Q: HOW DO I SPONSOR A YOUTH OR VIEW MY SPONSORSHIP ACCOUNT?
A: The easiest way to sponsor a youth is to visit our website at https://sohco.childsponsorshipservices.org/. You may also call or email the office to get your sponsorship started. We can be reached at (770) 559-9338 or email@example.com. To view your online account, visit our website and click on the sponsor log-in button. If you don’t know your password, you can retrieve it easily.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES A SPONSORSHIP COST AND HOW CAN I PAY?
A: Our sponsorships are $45 per month, and the preferred method of sponsorship payment is by credit or debit card. This is typically a monthly, recurring payment that starts when you first sponsor your youth.
Q: WHAT IF I PREFER TO PAY BY CHECK?
A: We welcome check payments! If you choose to set up a payment by check, you will receive a monthly statement via email as a reminder. Please make your check out to " Child Sponsorship - SOHCO" and send to SOHCO Sponsorship Team, P.O.Box 315, Alpharetta, GA 30009-0315.
Q: ARE MY CONTRIBUTIONS ELIGIBLE FOR TAX DEDUCTION?
A: Yes! Your sponsorship donation is being processed by Child Sponsorship Services and executed for the Seeds of Hope Children's Outreach ("SOHCO") sponsorship program. Child Sponsorship Services is a division of BrightPoint for Children, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
All donations and sponsorship payments made to Child Sponsorship Services are 100% tax deductible. Child Sponsorship Services will issue your year-end contribution statement.
Q: WILL I RECEIVE CORRESPONDENCE FROM MY SPONSORED YOUTH AND CAN I WRITE TO THEM?
A: Relationships are at the heart of what we do, so SOHCO will make every effort for you to receive periodic correspondence from your teen. It could be a handwritten letter, craft, or electronic communication. With that said, the community where your youth lives is somewhat remote and regular correspondence can be challenging. Nonetheless, we will make every effort to ensure that you hear from your teen as often as possible.
Corresponding with your teen is greatly encouraged! They are always excited to receive letters and photos. We ask that you limit written communication to once per quarter (4x per year) and that your letters be no longer than 2 short paragraphs. This helps us with the cost involved in printing and delivering the letters. We highly encourage sending pictures throughout the year! Pictures are a great way to tell your youth about yourself or your family.
There are 3 ways you may send a letter or photo to your teen:
- You can log on to your sponsorship account and send an email, which will be printed out.
- You can send your letter and pictures directly to: SOHCO Child Sponsorship Team, P.O. Box 315, Alpharetta, GA, 30009-0315.
- You can email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and your letter will be printed for your child. Photos will be printed and delivered to your child.
Q: CAN I SEND GIFTS TO MY TEEN?
A: While letters & photos are strongly encouraged, we do not permit individual gifts to the children. While the intent is heart-felt, a gift to a young person causes a number of problems for the group home, school and other children in the community. We know that this is a difficult issue, but well-intentioned gifts often do more harm than good. Thank you for understanding as we strive to be responsible with resources in these communities!
Q: HOW LONG DOES MY SPONSORSHIP LAST?
A: There’s no specific time limit on your commitment. Generally speaking, the youth are sponsored throughout their vocational training. Once a teen graduates, we will refer another youth in the program to you so that your sponsorship will continue to impact this program.
Q: HOW DO I DISCONTINUE MY SPONSORSHIP?
A: You may discontinue your sponsorship at any time by sending an email to email@example.com or by phoning us at (888) 422-7664. Once we’re notified, we begin the process of finding a new sponsor so your youth’s support can continue uninterrupted. The more lead-time we receive from you, the easier it will be to find a new sponsor to support your teen.
Q: WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
A: SOHCO works in a remote place in Kenya. The trainees are very poor with daily challenges beyond what we will ever experience or understand. Despite the opportunity they receive from our sponsors, trainees run away, drop out of school, get married, leave without notice or don’t show up to write letters. You should know that your trainee might leave before they reach the end of their sponsorship. While this happens with less than 10% of our sponsorships, sharing this possibility with you is important. We ask that you pray for your trainee and their community. Your trainee will know your name, pray for you, and treasure the letters and pictures they receive. They feel encouraged by being sponsored and their life-path will be different because of your generosity and relationship with them. If your trainee should happen to leave our program, we will notify you and ask that you consider sponsoring another youth to continue the impact within the community.
Remember…we’re on a journey of development in your youth’s community. We aim to help your teen break the vicious cycle of poverty in which they have been living. This starts with approaching development from a spiritual worldview, all the while helping address the youth’s physical needs of food, water, education, health care, and economic opportunity. Because of your commitment and compassion, you have the opportunity to accompany them on this journey and see true, lasting change in their life!
Q: HOW CAN I UPDATE MY PAYMENT INFORMATION?
A: Through your online account, you have the ability to make changes to your payment method. We can also make the change for you if you call our office at (770) 559-9338.