"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked"
1 Peter 12:48
Many of our pastors and friends in Uganda were sponsored as children/youth and some even sponsored through college years. Their sponsors gave consistently and diligently, allowing them grow in ways that would not have been possible without the intervention. The seemingly small, mundane, monthly gifts have changed their lives forever. And, because their lives have been forever changed, they are using what they have been given, the gift of education and the transformational love of Jesus Christ, and using it to impact and empower those who are living in the same situation. Because of the cycle of empowerment and transformation we see happening, we strongly believe that when you empower a child, you really do change a family, and transform a community for Jesus Christ.
We also believe in FAMILY. Sponsoring a child is a tangible way of helping the family as a whole. In Uganda, children are required to pay school fees, purchase uniforms and supplies in order to attend a school. For many families in our district, this is a huge burden as even basic needs such as food, shelter and clean water are not met. If a family cannot afford the cost of school, the children are forfeited their education. Because this situation is common amongst families, the cycle is not easily broken without outside intervention. We believe taking this burden off of the family allows them to be strengthened as a family unit should be.
What does Amiina Ministries
Child Sponsorship Program provide?
Amiina Ministries partners with local pastors, schools, local churches to provide for the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children and their families in Uganda. Amiina Ministries has staff, who oversee's each child to ensure their physical, spiritual, educational and emotional needs are met. Sponsors can choose to partner with us in 2 distinct ways:
Restore every child by connecting with a child personally and help meet spiritual, physical, educational, emotional, and social needs. $60/month
Transform every home by investing in transformational change for a children’s home or community to make a lasting impact through our Family Care Fund (see giving opportunity on our Donate page)
What can I expect as a $60/month sponsor?
As a $60/month sponsor, your donation is used to meet the spiritual, physical, educational, emotional, and social needs of the child you sponsor. School fees, a school uniform, and daily nutritional needs are specifics that your monthly donation covers with the goal of empowering children to discover their divine potential and purpose. We believe child sponsorship is the catalyst that will bring sustainable transformation to this nation.
Besides your financial contribution, you will have the opportunity to connect with and encourage your child through email or letters 2/year and will receive 4 updates a year from your child.
How is Amiina’s Child Sponsorship Program
different from other child sponsorship programs?
Amiina Ministries is unique in that we are committed to going deep with each child we serve. Amiina’s Child Sponsorship Program seeks to support the children we serve when at school, as well as at home. We consider each child of Amiina to be a set apart child of God. Therefore, we strive to go beyond just physical needs to meet the spiritual, educational, emotional, and social needs of the child with Ugandan staff that we personally know, love, trust and empower.
The Amiina Ministries staff in Uganda are devoted worshipers and followers of Jesus Christ. Most of our staff were actually sponsored children themselves. Each of them has a personal understanding of the hardships of life in Uganda and are dedicated to love, serve and empower children as they were during their years of schooling. Our Ugandan staff were raised with a mentality of “go and do likewise.” As they were helped and given opportunity, so they are now doing the same.
The relentless efforts and care of our staff in Uganda truly are making an eternal difference in the children, families, and community of Mityana, Uganda.
Why does it cost more to sponsor a child through Amiina Ministries as opposed to other similar child sponsorship programs?
Amiina Ministries primarily serves orphaned and vulnerable children who live in mostly single mother/widow homes, with guardians, or child-headed homes. As a result, we are supporting the poorest of the poor. Your $60/month donation to Amiina Ministries meets 100 percent of the cost of school fees that are required for children to attend school and also basic health care, counseling and two meals a day.
How does Amiina Ministries
choose where to offer child sponsorship?
Amiina Ministries is unique in that our primary focus is serving orphaned and vulnerable children. Orphans are defined as children without one or both parents, a definition which also encompasses children who have been abandoned. When Amiina Ministries began in 2015, we were asked to partner with the most vulnerable children. Our staff understands the area and the needs of the area. Families of children seeking sponsorship are interviewed and their life circumstances evaluated. Children who are considered the “most vulnerable” are the ones we partner with. The Amiina Ministry staff develops a relationship with the schools, families, churches and pastors within the areas of sponsored children. This ensures Amiina Ministries and those we partner with have the same goals in mind for the children/families we serve.
If I am connected with a specific child,
will I be the only person sponsoring them?
We believe that through sponsorship God brings the lonely into family. We like to keep it one family to one child. This can make the relationship more personal. It humbles us every time we see the children and they ask about their sponsored family. For many children this is the only love they experience.
If I am connected with a specific child,
how often can I write to them?
