Write To Your Sponsored Child

You have made a world of difference in the life of the child you sponsor! Another way to support your sponsored child is by communicating with them. Connecting with your child encourages them by letting them know that you are a real person that wants to see them succeed.

You will also be able to stay updated on how your sponsorship is making a difference in the life of your child.

Note: While we are happy to deliver letters/video messages from you to sponsored children in all of our programs, only those in the rehabilitative program will be able to communicate back to you.

WAYS TO CONNECT:

Email your message to our Sponsorship Coordinator, Amanda Good, at amanda@hopeforlifeministry.org.

Email your message to our Sponsorship Coordinator, Amanda Good, at amanda@hopeforlifeministry.org.

Write a letter and mail it through the postal system. Our staff will receive your letter and deliver it to your sponsored child. Send mail to:

Hope for Life Ministry
PO Box 4503
Kigali, Rwanda

Write a letter and mail it through the postal system. Our staff will receive your letter and deliver it to your sponsored child. Send mail to:

Hope for Life Ministry
PO Box 4503
Kigali, Rwanda

Note: Please use 3 stamps and keep in mind that mail takes 6-8 weeks to arrive in Rwanda so please be patient.

Note: Please use 3 stamps and keep in mind that mail takes 6-8 weeks to arrive in Rwanda so please be patient.

Record a video message and email it to amanda@hopeforlifeministry.org.

Record a video message and email it to amanda@hopeforlifeministry.org.

If you are a sponsor to a child in the rehabilitative program, a great way to connect is through a live video call. Contact amanda@hopeforlifeministry.org to schedule a Facetime or Skype call!

If you are a sponsor to a child in the rehabilitative program, a great way to connect is through a live video call. Contact amanda@hopeforlifeministry.org to schedule a Facetime or Skype call!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are some commonly asked questions regarding how to effectively interact with your child:

Below are some commonly asked questions regarding how to effectively interact with your child:

I have never done this before…what should I talk about with my sponsored child?

  • Introduce yourself, your family, and significant others
  • Share your interests, hobbies, favorite sports
  • Explain what you do for a job
  • Tell them where you live and what it’s like

We live in two completely different places! How can I relate to them?

  • Share personal age-appropriate stories about yourself and your childhood
  • Share your faith and your own journey with Christ. Many of the children ascribe to the Christian faith and would love to hear your stories.
  • Tell them about your children, their ages, and things that they do
  • Rwandan kids love playing sports! Especially soccer!
  • Tell them about the type of music that you like. Music knows no borders!
  • Share your personal dreams for the future
  • Ask them what games they like to play

What questions should I ask my sponsored child?

  • What are you learning in school?
  • What is your favorite subject in school?
  • What do you and your friends do for fun?
  • Do you have siblings?
  • Who are your friends and what are they like?
  • How can I pray for you?
  • What have you been learning from church lately?
  • What do you want to do after you complete school?

How can I encourage them?

  • Tell them what you have been learning lately
  • Let them know that they are on a good path
  • Tell them how proud you are of them
  • Ask about their hopes and dreams for the future
  • Remind them that education is very important
  • Let them know that you are specifically praying for them and their futures
  • Share your favorite Bible verses or stories
  • Reiterate that God is with them and that He has a plan
  • Let them know how God is using them to bless your own life. And how hearing their story might be encouraging for you.

Is there anything that I should avoid while communicating with my sponsored child?

  • Sharing personal contact information (phone number, home address, social media handles)
  • Making promises for future financial support/that you will visit them someday
  • Anything that might be misinterpreted and getting their hopes up
  • Topics that may be difficult for them to talk about such as the history of Rwanda, political debates, family life, etc.
  • Focusing on the negative things that are happening in their lives
  • Talking about your own material possessions/wealth/political views/health
  • Using complex words or cultural slang. English is a second language and it may be hard for them to translate.
  • Sending cash or checks via mail directly to the child

If you have any additional questions, email amanda@hopeforlifeministry.org