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Child sponsorship

We often have supporters or sponsors visit our office and our Doves Wings foster home in China. It is dependent on staff availability as our team may be away visiting children or on teams. It is therefore at the discretion of our team to decide if it’s possible on a case by case request.

Sponsoring is easy. Simply visit our page to see children who need sponsors now. Then go to our Sponsorship page to commence your financial sponsorship. You will complete a form providing information about yourself so we can provide you with child information then complete your payment via credit card on the secure form.

Yes they certainly are and they are a real blessing to your child and their families. This does not apply in all countries though. Currently we offer this in Australia and USA.

ChinaHeart encourages sponsors to participate in the life of their child.

How can this happen:

  • Pray regularly for your child and their family
  • Sponsors are encouraged to write occasional letters to their child with update from your life and pictures. These letters allow your child to share in your life and relationships are built. Letters will be forwarded to your child as and when our team are visiting them. Sponsors are provided with guidelines for letter writing.
  • Provide gifts for your child’s birthday or Christmas. We’re not able to send actual gifts to your child so a gift of money is the best method. This will then be used locally to bless your child in the most appropriate way.
  • Commit to a long term relationship with your child.
  • You can write a letter to your child by clicking here

Sponsors receive:

  • A photo card of your child and a sponsorship welcome kit
  • Regular e-newsletter from Chinaheart, generally every 2-3 months
  • Up to two letters yearly from your child
  • An update should anything significant change in the situation of your child

We hope that you will want to be part of Chinaheart’s work for some time. Our work is long-term and committed support from sponsors allows us to achieve lasting results. However long you will be with us, your sponsorship is very important to us. Children are normally sponsored until they reach the age of 18. Sometimes we extend that age if we are helping the child through university.

Circumstances can however change during your sponsorship: the child’s family might migrate to another area, our work within that community might come to an end or your financial circumstances could change.

Child sponsorship sows into our various projects allowing us to impact groups of children in our projects. Child sponsorship enables us to open centres like Doves Wings, Morning Light and Home of Love. It enables children to remain in school. Many are forced to leave school due to family poverty and not being able to afford education. So we provide educational scholarships to help break a very real cycle of children growing up without education and continuing the poverty cycle. Child sponsorship also enables us to provide medical care and sow into community programs where needed.

Only about 11-15% of your child sponsorship is used to help cover administration costs. This is quite low by comparison to many other organisations.

When you choose to be a child sponsor, you create a special bond with a child who is in great need. You will make a huge difference to a child’s future by providing them with an opportunity to meet their basic needs and to receive an education, which is so vital in breaking the poverty cycle.

We encourage you to write to your sponsored child, send photos and small gifts to create a bond with them and to let them know that you care about them. You’ll find that sponsorship is incredibly rewarding for you too. Through letters and reports, you can see the progress of your sponsored child and their community over the years, and know that you have made a difference to a child’s life and future.

We forward letters by e-mail to our inland workers, so we ask that you not use any religious terms as some e-mails are being censored by the government. Our workers will translate your letter and take both copies to the child on the next visit. Children are encouraged to write back to their sponsors. Our workers will translate their letter into English and send it to us by e-mail.

Your sponsorship can be paid online in monthly installments.

Child sponsorship is a means of raising long-term support for the child until they complete their high school education and can take care of themselves. It is a rich and rewarding experience for the sponsors. We hope that you can commit to at least one year of support when you sign up for this sponsorship program. Your sponsorship provides needy children, their families and communities with lasting practical support.

Monthly child sponsorship is $AUD40.00. It can be paid via our secure online payments page.

ChinaHeart children are from smaller cities or rural areas in central and north west China.

General ChinaHeart questions

ChinaHeart was founded by David Ryan who is also our executive director. Supporting David is an active board of three men whose wives also play an active role. More information about our governance can be found at our Governance page.

Our head office outside China is in Sydney Australia. We do have direct representatives in the east and west areas of the USA.

You can donate via our secure page at https://www.heartforkids.org/donate/

You can also donate via bank transfer. Bank details are on our Resources page.

Our aim is to send 85% of donations through to the projects and this has been achieved. It does naturally cost money to run an organisation or ministry but we have a high value in keeping these administrative costs to a minimum.

This is a great question. Here is the Why, What and How of our ministry.

Why

No matter what country or what physical circumstances they are in, children deserve to know Jesus and other people love them, and to have opportunity to grow to be the person they were created to be.

How

By supporting and defending orphans and widows as spoken of in scripture and connecting those who are able to give of themselves, sharing love as spoken of by Jesus, with those who are in need

What

We offer physical, emotional and spiritual care through foster homes, sponsorships, mentoring and orphanage support, and provide opportunities for people to come and share in this experience, with an end result that the children’s lives are improved.

Pre-Team questions

On Team we eat local style foods. We don’t frequent western style restaurants. If you must have a McDonalds fix there may be one available however it’s not where we will usually be found. One team member said “Food – want to have the most amazing food experience then spend two weeks with ChinaHeart.” We’ll give you a good cross section of safe local food. It can be spiced up but if you don’t like too much spice we also take that very much into account. You’ll need to be practicing your chopsticks before you come…

Depending on the quality of coffee you have a passion for you need to remember China is not strong on coffee anytime. It is becoming a little more common but in general the restaurants we frequent won’t serve coffee. You may therefore choose to bring your own sachets or personal plunger and coffee with you.

You should be able to buy milk where we are but it’s not always convenient. Some people bring 3 in 1 sachets. If you’re hoping to have a morning macchiato Italian style espresso with your bacon and eggs breakfast you better keep dreaming on all counts 🙂

While on team you will have a day allocated for shopping and sightseeing.

The contribution to join a team in 2016 is $AUD1150 per person. This includes your land costs once you are met at the airport to when your team has finished. It doesn’t include personal snacks or souvenirs or personal travel like taxis to go shopping etc. Neither does it cover the travel expenses getting to China such as flights, visa or any vaccinations you may like to have.

Teams will usually visit a variety of projects depending on circumstances. These include our Doves Wings foster home, orphanages and partner programs. Team members run the activities which may include crafts, games, songs, plays, English teaching.

Each year we anticipate running teams in April, July and October. Teams are usually for 2 weeks.

Volunteer teams generally run three times per year. Team members have come from many countries. You’ll need to contact us for an application form then submit that and your deposit. Team contributions are payable 4 weeks before the team and include expenses in China once you are picked up at the airport through to the end of your team and returning to the airport.

Team applicants need to be 18 years or older unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no maximum age limit imposed however team activities require a reasonable level of physical fitness.