You are welcome to write to your child as often as you like. Two times a year we will translate any letters you have written and hand deliver them to your child. Your child will then write you a letter back, which we will translate and pass on to you. You will receive 2 letters a year from your sponsored child. The children love seeing who is writing them, so feel free to include a photograph of yourself and your family. You are welcome to use the Amiina Ministries Child Sponsorship Template to write on, but it is not required. Please see Amiina Ministries Letter Writing Tips for more ideas on what to say. Please keep letters to an appropriate length, keeping in mind that a staff person will translate it. You are welcome to email a letter to your sponsor child to email@example.com or you may mail it to: Amiina Ministries, 4897 Grenadier Ct. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509. We hand deliver all letters due to postal services in the countries we serve often being unreliable.
Can I communicate with my
sponsor child through social media?
If you choose to connect with your sponsor child via social media, we ask that you use it as a vehicle to encourage and edify your child. Please remember we are serving children who may be working through the issues that arise from experiencing abandonment, neglect, and abuse, in addition to the typical struggles that all teenagers face. We do not assume they will cease to wrestle through these issues simply because they are in our Child Sponsorship Program. In light of this, we encourage the children to communicate in a way that is respectful and appropriate. We hope that, as their sponsor, you will assist us in this by letting us know if you ever have questions or concerns about the content of an email or post from your child. Copying an Amiina Team member on emails to the sponsor child is preferred.
If I am connected with a specific child,
can I visit them?
Yes! Amiina Ministries makes it easy to meet and visit your sponsor child by joining us on a mission trip. Many child sponsors have had the opportunity to build a deeper relationship with their child by meeting them and seeing where they live. When a trip is planned, Amiina Ministries will give our child sponsors opportunity to join the short term trip.
If I am connected with a specific child, can I get a gift for them?
Yes! Due to the high cost of mailing gifts to sponsor children, we offer sponsors the opportunity to make a donation above and beyond their normal giving amount to be used for a gift.
To donate toward a gift to your child, simply mail in a check, or go to our child sponsorship page and find your child and there is an option for a one time gift option. Be sure to write your child’s name and write “gift” in the donation memo line.
It may take up to eight weeks for your gift to be given to your sponsor child, due to the amount of time it takes to transfer funds internationally to the site staff. If you would choose to include a gift with your letter, we ask that the gift be able to fit into an 9×12 envelope. Sponsors should abstain from giving monetary gifts or expensive items to their sponsor child.
Is there anything I cannot send to my sponsor child?
As a sponsor, you have many opportunities to communicate with the child you sponsor and we encourage you to do so. When you communicate with him or her, however, we ask you to provide comments and materials consistent with the Christian values and philosophies we share with our partnering churches. We will not forward photographs and other materials depicting activities that:
Might be considered inappropriate in another culture.
Promote lifestyle choices that we view as unhealthy and inconsistent with biblically based lifestyles or otherwise inappropriate for sponsored children.
Might threaten the safety of the sponsored children in any way.
For example, we will not forward materials that depict or describe the use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, unlawful drugs and materials, or activities we regard as dangerous or unsafe. We will not forward materials or communications that advocate another religious worldview. In addition, we will not forward materials depicting persons dressed in immodest clothing or engaging in activities inconsistent with our ministry values and beliefs.
How long should my child sponsorship last?
Our Child Sponsorship Program offers you the opportunity to stay with a child for a number of years, usually through the school year in which the child reaches the age of 18 to 22 (varies by country,) and sometimes for a short season after graduation while they transition out of the Child Sponsorship Program.
While we hope that you will be able to continue your support of your sponsored child until he or she completes the program, we recognize that circumstances sometimes change. You may discontinue your child sponsorship at any time.
Please understand that a sponsored child’s circumstances may change. 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.
What do I do if I need to cancel my child sponsorship?
You can contact the Amiina Ministries Child Sponsorship team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (616) 878-5620. You can cancel your child sponsorship at any time.
What should I know about my sponsor child?
Many of the children Amiina Ministries works with come from a background of abuse and/or neglect and trauma. We ask that as their sponsor, you do not ask your sponsor child about their past. We want the children to focus on today and their future rather than dwelling on negative memories. Most of the children we serve have opportunities to meet with a pastor or social worker to work and pray through their hardships.
Many of the children Amiina Ministries works with have some biological family with which they are in contact. They often will visit these family members on weekends and/or holidays, and some may be reunified with family in the future.
Many of the children have had gaps in their education– whether from not being able to attend school, or by struggling with an undiagnosed or untreated learning disability. Therefore, many of the children are behind in school compared to their age, and are working to get caught up.