Supporting at risk children and elders with the love and services they deserve is one of the greatest gifts of kindness you can share.
Through your support, the Global Ministries Child and Elder Sponsorship Program partners with agencies and churches all over the world to provide services that create opportunities and affirm dignity.
Please consider making a life changing difference for both you and a child or elder.
Child Sponsorship Opportunities
Your gifts through Global Ministries Child Sponsorship make a difference! The Child Sponsorship program works closely with partner organizations that have long-established links with the UCC and Disciples. Collaborating with partners, your gifts to Child Sponsorship provide food, basic health care, clothing and in some cases housing, school fees, uniforms, books and training.
Armenia - Armenian Missionary Association of America
Botswana - Lephoi Centre for Learners with Visual Impairment
China - Elim Home
Haiti - House of Hope
India - Family Village Farm (Pannai)
India - Family Village Farm – King’s Matriculation Day School
India - Sermey Thoesam School
India - Sonada Refugee Camp
India - Tibetan Children’s Village
India - Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre
Israel/Palestine - Rawdat El-Zuhur School
Jamaica - Mount Olivet Boys’ Home
Jamaica - Pringle Home for Children
Lebanon - Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches Children’s Program
Philippines - Dumaguete Kalauman Center for Development
Zimbabwe - United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe Children’s Program
Elder Sponsorship Opportunities
In many countries an individual is not entitled to government assistance after retirement unless they have worked for the government. Global Ministries Elder Sponsorship centers assist elders who have no place to live and no family to care for them. Your sponsorship of an elder helps provide shelter, medicine, and meals. Elders are given the opportunity to live out their lives in dignity and solace in an environment where they feel loved and cared for.
Elder Sponsorship Centers
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sponsor a child or elder?
Mail your completed sponsorship form from this booklet with a check or electronic gift option selected. Please indicate the center of your choice or let us select a child or elder for you. Payments begin the same month the child or elder is assigned.
Who are the children and elders in the program?
The children are generally orphaned, refugees, court referrals or from low income families of Global Ministries partners. The children range from infancy to 18. A child is eligible for sponsorship until they are 18 years old. Children leaving a participating center are no longer eligible for Global Ministries sponsorship. The elders are individuals without sufficient income or family support to care for them after age 60.
Will I receive information about a specific child or elder?
Yes. A brief biography and photo of your child or elder with a cover letter will be sent to you by the Child and Elder Sponsorship Program office. We ask you to consider them an extended family member. Please contact the Child and Elder Sponsorship Program if you wish to discontinue your sponsorship so we can identify another sponsor.
How much does it cost to sponsor a child or elder?
The cost of sponsoring a child or elder varies from place to place according to the services provided and the cost of living in that country. The lowest amount is $25 per month and the highest is $35 per month.
How much of my payment will be used for administrative expenses?
100% of your designated gifts go to the children or elders. The generous gifts from congregations to the Disciples Mission Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Our Church’s Wider Mission of the United Church of Christ underwrite the administrative costs of the Child and Elder Sponsorship Program. The program is currently being funded by an anonymous donor who established a Lead Trust Annuity. In addition, we do make every effort possible to minimize the program’s overhead. We invite you to contribute to the Annual Sponsorship Appeal to help cover the administrative cost of the program.
How does my child or elder benefit from the money I provide
Your support helps provide a child or elder with food, clothing, healthcare, other needs and sometimes housing and education. In the case of a school-age child, your support may also help to pay school fees or buy uniforms and books.
How do I make a gift and will I receive receipts?
Please make your check payable to Global Ministries earmarked for the Global Ministries Child and Elder Sponsorship Program. Additional options include Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and automatic credit card gifts. Each time you send in a check, we will mail you a receipt and an invoice for your next gift. Electronic payment and credit cards will receive annual statements in January for the previous year’s gifts.
May I write or visit my sponsored child or elder?
Yes, you may! They will love hearing from or seeing you. If the child is old enough to write or draw, he or she will answer your letter. If the child is too young to write, disabled, or if translation is needed, the administrators will write and keep you informed of your child’s progress. In the case of the elders, you will receive reports from partner staff. It is our hope that you will receive at least two letters or progress reports per year from your child or elder. Mail service to and from countries may be extremely slow. Please contact the Child and Elder Sponsorship Program office if you have not heard from your child or elder or you wish to visit them. Visits are always welcomed, however, visits must be coordinated with our partners. Please contact us to assist you in making arrangements.
May I send my child or elder gifts?
All our partners and the Child and Elder Sponsorship Program office share the concern that elaborate special gifts for individuals may create distinction and alienate others. Please contact the Child and Elder Sponsorship Program office to discuss special gift options.
- Sending a small financial gift through the Global Ministries Child and Elder Sponsorship Program office for the child or elder or a general donation to be used where it is most needed. This also stimulates the local economy and ensures personal gifts will be suitable. In addition, sending packages can be an expense to our partners to receive.
- Sending a modest gift such as combs, brushes, balls, dolls, t-shirts or school supplies such as crayons, pencils or paper that can be used by several children. These gifts should be sent directly to the partner agency.
Sponsorships can be given as holiday gifts, in honor or memory of someone, or a one-time gift to use where most needed.
Send completed form and payment option to:
Global Ministries Child and Elder Sponsorship Program
700 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
Phone: (866) 822-8224 ext. 3222