Child Sponsorship FAQs
At CRF we are focused on helping children grow up to be like Jesus through holistic care. Your spiritual, emotional and financial support are essential to our work. Here are some answers to sponsors’ frequently asked questions.
By sponsoring a child through Christian Relief Fund, you provide a child with food, clean water, clothing, medical care, schooling, and Bible teaching.
CRF program directors responsible for paying the required school fees, purchasing uniforms and school supplies, and assisting the child when medical care is needed. Your sponsored child will be provided two nourishing meals a day, either through their school or a CRF youth center. Families and caregivers of sponsored children may also be provided resources like bags of corn, flour, sugar, beans, rice and oil.
We only use 5% of our total funding on administration and only 3% on fundraising, so 92+% of your donation will directly benefit your sponsored child.
Occasionally a Bible study or small group will choose to sponsor a child and together cover the monthly cost.
If sponsored children were unable to attend school prior to being sponsored, they may be older than 18 years of age when finishing their last year of school.
Once a sponsored child graduates from high school, sponsors have the opportunity to sponsor another child.
Some students score well in their secondary final exams and are able to attend college or university. This would be a 2 to 4 year program, and would cost more.
Sponsors are under NO obligation to continue the sponsorship at this point, or to increase their donation to support a child post high school.
If you can no longer continue your child sponsorship or need to make changes to your account, please reach out to us at 800-858-4038.
We will immediately begin looking for a new sponsor, and CRF will provide for the child’s support in the interim.
Some of our programs are Christian orphanages and/or schools. In those situations the children are taught through lessons and example how to follow Jesus, how to read the Bible as their ultimate guide, and how to live godly, Christian lives.
Some children attend a before/after school program where they are taught the Bible.
Children are also encouraged to attend church with family members or schoolmates on Sundays.
When a sponsored child leaves the program for any reason, CRF will mail the sponsor a letter explaining the situation, along with information and a photo of another needy child.
Sponsors have the option of sponsoring the new child, selecting a different child, or canceling their sponsorship.
COMMUNICATING WITH MY SPONSORED CHILD
You are welcome to write your sponsored child anytime. Written communication is a tremendous encouragement to children in our programs. They often treasure your letters and photos for years to come.
If your child is too young to write, a CRF staff member will talk to your sponsored child and help them write a letter or draw a picture for you!
CRF has faithful volunteers who help us mail letters from sponsors each month. Typically, we send letters from the United States to your child’s country one-to-two times per month. Because it takes time for the letters to process through our volunteer system, around one month to mail internationally, and some time for our field workers to distribute the mail they receive, we encourage you to send letters approximately three months in advance of when you want the child to receive them.
We are working to encourage children to smile for their photos, so you should see more smiles from sponsored children in the future.
For example, in East Africa, a child will call all respected adult women “mama,” and may even address you as his or her parent!
Please send only one or two flat items with no declarable value that can easily fit in a 6” x 9” (or smaller) greeting card envelope. A few ideas are photos, bookmarks, a few stickers or coloring book pages.
Please do not send cash in your letter envelope. If you would like to send an additional monetary gift to your child, send it to CRF through our online giving form or in a separate envelope including your child’s complete name and ID number, and we will make sure your gift gets to your child.
You can give online.
You can call Christian Relief Fund to give your credit card or bank account information over the phone by calling 800-858-4038.
You can also mail a check or cash to:
Christian Relief Fund
PO Box 19670
Amarillo, TX 79114
Whether you give online, over the phone, or through the mail, please remember to include your sponsored child’s name and ID number, as well as your designation for the purpose of your gift.
If you want to designate a specific gift, you can call 800-858-4038 and ask to speak with your child’s country coordinator to ensure that your child is in need of the gift you have in mind.