Thinking about sponsoring a child?
Here are some Questions and Answers which might help you out. Get in touch if you have any other questions.
What does NPH stand for?
NPH stands for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos – Our little brothers and sisters. It comes from the bible quote – “What you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.”
Am I my child’s only sponsor?
No. To raise a child is more expensive than just one sponsor’s contribution. Therefore, the children may also have additional sponsors from New Zealand or other countries.
What does my sponsorship provide?
Your contribution helps provide all the basic necessities for all of the children that we support in that particular country – either in the NPH home, or in their community. We support children with food, clothing, medical care, education, spiritual formation and loving family. Through education your child is given the chance to break the cycle of poverty.
Do I have to write to my sponsored child?
As a sponsor you can decide whether you write to your sponsored child. You will receive an intro letter from the child, or their caregiver. There’s no obligation to write to the child. If you do write to them, you’ll enjoy hearing about their daily routines and dreams for the future.
All correspondence is done via our electronic correspondence system. Regardless of whether you write or not, you will always receive an update at Christmas, a new photo and a report card each year.
How do the children come to live in one of our NPH homes?
As a sponsor you will be given the child’s background story. Details of abuse, illness or hardship are taken out of the descriptions to respect the privacy of the children.
When child abuse or neglect is reported to the authorities of one of the countries where we work, NPH may be approached to also investigate the case. If the child and family’s case fit certain strict criteria, we will apply to the court system of that country for custody of that child (and their siblings). Our social workers are always working for the best interests of the children. This is why we try to keep siblings together.
While NPH are the children’s legal guardians, we have a responsibility to the children to ensure they can remain in contact with their biological family. We also recognise that sometimes a family’s situation will improve and it may be in the best interest of the children to be reintegrated with them through our OneFamily Programme.
Do the children have contact with their families outside of NPH?
Most of the children in the NPH home have contact with extended family members, who are, for many different reasons, unable to care for these children. There are “Visitors Days”, where family members, perhaps older siblings, uncles, aunts or cousins, arrive and spend the day on the NPH grounds, usually bringing food and other small gifts. Older teens usually have a free day in which they can choose to visit their family outside the NPH home.
Visitor days are not possible during the pandemic but our social workers are making sure that the kids can make regular phone calls to family members.
Some children are externos which means that they live with their family members, and NPH supports them. Often these children come from extreme poverty and need help with education, medical care and clothing. At NPH we want to be able to keep the children with their biological family, if that’s possible.
May I visit my child at the NPH home?
Before Covid19 it was always possible to visit your sponsored child. We hope that the pandemic will be over soon so that we can open our homes up to our sponsors and supporters from around the world. Visiting an NPH home is a wonderful experience as you can see how your contributions are making a difference. You can imagine the excitement that a child feels when they learn that their sponsor is coming to visit.
How long do children stay at NPH?
There is no fixed age at which the children leave NPH. They stay until they feel prepared to live independently. It also depends on how far they want to pursue their education. When the children turn 18 they are able to decide whether to leave or continue their education with the support of NPH.
Many of our children go on to vocational training or university. Before they go on to tertiary training they are expected to give back to their family by completing a Year of Service.
In some cases, children in our care are reintegrated with their families through our OneFamily programme. We keep our sponsors informed about these circumstances.
How long does my child need a sponsor?
You can sponsor a child for as long as you wish. We encourage you to support for as long as you can, but we understand if your circumstances change. Please just let us know.
If a child leaves our NPH family we will let you know the circumstances. We will ask if you’d like to continue as a regular giver or sponsor another child. Your contributions as a sponsor and regular giver help all the children at that particular home.
Is NPH religious?
NPH was founded by Father William Wasson in 1954, with the intention of serving the poor and vulnerable. Latin America is largely a Christian continent and so many of the children, families and staff follow the Christian faith. Our NPH family encourages our children to live the Christian values of service, love and compassion. Some of our children come from indigenous backgrounds and follow different traditions. We do not discriminate based on religion, serving all children and families who are in need. Some of our volunteers and staff are of different faiths. We respect all faiths and we simply ask for respect towards the Christian values of the NPH family.
Can I get a tax credit for my donations?
Yes, all donations over $5 can receive a tax credit. We will send you a receipt at the end of the financial year.