Frequenty Asked Questions
How does the sponsorship work?
You make the commitment to help a needy child by donating $38.00 per month. We match your gift with a vulnerable child who is ready for assistance.
Where does my money go?
Your money is wired directly to our partners in South Africa, Thailand, and India. Those funds are supervised and provided to our Child Sponsor Advocates who oversee the provision of food, payment of school fees, and medical care when needed.
How are the children selected for the child sponsorship program?
Our sponsorship partners are trusted and respected child advocates. They are well-known in their communities and are in the best position to identify local children with the most urgent needs.
What specific benefits will my child receive?
We will meet the critical needs of your sponsored child first; that means that your sponsored child will receive supplemental food on a monthly basis. Funds will then go towards medical and educational costs.
How can you ensure that my support actually benefits the child I sponsor?
You will receive an annual update on your specific sponsored child. One Life is built upon solid relationships with child advocates on the front lines. We trust and rely on our partners in the local communities to verify that each child directly benefits from your sponsorship.
How can I communicate with my child?
You are welcome to write to your child on a regular basis. We encourage you to do so because your spiritual support is the most important support of all. Getting to know your child through correspondence can be one of the greatest joys of child sponsorship. Through this correspondence, you can communicate to your sponsored child the value and potential that God has given them. Your love and encouragement in a letter can have a lasting impact on the life of your sponsored child. If you wish to write to your sponsored child, please mail these letters to us and we will deliver them on upcoming mission trips. We have this policy so that we can arrange for translation, if necessary, and also because international mail is very unreliable in many parts of the world.
Can I send him/her a gift?
We discourage sponsors from sending gifts to their sponsored children. Because so many sponsored children live in homes with other sponsored children, we want to eliminate the possibility of any child feeling left out. Instead of personal gifts, we would encourage you to contribute to a yearly Christmas fund, if you so choose. That way, all of the children in the specific home may benefit.
How long does my sponsorship last?
Optimally, your sponsorship will last until your child has finished high school. If you wish to continue your support in this program after your sponsored child has "graduated," we will assign a new child to you.
What percentage of expenditures is spent on program activities?
One Life is a ministry administratively supported by Westside Family Church. All the funds that you donate go towards the program that supports your sponsored child. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that One Life has complete control over the use of donated funds.