1. How many people does the charity employ?
2. What percentage of each dollar donated actually makes it to the field?
3. How often do you make mission trips and can anyone go with you?
4. How can I sponsor an orphan or widow?
As new children are brought into each orphanage we place their pictures on the ORPHAN page on our website. We also have featured widows who desperately need monthly support. Although we encourage you to choose an orphan or widow to represent your giving and allow you to pray for an individual, each dollar you give is invested in improving many lives! With our Pooled Sponsorship Program you impact all of the children in one orphanage or an entire community of widows, helping to care for their daily needs as well as letting them know someone cares for them enough to send support and pray!
5. What is pooled sponsorship?
Pooled sponsorship allows your money to bless an entire community rather than just one individual. Our partners in India and Rwanda informed us that individual sponsorship presents numerous difficulties. From an accounting perspective, it is challenging and tedious to monitor what is spent for each orphan. Since they feed, clothe and educate all of the children, regardless if they have been sponsored, it seems logical to allow the partners to “pool” the resources we send to benefit the entire orphanage or community. Pooled sponsorship also prevents jealousy or hurt feelings. Individual sponsorship leaves other children and widows feeling unwanted and left out. Instances of blackmail with distant relatives and the surrounding community have occurred as well and pooled sponsorship will help remove this risk from the equation as the pastors work tirelessly to care for the children and people groups they serve in Jesus name.
6. Can I set up an automatic deduction?
7. How often will I receive updates on my orphan?
8. Are we expected to write letters to individual orphans or widows? Can we send gifts to them?
When AHEC first began, we encouraged people to do so. But the pastors running the orphanages said some of the children felt left out when others would get gifts. American gifts have also drawn unnecessary attention to the orphanage from the community around them. This can cause problems for the pastors and these orphanages. Therefore, we are asking you to not send packages through the mail.
Letters though are encouraged. You can email your letter to us (go to contact us page) or send handwritten letters to our address that will be forwarded to the pastors. Although you can enquire or mention an orphan by name be aware your letter will be read to the entire orphanage. Letters from sponsors greatly encourage the children as well as the pastors. Widows meet monthly to receive their food supply and receive encouragement. The pastors will read your letter as the community gathers together.
9. How do I help my orphan get a higher education or vocational training after high school?
We have been helping our orphanages in India long enough to see some of the children graduate high school and go on to college. Others have entered a trade school to learn a vocational skill which will enable them to earn a living. Although some sponsors have chosen to increase their monthly amount when a child they have been following and praying for enters college or vocational training this is entirely up to the sponsor. One of the benefits of pooled sponsorship is extra funds can be used for higher education for the children who are eligible.