How Sponsorship Works

  • How sponsorship works
    Most of the people living in poverty are children. Poverty denies children their rights. We believe that every child is valuable and has a right to a hope and a future. Abuse and exploitation of children is linked to widespread and deeply entrenched with poverty. It scars their lives with ill health, malnutrition, vulnerability and impaired physical and mental development, and lack of education and oppurtunities.
    Operation Uganda’s aim is to break the cycle of poverty by providing support to children on four levels: Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical and Emotional;
    • Spiritual: We are Christ-centred. Every sponsored child hears the gospel and is encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God. By being church based, all children sponsored are encouraged to attend a local church.  Our hope is that all children know God and follow Him. 
    • Intellectual: All sponsored children are givein a full primary and secondary scholorship which includes full school fees, school uniforms, text books, lunch allowance, and examination fees.
    • Physical: We ensure that through sponsorship, children are healthy and have access to medical care when needed and have regular health checkups by professional medical staff.
    • Emotional: Through sponsorship, children have security, hope and purpose. They develop good character, integrity and healthy relationships.

    To sponsor a child, simply select the child you wish to sponsor, complete the online form and push the submit button. We will then forward an A5 laminated sponsor card of your child to you.

    Child Sponsorship
    Sponsoring is a very personal way to support deprived children. Through the child you sponsor, you can learn about a culture very different to your own and gain an insight into the lives of children growing up in developing countries. As a sponsor, you will see the difference you are helping to make. If you wish, you can sponsor more than one child.
    Questions and Answers
    Q. Can I choose the gender and age of the child I sponsor?
    A. Yes. Many people ask to sponsor a boy or girl of the same age and gender as their own children or grandchildren.
    Q. Who can be a sponsor?
    A. Any one person or group who is willing to support and encourage sponsored children can sponsor a child. This can be individuals, home groups, work-mates, churches, Sunday schools, friends, neighbours or clubs; however, we will need to have a clear point of contact for sponsorship funds and communications.
    How often do I get an update and hear from my sponsored child?
    You will receive at least one letter, note or drawing each year. Many children love communicating and receiving your responses too. Through this unique and personal connection you can see for yourself what is happening in their local area. Once a year you will receive a updated photograph and a letter from your child. We suggest you write at least once or twice a year. Letters should be simple and short.
    Q. What do I do to sponsor a child?
    A. Either select a child from our website, email us on info@operationuganda.org or call our Australian office on 1300 795 303, if you would like a specific age or gender.
    Q. What happens after I pick my sponsor child and submit my info to you? A. We will send you a direct debit authority form to enable us to begin the monthly
    direct debits from your nominated account. Once we receive the form, we will send you a laminated A5 full colour sponsor card of your sponsor child. Many families keep it on their fridge
    Q. How do I pay?
    A. Direct Debit is the safest, easiest and most cost efficient way to manage your sponsorship. We can either deduct your sponsorship from a savings/cheque account or a credit card on a monthly basis.
    Direct debit is the most cost effective method of making sponsorship payments, as we have minimum administration costs, as the banks do all the work.
    Q. How are you committed to financial integrity?
    A. We both believe and act with transparency and integrity. We are registered charitable organisation; ABN 27 134 735 292.
    All financial support and donations made in Australia are tax deductible. Operation Uganda is committed to integrity and financial accountability. We are governed by a board of directors, submit annual financial reports to the Austraian Charities and Non-Profits Commission (ACNC), and submit of six monthly reports to Australain Christian Churches Internatioal Releif (ACCIR) who are a member of ACFID the Australian Council for International Development. Operation Uganda is also an accredited Non-Government Organisation in Uganda and submits annual financial and operational reports to the Ugandan Government..
    How much of my $45 goes to support the child I sponsor?
    Operation Uganda is committed to ensuring that 90% of your funds go directly to the child you sponsor. We put 5% of your monthly sponsorship towards two annual combined parties to celebrate Birthdays and Christmas, where we provide all the children with special treats, sodas, balloons, games, cakes and also a gift for each child.

