Child Empowerment Information

What you need to know

General Information
Our experience with sponsorshipEmpowering children since 1974
Number of children currently enrolled2,600
Participating countriesBangladesh, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, Ghana and Zambia

Seeing it for yourself
Visiting the childrenMeeting your sponsored child or visiting a group program is an incredible experience that will probably change your life and perspective forever. Please let us know at least 3 months ahead so we can process your documents and coordinate with our partners who will guide you on your trip.
Documentation required for visitsComplete Sponsor Visit Application Form.
Signed Child Protection Policy.
Photocopy of your passport.
Valid police check (for anyone over 18)
Administration
Tax ReceiptsMailed in February of the following year
Your donationMost of our sponsors make monthly donations, but you can arrange quarterly or annual donations. Let our Sponsorship Manager know what you prefer.
Donation optionsVisa/Visa Debit,MasterCard/Debit MasterCard, pre-authorized bank withdrawals.
Something changed? To change the way you make your donation, or to provide new card information, give us a call and speak to our Sponsorship Manager. 1.888.702.9805.

DETAILS FOR INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS

Communicating with your Sponsored Child
Writing to your Sponsored Child We encourage you to write regularly to your sponsored child. It’s possible that neither the child nor their parents have ever received a letter in the mail!
Cultural ConsiderationsThe culture in Canada is very different from the country of your sponsored child, so when writing, keep it simple! Be sensitive about their customs and share some of yours.
Letter Writing GuidelinesWrite about things they can relate to, such as your family, country, hobbies, interests, and favourite Bible verse. Let them know you’re praying for them. Avoid talking about material possessions, money, or vacations.
Information to includeInclude the child’s full name and Child ID found on the profile page in your welcome package.
About the envelopeEnvelope size should be no larger than 6” x 9” and contain flat paper only.
What else to include in the envelopeMany children have expressed great joy at receiving letters and small treasures, such as bookmarks, greeting cards, stickers, and photos.
For your safety and privacyDo not include your mailing address, e-mail address, or social media contact info.
Where to send your letterMail your letter to the International Needs office or e-mail letters to sponsorship@internationalneeds.ca.
Our mailing addressSponsorship Manager
International Needs Canada
230 – 1119 Fennell Ave E.,
Hamilton ON L8T 1S2
Letters from your sponsored childChildren write their letters at scheduled times. Some schools build letter writing into the school curriculum to teach reading and writing skills. Children who are unable to write their own letters may draw pictures or have a teacher or friend write on their behalf.
Expect delaysLetters from your sponsored child may be delayed by slow postal service, difficult roads during rainy season, school year timing differences, and translation. We hope you’ll be patient.
Social mediaYou may NOT communicate with your sponsored child via social media. If you receive a friend request, DO NOT respond, but contact us at info@internationalneeds.ca or 1.888.702.9805.
We review all communicationWe review all communication to ensure it’s culturally sensitive and appropriate. We do this to protect the safety of the children we serve, and to comply with our Child Protection Policy.
Our Child Protection PolicyView here.
When a child graduates or moves awayA child may leave the program if their family moves from the area, if their home situation improves, or if the family chooses to no longer participate in the program. In this case, we’ll notify you and match you up with a new child.
Special Gifts for your Sponsored Child
Sending special gifts (money only)You may send a monetary gift through our office for special occasions such as your sponsored child’s birthday, Christmas, or Easter. We cannot send packages or physical gifts due to high postage and customs fees, and the risk that your gift will be lost or stolen en route.
What if you send us a packaged gift?We donate most packaged gifts to a local charity on your behalf. We thank you for your generosity towards your sponsored child, but we don’t have extra funds to pay for return postage.
How special gifts are spentThe trusted teachers, pastors, and leaders in your child’s community receive the funds, consult with the parents, and purchase a gift that will help your sponsored child the most.
To send a special monetary giftContact our office or fill in the gift form. We’ll transfer it securely to our partner.

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International Needs Canada

Toll-free: 1-888-702-9805
Office: 
1-905-389-1118
Email: 
info@internationalneeds.ca
Address:
230-1119 Fennell Ave E.,
Hamilton, On, Canada, L8T 1S2
Charity Number: #12994 3072 RR0001