts can also be used to organize a party or outing for all children such as everyone who had a birthday the past month or quarter. Other places used the money for something that the whole class or pre-school group needs.
Here you can learn about payment methods.