    Direct Assistance to your Sponsor Child - 85% = $38.25
    Addressing: Spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional needs.
    Christmas and birthday gifts - 5% = $2.25
    We have two group parties annually, to celebrate Christmas and Birthdays.
    General and Administrative Expenses - 10% = $4.50
    A5 sponsor card, 8% ACCIR* fee for tax deductibility, bank charges, letter writing, postage.
    Total: 100% = $45.00
    *Australain Christian Churches Internatioal Releif fee for Overseas Tax Deductibility

    We do multiple sponsor children depending upon individual needs, level of care needed and geographical costs, i.e: access to education.

    Q. Does the child I sponsor receive my support in cash?
    A. No. Giving cash directly to children is not the best way to help. Your support is used to provide services, such as education, health care, meals, school supplies, uniforms, Christmas and holiday programs and clothing.
    Q. Can I give additional payments and gifts?
    A. Yes. Many sponsors wish to contribute an additional gift towards the Christmas party and birthdays. We suggest an amount no greater than $30.00 and no more than twice a year. If you would like to give an additional gift please contact our Australian office info@operationuganda.org
    Q. Can I send a gift to my sponsor child?
    A. Yes. We recommend that you send a Bible, journal or an age appropriate book, appropriate clothing, however we request that you limit the value of your gift to $30 Please package the parcel in a plain post pack and post it to:
    Operation Uganda
    Att: Your sponsor child’s name and code E.g. Susan JHKC107
    P.O. Box 11014
    Kampala, Uganda.

    Please do not post gifts to our Australian office.
    Q. Is my sponsorship tax deductible?
    A. Yes, we do offer the option for tax deductibility and we will send out tax receipts at the end of each financial year. 
    Q. Can I visit the child I sponsor?
    A. Yes. Contact Operation Uganda at least three months before your intended visit.
    We will make the appropriate arrangement to ensure you are able to visit with your sponsor child.
    Q. Is sponsoring a child like adopting a child?
    A. In the eyes of the child you sponsor, you play an important part in their life, your monthly support enables your sponsor child to attend school, maintains good health and helps them to have a future and a hope, your participation through letters and cards can inspire and encourage them. It's amazing how messages of hope can boost children's self-esteem and motivate them to realise their potential. Although many are orphans, sponsors do not adopt children; our goal is to not only rescue children from vulnerable and devastating situations but also help rebuild the nation of Uganda by raising up strong, educated and confident young men and women.
    Q. What happens if I cannot maintain the payments or decide to stop my support?
    A. We recognise for a variety of reasons, you may not be able to maintain regular payments. In these circumstances, we will ensure that the support for the child is covered from other funds for a limited time; however, after continued non-payment we will contact you and offer you the option of making up the payments
    or cancelling your support. Where there are cases of anticipated temporary difficulty over payments, we are very willing to talk this through with you, so please contact us. If, for any reason, you wish to withdraw from your sponsorship, you are free to do so at any time. You may ask a friend or relative to take over the sponsorship from you. All we ask is that you think and pray before making such a decision, as we believe this should not be taken lightly. In these circumstances, the child you have been supporting will be covered until we can gain another sponsor.
    Q. For how long will the link with my sponsored child last?
    A. This can vary widely, depending on many factors. Typically sponsorship will continue until the age of 18, although some stay longer. This is because in many developing countries, children move up to the next level in school only when they reach the required standard. Also many of the children in our care have
    been orphaned and may have missed years of schooling.
    What happens if the child I support leaves your care?
    When the child leaves our care, whether at the end of their schooling or earlier, we will try to let you know in time for you to write a final letter to the child. When your sponsor child leaves our care, we would be delighted if you then felt able to help another needy child. 

    Have more questions...  Please email us on - info@operationuganda.org