Your Financial Commitment
What does my giving actually pay for?
Our goal is to create a loving, home environment for every child. A full sponsorship of $70/month takes care of everything one child needs to thrive: food, medicine, clothing, toys, books, school tuition, uniforms, and schoolbooks, an annual summer holiday, and participation in competitive and special events – sports, the arts, etc. Every dollar counts in improving the lives of these precious children, so even if you are not able to fully sponsor a child, signing up to partially sponsor a child at $35 a month does make a difference!
Can I give a birthday or Christmas gift to the child I'm sponsoring? If so, how?
We ask that when you donate to your child for their birthday or Christmas gift, consider $10-15 per child. Caretakers of our homes will take this donation and get them a fun, age- and culturally appropriate gift (i.e. chalk, paint, a new outfit, etc.) Click here to Give a Gift to the child you sponsor today!
When does my commitment end?
If you need to terminate your sponsorship for any reason, you may do so at any time through your online account or by contacting Send Hope Now. When your child completes higher education or trade school, gets married or leaves to return to family, you will be sent a Leaving Letter. This specifically explains the next step in your child's life. In many cases, our children continue with us as employees, enter our Bible College or serve in our Homes of Hope. A final letter from your child and a letter from our Bangalore office will accompany the Leaving Letter. Unfortunately, all communication with your child must cease at this time.
What happens when my child turns 18?
Every child in the Home of Hope is given the opportunity to pursue higher education. Financial assistance from sponsors and Send Hope Now is caped once they complete a bachelor's degree. Depending on what age your child is when they complete their 12th standard (high school), your child will be either 23 or 24 when financial support will be cancelled. A final letter will be sent to sponsors and asked if they would like to sponsor another child in great need.
What if I miss one of my monthly donations?
We understand that everyone has things come up from time to time. If you are unable to make your recurring contribution, please be assured that your donation will be covered through our Urgent Needs Fund. If you are financially able, we can assist you in making a one-time backdated donation for any missed recurring donations. If you need to stop contributing for a time, please let us know. Or if it becomes necessary, we can also suspend donations for up to three months; this option is available upon request. You will still be able to continue to write to your child. Simply resume your contribution when you are able and please contact us when you have done so.
Building a Relationship
Can I visit my sponsored child?
We are currently not offering any short-term missions. Due to the political climate in India it is not safe to take teams to our Homes of Hope, or even into the country.
Can I send gifts to India?
No. Gifts that are received can cause jealousy among the children who do not have sponsors. If you would like to send a gift, we ask that you send extra money designated for your child's special occasion or some other significant event (celebrating a school accomplishment for example.) The Home of Hope caregivers for your children will purchase an item and present it from you. Please keep your expenditure between $10-15.
Why can't I continue writing to my child upon his or her departure?
This policy protects both child and sponsor. Sometimes when children leave our care, they encounter neighbors, friends, or extended family members who encourage them to request funds from you.
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What is a "CD4 count"?
"The CD4 count is like a snapshot of how well your immune system is functioning. CD4 cells (also known as CD4+ T cells) are white blood cells that fight infection. The more you have, the better. These are the cells that the HIV virus kills. As HIV infection progresses, the number of these cells declines. When the CD4 count drops below 200 due to advanced HIV disease, a person is diagnosed with AIDS. A normal range for CD4 cells is about 500-1,500. Usually, the CD4 cell count increases as the HIV virus is controlled with effective HIV treatment. The higher your CD4 count, the better."
Diagnosed, Just. “HIV/AIDS.” CD4 Count (or T-Cell Test) - HIV/AIDS, US Department of Veteran Affairs, 21 June 2005, www.hiv.va.gov/patient/diagnosis/labs-CD4-count.asp.
India Ministry Information
What is Calvary Chapel Trust?
You may have see Calvary Chapel Trust (CCT) on the letterhead from your sponsored beneficiary. Calvary Chapel Trust is the registered name for our India operations and asset-holding entity.
What are the Homes of Hope?
Homes of Hope are the orphanages that the children (orphans) receive the love and care they need for survival and growth. Currently, there are 20 Homes of Hope (HoH) and more than 755 children under the care of Send Hope Now.