Child Sponsorship FAQ

HOW DO I PAY FOR MY SPONSORSHIP?

There are two easy ways to pay for your monthly or annual sponsorship:

  1. Pay online by visiting: BHM.org/sponsor-payments
  2. Send a check by mail to PO BOX 1715oo, Austin, TX 78717

The cost per sponsorship is $30 monthly or $360 annually.

HOW IS MY $30 USED?

Christian Education, a uniform, School books, teacher salaries, and  medical aid

IS THE $30 GIVEN DIRECTLY TO THE CHILD AND THEIR FAMILY?

No, the $30 is placed into the child sponsorship program. It is then used to meet the needs of the children’s Christian education program, medical aid, school books, and uniforms.

WHAT IF I WANT TO SPONSOR MORE THAN ONE CHILD?

Great! We encourage you to sponsor as many children as you would like. There are thousands of children waiting for a sponsor of their own.

HOW OFTEN WILL I HEAR FROM MY CHILD?

Each year it is our goal to send at least two forms of communication from your child: their progress report and a Christmas card. We encourage you to write your child a letter with Scripture, encouragement, picture, and questions so that your child can know that you are investing in them spiritually. Any written message will be translated, and one of our staff will visit their school to deliver your correspondence and give your child the opportunity to respond to you. Because of the coordination required for the visit and the mailing process between Haiti and the United States, it may take up to 4 months to hear back from your child. However, we do our best to make this happen as quickly as possible.

*Please note: Cards sent for special occasions do not receive a response from the child, but they are enjoyed!

HOW WILL MY CHILD UNDERSTAND MY LETTERS? I DO NOT SPEAK FRENCH OR CREOLE.

Each year it is our goal to send at least two forms of communication from your child: their progress report and a Christmas card. We encourage you to write your child a letter with Scripture, encouragement, picture, and questions so that your child can know that you are investing in them spiritually. Any written message will be translated, and one of our staff will visit their school to deliver your correspondence and give your child the opportunity to respond to you. Because of the coordination required for the visit and the mailing process between Haiti and the United States, it may take up to 4 months to hear back from your child. However, we do our best to make this happen as quickly as possible.

*Please note: Cards sent for special occasions do not receive a response from the child, but they are enjoyed!

CAN I SEND GIFTS TO MY CHILD'S FAMILY AS WELL?

Sponsors are encouraged to invest in their child and their family. After learning about the family, small gifts can be sent for family members if the sponsor chooses.

CAN I SEND PACKAGES TO MY SPONSORED CHILD?

Yes. If you send a package, place the gift in a manila envelope. Packages must be less than 3 lbs. Package ideas: socks, wash cloths, matchbox cars, hair bows, etc. Please note the following instructions for sending a letter or gift to your sponsor child:

How to send:

  • Send a manila envelope containing gifts and/or a card. (If you’re sending a card only, a regular envelope is fine)
  • Write your child’s name and sponsor number on the outside of the envelope.
  • Send package 2 months in advance to assure it arrives in time for their birthday or Christmas.
  • Total weight of package must be less than 3 lbs.

Do not include:

  • Cash (However, BHM donation checks can be sent within the package.)
  • Items that can melt (chocolate, gummy candy, etc.)
  • Liquids or lotions
  • Aerosol cans
  • Large items (All items need to fit in a manila envelope totaling less than 3 lbs.)

What to send:

  • Personal Note
  • A photo of you/your family.
  • Pens, pencils, crayons, etc. (include a sharpener)
  • Paper (small notebook, coloring books etc.)
  • Light summer clothes (socks, short-sleeve t shirt, dress, collared dress shirt)
  • Washcloths/Soap
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush
  • Hard candy (mints, jelly beans, etc.)
  • Hair bands, hair bows, comb, jewelry (for girls)
WHAT ADDRESS SHOULD I MAIL MY LETTER OR SMALL PACKAGE TO?

If you would like to send a letter to your sponsored child you can email it to: childsponsorship@bhm.org or send a hard copy to:

Baptist Haiti Mission

ATTN: Child Name & ID #

PO Box 171500

Austin, TX 78717

*Please include your child’s name and sponsor number on any communication.

WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY CHILD'S BIRTHDAY OR CHRISTMAS?

Packages and letters are a great personal gift to send to your sponsored child for their special day. Remember, send gifts two months in advance in order to assure it arrives in time for their birthday.

Sponsors are also encouraged to donate $20 to the child sponsorship gift fund in honor of their child’s birthday. This donation will be used to purchase gifts for each child in the school who shares a birthday month with your child.

HOW LONG WILL MY CHILD BE IN A SCHOOL CONNECTED WITH BHM?

Most schools connected with BHM provide education from Preschool through 6th grade while some provide education through 7th grade. After elementary school, all students in Haiti are required to take a national exam to qualify for secondary school (High School). BHM does not currently sponsor any secondary schooling.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN MY CHILD COMPLETES HIS/HER SCHOOLING?

Sponsors are notified when their child graduates. All sponsors will receive a new profile and opportunity to sponsor another child within the program.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS UNABLE TO COMPLETE HIS/HER SCHOOLING?

There are a variety of reasons your child may drop out of school: family move, natural disasters, sickness, etc. If for some reason your child is unable to complete their schooling, we will contact you as soon as possible with an opportunity to come alongside another available child in the program.

2017 RATE INCREASE FAQS

Why is BHM increasing the rate for Child Sponsorship?

  • In an attempt to retain teachers and remain competitive in wages, along with covering the rising cost of medical aid and educational resources, the $5 monthly increase was implemented.

How can I immediately change my $25 donation to $30 donation if I give by check?

  • For your next monthly check donation, simply make the amount $30.

I give through an automatic CC payment or through an EFT, how will this affect me?

  • For All automatic CC or EFT payments, we must have your consent to increase your withdrawals. You can call us at 1-800-359-5174 or email bhmus@bhm.org notifying us you would like to begin the $30 rate.
WHO DO I CONTACT REGARDING SETTING UP OR CHANGING PAYMENT FOR MY SPONSORSHIP?

You can email us at any time at bhmus@bhm.org or call us Monday through Friday 8:30 AM CST to 4:30 PM CST at 1-800.359.5174.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT SPONSORSHIP, WHO DO I CONTACT?

You can email us at any time at bhmus@bhm.org or call us Monday through Friday 8:30 AM CST to 4:30 PM CST at 1-800.359.5174.