How do I sign up to sponsor a child?
You can go online to our Sponsor page and give a one-time donation of $300 or set up a recurring donation of $25 per month for one sponsorship. If you prefer, you may mail a check to us at: Amazima Ministries, PO Box 682521, Franklin, TN 37068-2521.
What will I receive?
When you join the program, you will receive a sponsorship packet including a welcome letter outlining our program, a photo, and bio of that month’s spotlighted child. You will also begin receiving an exclusive sponsor e-newsletter each month. This e-newsletter will feature either a video or in-depth story of one of the children in our program.
When will I receive my sponsorship packet?
Sponsorship packets are mailed from our Stateside office within 2-4 weeks of your sponsorship-designated donation via USPS. If you do not receive your sponsorship packet within one month of your first gift, please contact us.
What does my money provide?
All money given to our sponsorship program allows Amazima to cover school expenses for over 700 children and to provide spiritual discipleship, medical care, three meals a day, school supplies and uniforms.
I’m a current sponsor, I don’t know when my sponsorship end date is?
If you have not set an end date to your recurring donation, your sponsorship will continue unless you contact us. If you have set an end date to your sponsorship, our staff will contact you at the end of your sponsorship period.
I’m a current sponsor, can’t I just keep my sponsored child?
In 2012, we switched from a one-to-one child sponsorship program to a spotlighted child model. It is our hope to draw you deeper into the lives of the children we sponsor by sharing more of their stories with you.
Who/what is a spotlighted child?
A spotlighted child is a child in the Amazima program whom our sponsorship team in Uganda has chosen to introduce to you. These children range in age and have unique stories to share. Our hope is that our friends around the world will connect with our Ugandan friends more deeply as you learn about their daily lives. Allowing our in-country team to select these spotlighted stories empowers them to be a part of Amazima globally as they share with you the children that have touched their hearts. So, not only are you connecting with these spotlighted children but also with the hearts of our sponsorship staff.
Can I write a letter to the children in the sponsorship program?
Yes. Children in Uganda love to receive mail from westerners. Please address your letter to “Dear Friends,” - we cannot give your letter to a specific child but will give it to a child that needs a little extra encouragement. Because we can’t predetermine who your letter will go to, keep it general. Children in Uganda love to hear about your life, how you heard about Amazima and your prayers for the children in Uganda and the children in our program. You may mail letters to our Stateside office. Letters are bundled several times a year and sent to Uganda. Please send only a letter and/or photo.
Can I visit my child?
Amazima does not directly host or offer short term ministry trips at this time.
What if I want to sponsor multiple children?
Thank you for your generosity! Because we introduce you to multiple children throughout your sponsorship, we currently only mail one spotlight child bio card per family by default.
What if I don’t have email?
You will receive a sponsor packet in the mail when you join the new program and annually upon renewal, with information on a spotlighted child. We do not mail copies of the sponsor e-newsletter at this time, but hope to begin mailing quarterly sponsorship updates soon.
Will my child have more than one sponsor? And if so, why?
Yes. Amazima sponsorship is set up so that all money given to our sponsorship program is put into a fund which allows us to cover school expenses for over 700 children. Rather than a one-to-one child sponsorship model, this allows us to provide spiritual discipleship, medical care, three meals a day, school supplies and uniforms to more children in the most financially responsible way possible.
So, is the child I received a photo and bio of “my” child?
Everyone who joins our sponsorship program during the same week will receive information on the same spotlighted child. This child is representative of the more than 700 children your sponsorship benefits!
What happens if you get enough sponsors to cover the expenses for over 700 children in your sponsorship program? Is your program cap 700 children or will you be adding more?
The cost of schooling in Uganda increases exponentially as students continue further down their educational path. Costs from primary to secondary can be as much as triple at some of the schools our children attend. Post-secondary only sees a greater increase. As an organization, we commit to supporting our students through university or vocational school, if they should choose that path. Therefore, a portion of each sponsorship dollar is saved to cover the increased expense as the children in our program get older and further in their schooling.
We do not have a cap on our program. We are excited about the potential this new program has to make the logistical process of adding children much more manageable both in Uganda and Stateside. We will consistently be in prayer and will be obedient to the direction that God provides about the growth of the sponsorship program.
I have more questions. How do I get those answered?
For further questions about our sponsorship program, you can email us at email@example.com and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Is Amazima a non-profit organization?
Yes. In 2008 Katie Davis established Amazima Ministries International as a 501c3 nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent the law allows.