FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is my $30 a month sent?

100% of your $30 is sent to the field to be used solely for the child sponsorship program.

Is the $30 given directly to the child and their family?

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?

Sponsors are encouraged to sponsor as many children as they would like. There are thousands of children waiting for a sponsor of their own.

How often will I hear from my child?

Each year we send 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 a missionary 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 Haitian Creole.

Upon receiving letters from child sponsors, sponsorship staff work to translate the letter for the child. The original letter, as well as the translation are given to the child. If the child is able, they will write a response. The sponsorship staff will translate and then send the child's response along with the translation to the sponsor.

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 is the address for me to send letters and packages?

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 #

13420 Eastpoint Centre Dr.

Louisville, Ky 40223

*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 a 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. *See "Can I send packages to my sponsored child?" above for instructions and gift ideas.

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 Baptist Haiti Mission?

Christian schools connected with Baptist Haiti Mission are Preschool - 6th grade. After 6th grade, all students in Haiti are required to take a national exam to qualify for secondary school (High School).

What do I do when my child completes his/her schooling?

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

What happens if my child is unable to finish 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.

 Whom do I contact if I have questions about payment information for child sponsorship?

Please email bhmus@bhm.org or call 800.359.5174.

Whom do I contact if I have questions on communication with my child?

Please email childsponsorship@bhm.org.

 

If I am currently a $25 sponsor and want to move to a $30 sponsor, how do I make that happen?

1. For your next monthly payment, simply make your next pledge in the amount of $30.

2. Call 502-491-0028 or email childsponsorship@bhm.org notifying us you would like to begin the $30 rate today.

 

I am an annual donor, how will this affect my donation that I  already gave in 2017?

If you would like to begin sponsoring your child at the new rate but have already made your annual payment for 2017, you may wait until your 2018 payment to make this your new annual rate ($360/yr).

 

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.

1. Call 502-491-0028 or email childsponsorship@bhm.org notifying us you would like to begin the $30 rate.

 

I already pay $30 a month, what do I need to do?

Continue with your $30/mo payments and no change or update needs to be made.

 

What if I cannot afford the $30/mo rate for all my sponsored children?

If you sponsor multiple children, please sponsor only what you are able to with this new rate. We will work diligently to find new sponsors for those you may not be able to continue to support. Contact our office and we can adjust your account as needed.

 

I am not able to make a payment, but I still want to support the education of children. Am I still able to do that?

Yes! You can donate to the Education fund. This cost provides funding for necessary school supplies and building upkeep. By funding Education, you are still able to support the children of Haiti and help further their Christian education.

 

 

Home Office

Baptist Haiti Mission

13420 Eastpoint Centre Drive

Louisville, KY 40223
U.S.A.

Toll Free: 800.359.5174

Email: bhmus@bhm.org

www.bhm.org

Canadian Office

Baptist Haiti Mission of Canada

P.O. Box 11

602 Wellington Street

Wallaceburg, ON  N8A 4L5
Canada

Phone: 519.627.4216

Email: info@bhmcanada.ca

www.bhmcanada.ca

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