What is the God’s Gift program?
The God’s Gift program is a sponsorship program that gives you the opportunity to impact the life of a child in Honduras with HIV/AIDS. It is a commitment to financially help support one particular child. Your sponsorship helps provide food, clothing, and medical care, all of which are so critical to the child’s survival. But it is more than that. It is a one on one connection with a child that means the world to him or her. Many of our children have lost one or both parents. Their word for their sponsor is padrino or madrina which means Godfather or Godmother. Their relationship with you helps to give them a sense of self-worth and connection. It reminds them that someone cares!
How long will the sponsorship last?
The length of time is up to the individual, but we ask for a commitment of at least one year. We hope that you will continue to sponsor your child as long as he or she is in our facility. However, we understand that your circumstances can change at any time. All we ask is that if you need to end your commitment, you let us know. We will immediately try and find a new sponsor for the child. The circumstances of our children can change as well. We have had children move on to other facilities to be with family members, some have died, and others have been adopted. However most of our children will be with us through their developing years. Our goal is to prepare each child with a secure future for a life beyond MdL. If the circumstances for your particular child change we will let you know immediately.
Does the child know I am their sponsor?
Your child will know as much or as little as you tell them about yourself. Some of our sponsors choose to send photos so the child will know what they look like. Some write regularly. Some choose to sponsor anonymously. It is a matter of personal preference. However, we encourage you to correspond with your child.
What percentage of the money I send goes directly to support the child?
100% of your donation goes directly to support the child. This support includes, food, clothing, and medicine.
How can I communicate with the child I sponsor?
Included in your packet is a correspondence sheet. On the left side of the page, you can write your letter to your child. On the right, our translators will translate it to Spanish. You can send your letters in the envelopes provided to our office in Ohio. Or you can email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. These notes are precious gifts to the kids. They each have a special scrapbook in which they keep all letters, cards, and photos they receive. We will deliver your letters and you can expect a response. The older children will answer your letters, and a staff person will help those who are too young to read or write. You can expect quarterly communications about/from your sponsored child.
Does my child have more than one sponsor?
Yes. Because the children live at our facility, the total cost for each child is much more than the $30.00 a month that the sponsors send. However, not all sponsors communicate or choose to have a relationship with their child. So, while a child may have several sponsors, normally only a few have a special relationship with each child.
May I send gifts to my child?
Because some sponsors choose to be very involved in the life of their child and others do not, we do not allow individual gifts for the children. It creates a difficult situation when some children receive gifts and others do not. However, you may send a gift for the project. Some good examples are books (in Spanish) crayons, coloring books, soccer balls, craft supplies, games, etc. that can be used by all the children.
What other ways can I be involved in Montaña de Luz?
We will add you to our mailing list so you can receive our bi-annual newsletter and keep apprised of what is happening at Montaña de Luz. You can be part of a mission team and spend a week helping with construction and repairs. This can mean anything from painting, to building walls, to putting a roof on a building. You don’t need any construction experience, just a willingness to work and learn. In the afternoons you will have time to visit your child and spend time with him or her. For more information, please contact our office.