RRF sponsorship offers you the opportunity to stay with a child for a number of years, through the school year in which the child reaches the age of 21. While we hope that you will be able to continue in your support of your sponsored child until he or she completes studies, we recognize that circumstances sometimes change at the sponsor’s end. In any case, you may discontinue your sponsorship at any time.
Please understand that a sponsored child's circumstances may change, too. For example, sometimes families move beyond the reach of RRF's program and children then have to leave RRF sponsorship.
We will inform you as quickly as possible if any such circumstance affects the child you sponsor, and we'll offer you the opportunity to support another child in need of your help.
Yes. RRF encourages sponsors to give additional monetary gifts to their sponsored children for special occasions, to address specific needs or simply as an act of love. These gifts are another effective way for you to reinforce your care and commitment to your child. One hundred percent of all individual child gift amounts go to that child. Alternately, you could gift things directly if you happen to visit the city where the child is. Local project volunteers purchase gifts on behalf of our sponsors and make certain that these funds are used appropriately. As a guideline, we ask that sponsors keep these contributions between $10 and $25 for each child and limit their gift giving to twice a year.
It costs $20 a month to sponsor a child through RRF. It's a pretty small commitment when you think about the incredible difference you can make in a child's life.
Sponsor a child program involves having you to personally invest in the life of a child in need. As a sponsor, you enable your sponsored child to participate in an education-centered program that offers:
And more than this, you can help your sponsored child develop a sense of confidence and self-worth with the love you express through your letters and best wishes.
As a sponsor, you are assured that there is a real connection between you and the specific child you support. The child you sponsor will know your name, write to you and benefit directly from your monthly sponsorship.
The child you sponsor will receive opportunities and services that most of the world's poorest children will simply never see. These opportunities and services include the following:
In addition to letters from your sponsored child, RRF will send you periodic updates about your child's progress, a quarterly publication “Lifeline” about RRF's work worldwide and email information about RRF’s charity activities. You will also get a password and login to a system that has some information about your child.
If you need to discontinue your support, we will immediately look for a new sponsor for your child and continue the child's support without interruption.
Your child will write to you at least two times a year. A teacher or staff person will help children who have yet to learn how to read and write. Letter writing is developmental for children as it improves their basic literacy, self-awareness and ability to put thoughts and feelings into words.
As you share your own family and personal concerns with the child you support, you'll probably discover that he or she is consistently praying for you. As your exchange of letters with the child you sponsor grows over the years, you can build a scrapbook of letters and photos from your child. Your scrapbook will serve as a constant reminder of the relationship you've developed with the child you're helping and of how you've contributed to his or her growth.
If you choose to sponsor a child, the cost is only $20 per month.
Yes. The child you're helping has just one sponsor: you. That's why your prayers, letters and support mean so much to your sponsored child. No other group or individual will also sponsor the child you help.
Yes, you can email us at @rainafoundation.com and ask us about the child’s background by email or by simply sending us your phone number and a time to contact you. Our volunteers will email you or call you back to give you the background of a child before sponsoring.
The foundation does not pay any money to the child's family. We pay the education fees of the child directly to the school, buy books directly from the school, buy stationary directly from the school, buy two pair of uniforms directly, buy shoes, socks, belts, thermos, lunch box, pencils etc. directly, buy informal clothes directly, pay for medical exams twice a year, pay for picnics directly, buy and give them festival clothes directly, buy and give them annual function, dance clothes directly, provide meals directly etc. The foundation believes that education is key to the future of every child and thus everything centers on that. We do not offer any money to the family as it could be otherwise wasted by the father on alcohol or could be used for something that the family deems important, while our goal of providing a bright future to the child would be compromised in that case.
Every penny is spent on the child. In fact, the foundation today funds almost 1000 children's education and majority of that funding comes from the volunteers itself. As a pledge of voluntary work, we ask every volunteer to sponsor 4 kids and every volunteer has done that.
To maintain simplicity, we have kept the rates the same though they tend to be higher for kids above the age of fifteen, especially those going to medical or engineering school. We try to pay the remaining from the foundation's coffers. In case of orphan kids, the costs are higher since the costs of electricity, housekeepers, computers, meals, phones etc. are quite a bit more. An example in case is that in recent times we have been building a home for orphan girl children in Malad, Bombay and have spent close to Rs. 20 lacs in the last 12 months on that project.
Yes. All contributions to RRF are tax-deductible in the United States.
RRF has consistently ensured that 100 percent of donations from Sponsor A Child Program is used for sponsor a child program activity only. Volunteers fund all administrative costs if any in the United States itself.