Sponsorship FAQ

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?
An individual sponsorship is $34 per month. Each of our kids will have several sponsors in order to cover the total cost of their care.

How much of the sponsorship is used for the child's care versus overhead costs?
At Village of Hope all of the sponsorship donations go directly to the care of the children within the family of the sponsored child. Overhead costs are covered by general donations and a Lifesong donor who specifically covers these costs.

Will I get any information about the child I am sponsoring?
Due to privacy regulations in Guatemala, we can not share any identifying information about the children online. Once your sponsorship has been submitted, however, you will receive an email with basic information about the child you are sponsoring.

Can I write letters to the child I sponsor?
Yes! We encourage our sponsors to write their sponsored child and the child's family, to pray for them, and build a relationship with them. Our children write to their sponsors twice a year.

Can I send gifts to the child I sponsor?
We ask for our sponsors not to send gifts/packages other than letters as it is really important for the protection of the relationships within our house families that we don't have some children who are getting lots of gifts and some children who are never receiving any (unless you wish to send a care package that includes the same gift for ALL the children). We encourage sponsors who are interested in contributing to gifts to give a once yearly $50 donation which will be used for the purchase of Christmas gifts and Birthday celebrations for all of the children.

Can I visit the child I sponsor?
Sponsors who come to Village of Hope with a missions team will have the opportunity to meet the child they sponsor during their trip.

How long do children stay at Village of Hope?
Our children at Village of Hope come from all different backgrounds and situations, some are without any family, some have family that are not safe for them to live with, some are becoming part of a bigger family when their parents become houseparents. Therefore the length of their stay can vary depending on their situation. Because we are striving to build family bonds and healthy relationships, we do not differentiate how the children are treated or sponsored regardless of why they are coming to Village of Hope or how long they will be staying with us. When they turn 18, children under our care are typically permitted by the courts to leave. However, as our ministry strongly believe in family, just as children in traditional families often live with their parents beyond 18 years of age, the children in our homes are always welcome to stay. Those who choose to stay beyond 18 years old will continue to be part of our program to help them continue to develop the skills they need to transition to living on their own.

What happens if the child I am sponsoring leaves Village of Hope?
If the child you have been sponsoring leaves Village of Hope, you will be notified and your sponsorship will be transferred to another child within the same home.

If you have additional questions regarding sponsorship, please don't hesitate to contact us at: families@villageofhopeguatemala.com