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Frequently Asked Questions

About Us

Church Support


Discovery Tours

Policy for Designated Funds


Sponsorship Basics

About Us

What is International Needs Canada?
International Needs Canada is the Canadian affiliate of International Needs Inc.— a worldwide partnership of Christian organizations supporting each other to transform lives, families and communities.

International Needs Canada is committed to helping communities in the developing world reach their full potential through development initiatives, and child sponsorship programs. In collaboration with national and international partners, we foster justice, peace and hope in communities devastated by civil conflict, poverty and disease.

International Needs Canada was founded (simultaneously with International Needs Inc.) in 1974 when Ray Harrison, then World Director of Youth For Christ International, attending the World Conference on Evangelism in Lausanne, Switzerland, was inspired to initiate a wider form of development ministry that partners Christian “nationals” around the world. This revolutionary concept positioned International Needs as a pioneer. Because this approach has been so successful, it is now an accepted standard for reaching the world with the message of love and strategies for moving from poverty to prosperity.

How does International Needs work?
International Needs Canada works in partnership with other nationally based International Needs organizations, non-governmental-organizations (NGO's) and local governing bodies to establish hope and sustainability in communities in the developing world. We empower men and women of faith with the knowledge and tools they need to lead their communities toward a future of hope. Our country directors work closely with each community, identifying their core needs while also establishing trust with local officials and tribal leaders. Through these relationships, International Needs Canada is able to establish lasting community programs, church partnerships and child sponsorship modules that ensure a bright future for thousands of families each year.

How many countries does International Needs Canada work in?
International Needs Canada currently collaborates directly on specific initiatives with 10 of the 35 countries in which International Needs Inc. operates. Our ministry stretches from the slums in growing cities to remote villages in rural communities of Asia, Africa and Latin America. View a list of our current country partners.

What is International Needs charitable registration number?
Our Canadian charitable registration number is # 12994 3072 RR0001

Is International Needs a member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities?
Yes. As a registered charity under the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, International Needs Canada is committed to financial accountability, integrity and faithfully following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Certified Member - Canadian Council of Christian Charities

Who can I contact for more information?
For more information please contact us at:
Toll-free: 1-888-702-9805
Address:  230-1119 Fennell Ave E., • Hamilton • Ontario, Canada • L8T 1S2

How do I change my contact information? You may change your contact information by calling us toll free at 1-888-702-9805 or emailing us at

Church Support

How can I partner with a church?
If you church is interested in partnering with a local church in the developing world, please contact us and an International Needs Canada representative will discuss partnership opportunities with you. 

What does my partnership involve?
When you partner with a local church in the developing world you are able to invest both financially and spiritually in the well-being of an entire community. Your partnership will provide church leaders with the encouragement and tools they need to provide inspired, transformational leadership to their congregations.


When I give a general donation to International Needs how is my money used?
When you give your monthly sponsorship gift, the money is sent directly to the community to care for your sponsored child. If you are donating to a specific project, we use your gift to accomplish the specific tasks in that project. There are many undesignated needs in our communities, so you are also able to give to where help is most needed.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes. International Needs issues cumulative tax receipts at the end of the giving year.

How do I make a donation?
You can make a donation online by visiting our Donate page or through each giving opportunity listed under Ways to Give. You can give to as many projects and support as many sponsored children as you like. After confirming your donation details you will be taken to a secure page where you can enter your credit card information.

You can also send your gift to us through the mail, by credit card or by cheque. If you would like a personal visit from an International Needs team member, please call us. We would be happy to share our vision with you. If you would like us to present our work at your church, please don't hesitate to call. We would love to share dramatic stories of justice renewed!

Do I need to have an International Needs online account to make a donation?
No, you do not need to have an online account to make a donation. However you may choose to have an account automatically generated for you when you make a donation for the first time.

Will my personal information be secure?
Yes. Your personal information will be protected while in transit on the internet through a 128-bit SSL encryption. A similar method is used by banks and other financial institutions' websites to ensure both security and confidentiality of user information.

Discovery Tours

How can I apply to go participate in a Discovery Tour?
International Needs Canada is committed to connecting men and women from the developed world with those of the developing world. Every year, International Needs Canada offers you the opportunity to explore and experience the progress being made on its various community development projects and other sustainable development initiatives in its partner countries. If you are interested in participating in a Discovery Tour please contact us. All interested individuals will be required to complete an application process which includes both police and reference checks. 

Where can I travel?
International Needs Canada directly partners with and supports projects and communities in 10 countries around the world. If you would like to go on a Discovery Tour to one of our partnering countries, we encourage you to contact us. Remember that you are travelling outside Canada and you will need a valid passport—valid for at least six months after the date of your return.

You and a team may also design a Discovery Tour through one of our 35 global partners and country directors. Let us help you design a team experience for you today.

How are the expenses of each trip covered?
Each Discovery Tour participant is responsible for raising his or her own funding. This may be accomplished through donations and fundraising events. The money you raise will be directly credited to your account and your supporters will receive receipts for tax purposes.

