Our child sponsorship program is very strong and we have seen major impact on the kids that we are currently serving. For $35 a month individuals can sponsor a child living in the compounds of Zambia. These kids are in the toughtest situations with little or no help in paying their school fees and providing their basic needs. Some kids are orphaned and live with distant relatives. Other's are being raised by older siblings who are not much older than them.
For every 20 to 30 children, Arise Africa has one child sponsorship officer assigned to them. They work with those kids in their schools everyday and help feed them, give them clothes, pay their school fees, and provide discipleship. They tutor when needed and visit the child's home. They watch the kids and take them to the clinic as needed. They sometimes have to manage a child's HIV medicine and make sure the kid is taking it and the dosage is correct.
For $35 a month a child receives the following help in our program:
The sponsor of the child receives reports every four months with photos of the child from their Zambian support officer. They also have the opportunity to write the child letters 2 to 3 times a year and do receive responses back. Please note that communication is sometimes slower in Africa than in America!
Arise Africa tries to grow our child sponsorship program as fast as possible. However we have to be VERY careful in our management of this program to ensure that every single child is accounted for and receiving the help they should be. This is why sometimes we do not have sponsorship spots available because after every 30 new kids we take a few weeks to make sure the program is running smoothly.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. If I can't choose a child to sponsor can Arise Africa choose for me? Yes we can pick a child for you, just email and ask us! Usually the hardest kids for us to get sponsored are the older teenage girls. These also are some of our most vulnerable kids whom we want in schools and not in the streets. The dropout rate is high for teenage girls mostly due to pregnancy.
2. My credit card got stolen, compromised, or the expiration date changed, how do I update my information for Arise Africa and my monthly donation for the child I sponsor?
As you know credit cards have become quite difficult and there seems to be an issue with fraud. On our end it is really frustrating and Arise Africa uses very strict and special parameters to protect your card. This is why we NEVER know or can see your entire credit card number and we use a third party vendor who is fully secure to process your credit cards monthly. (SAGE Payment solutions) We currently are suggesting donors to use the checking account withdrawal (EFT option online) so that when their credit card is canceled or changed it does not mess up your payments to Arise Africa.
Here are the following steps to take if your credit card has been compromised or stolen or changed in ANY way:
please go online and make a donation for $35 and choose a MONTHLY withdrawal and then let us know so we can cancel out your old card. (NOTE: if you sponsor more than one child this donation amount should represent the number of kids you sponsor. Example, 2 kids would be a $70 monthly donation etc.)
Here is the direct link to make a credit card donation online:
You also can choose to have it withdrawn from your checking account and then we don't run into these issues if the future if you want to. If you want to do this please choose the “EFT” button under the payment option. Then you will be asked to enter in your routing number and checking account number.
Arise Africa is not allowed to take your credit card information over the telephone. We also do not recommend taking a photo of your credit card and emailing it to us. Unfortunately the only way and most secure way to update your credit card information is through the website.
2. Do I get to write the child I sponsor? How many times a year and when? We work very hard for you to have the opportunity to write your child at least twice a year. Zambia does not have a postal system like America. There are not addresses to send mail to, no zip codes etc. Therefore we only are able to take letters to our sponsored children when someone is flying to Zambia and can be the "letter carrier." We also struggle to email letters to children in Zambia through our staff. To help people understand, Zambia only has enough power for their country to have power for about half a day. Therefore having computers that are charged are a challenge in itself. Internet is very very poor and not reliable in Zambia. We email sponsors when a letter writing opportunity is coming up, and make sure they have ample time to get their letter ready, and mailed to our offices.