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to secure a position on all International Needs Discovery Tours. This is due upon confirmation of your reservation. Your next payments are due as specified on your Discovery Tour application form. As flights and tour prices are quoted in CAD dollars, prices are guaranteed only with full payment. Taxes and Fuel Surcharges can be implemented by airlines until full payment is received.

What are the insurance requirements?
Extended medical insurance must be purchased at time of booking. Usually a package of cancellation and medical is less expensive than purchasing individual insurance. You must have extended medical coverage over and above provincial medical coverage. Cancellation insurance is optional. If you do not have travel insurance with your benefits provider, International Needs can provide you with the information you need to secure the proper coverage.

How much does each trip cost?
The cost for each trip varies depending on location and duration of stay. As you begin planning your trip, this information will be provided to you.

What is the policy on cancellation fees?
All monies are 100% non-refundable at all times as stated in the terms provided by the airlines. We highly recommend that you purchase cancellation insurance to cover yourself in case of your own illness or the illness of a family member.

What will I need in order to travel with International Needs?
In order to travel with our team to the developing world you will need to have a valid passport and be up to date on required vaccinations. We recommend that you visit a travel clinic or your family doctor to ensure you are protected as you travel.

Where will I stay?
Accommodations vary depending on where and when teams travel. Most often participants stay in accommodations located within or near the communities they are visiting.

Policy for Distribution of Funds

Spending of funds is confined to board approved programs and projects. Each restricted contribution designated towards a board approved program or project will be used as designated, with the understanding that when the need for such a program or project has been met, or cannot be completed for any reason determined by the board, the remaining restricted contributions designated for such program or project will be used where needed most.


How does International Needs choose the projects they support?
Through trusted relationships with our directors in countries where we work, International Needs is able to establish strategies for community sustainability through agricultural, social, and economic initiatives. Our country directors are responsible for identifying the core needs of each community, drafting proposals for projects and submitting these reports to our international office.

After reviewing each project, International Needs provides our office in Canada with a list of projects that require funding. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, International Needs Canada is able to supply communities in need with the resources, planning and training they need to establish a future of hope.

How are funds distributed to each project?
Our country directors oversee each project in their regions, ensuring that your gifts are used in the most effective way possible. Each project is run by a team of local ministry workers and community leaders who collectively carry out each phase of approved community projects.

How can I support a project?
To donate to a project simply select the project you want to support from the project list and select 'donate'. From here you can choose the amount you want to donate as well as add other projects to support. View our current projects.

May I support more than one project at a time?
Yes. You may support as many projects as you wish.

Sponsorship Basics

How are children chosen for International Needs’s sponsorship program?
Our country directors and their teams of social workers are uniquely invested in each International Needs project. They know the needs of each community and are able to identify the children in need of immediate care. These children are added to International Needs’ sponsorship program. Our team then works to find people like you who will sponsor them, giving them the support and opportunities they need for a future of hope and purpose.

What will I receive as a child sponsor?
When you sponsor a child through International Needs you are not only investing in the life of a child, but also the well-being of his or her family and community. A few weeks after you request a child to sponsor, you will receive a sponsorship welcome package that will provide you with everything you need to know about your sponsored child. The kit includes a photo of your child, and a sheet with information about your sponsored child and his or her community. You will also receive regular updates throughout the year from your sponsored child. The child, his or her family and community will also be notified that you are their sponsor.

What does my sponsorship provide?
The most important gift you give as a child sponsor is the gift of encouragement and faith. In many communities, poverty has a deep hold on the community. Knowing that you are walking alongside them gives them hope for the future. As a child sponsor you ensure that your sponsored child has the opportunity to go to school, receive regular health care, eat nutritious food and receive clothing and other life essentials. More than that, you know that their family and the community in which they live will benefit from long-term assistance providing safe drinking water, a school, health care and income-generating training.

Can I write to my sponsored child?
Yes, please write your sponsored child. Here are a few tips.

Can I send my sponsored child gifts?
Please feel free to express your care for your sponsored child by sending an extra financial gift. The dollars you give will be used to buy a unique gift for your sponsored child or provide extra food for the family. We are unable to ship toys and clothing as the parcels are subject to cross-border taxes, or they are easily lost. When you give a financial gift, the community caregiver can choose a gift that meets your sponsored child's specific needs.

How long can I support my sponsored child?
You can support your sponsored child until they have completed their high school education. However many sponsored children have the desire to continue their schooling, but cannot afford the high tuition fees of college or vocational training. As their sponsor, you will be given the opportunity to continue supporting your sponsored child through scholarship funding.

What if I am unable to continue supporting my sponsored child?
We understand that your commitment to child sponsorship may change over time. If you are unable to continue in your sponsorship commitment we ask that you contact us immediately so our team can find another sponsor for your sponsored child.

May I support more than one child?
You are welcome to support as many children as you want at any given time. Sponsor a child today.

What is the difference between child sponsorship and scholarships?
Scholarships provide young men and women with additional training in trades and employable jobs such as teaching, agriculture, nursing and pastoral leadership. However, the cost to educate a young person continuing in secondary schooling or vocational training is much more than primary education. Like child sponsorship, scholarships provide young people with basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter as well as tuition fees. International Needs’ scholarship program equips young people with the knowledge and skills they need to invest into the economic and social infrastructures of their community.

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