We hope these answers help you learn more about bringing hope to kids through OneChild’s life-changing child development program. You can also find out how to write your sponsored child an encouraging letter and visit your child! If you have any other questions, please email info@onechild.org or call us at 800-864-0200. We’ll be glad to help!


We want to communicate that each and every child matters, especially in God’s eyes. For many people, however, the problems of poverty seems so vast and overwhelming that it can be difficult to know how to help.

That’s why we invite you to discover what you can do for one child. We believe that one person can change the life of a child for eternity. No one person or organization will end global poverty in our lifetime. But together with the OneChild staff and volunteers who work in the field, you can demonstrate the love of God to one child who lives in a difficult place.

OneChild is a global community that helps children in poverty. Our staff in the field, who we call Child Champions, live in the same communities as the children we serve. In every community where we work, we develop a Hope Center that is designed to meet the unique needs of the community’s children.

OneChild focuses on holistic child development, providing programs that nurture children in faith, health, education and community. For more information about how we work, visit the Our Work page.

OneChild is not affiliated with a particular denomination. We are interdenominational, partnering with Christians throughout the world.


You will help your child overcome poverty and thrive! Kids in OneChild’s sponsorship program receive life-changing care that often includes medical check-ups, nourishing food, educational opportunities, and mentoring. All children also learn about God’s everlasting love. Your sponsorship will help your child fulfill God’s unique plan for his or her life!

You can sponsor a child for $39 a month and give a boy or girl hope for the future! Many sponsors sacrifice financially to sponsor their children, but knowing they are transforming children’s lives and sharing God’s love fills them with incredible joy. Please sponsor a precious child today!

Yes, please go to https://my.onechild.org/autopay to set up autopay and update/change your payment information any time.

Yes, please go to https://my.onechild.org/sponsorshipcontribution to submit a one-time contribution.


The more you write to your children, the more you will hear from them. You will always receive two communications from your sponsored child each year. This includes a Christmas card and a special communication piece each year.

We encourage you to write to your sponsored child at least two to three times a year, but you may write as frequently as once a month. Please know that your words of hope will mean more to your sponsored child than you can imagine!

We suggest you begin the process of building a relationship with your sponsored child by writing about some of the following topics:

  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • Climate/Weather
  • Work
  • School
  • Church
  • Pets
  • Sports
  • Holidays you observe
  • Encouragement
  • Prayer Requests
  • Your relationship with God

As a general rule, you should avoid any topics that emphasize the poverty your sponsored child is living in or anything that could be culturally offensive to him or her. Topics include:

  • Personal possessions – Discussing material items only highlights the disparity between your material wealth and your sponsored child’s poverty.
  • Dating relationships – Cultural differences surrounding this topic are significant. For example, in some cultures, marriages are still “arranged,” and your sponsored child may find discussions about dating objectionable.
  • Gifts – Do not ask your sponsored child what type of gift he or she would like from you. In many cultures, this question puts the child in an awkward, uncomfortable position.
  • Personal contact information – Your home address, email address, phone number, and personal or professional website is private information that should not be shared, for both your sponsored child’s privacy and yours. If your personal contact information is included, our staff will remove it before sending your letter on to your sponsored child.


  • Share your story of faith
  • Let your child know that you are praying for him or her. But please be sensitive to your sponsored child’s age, background and spiritual maturity.
  • Keep in mind that your sponsored child may not be a Christian.

Many younger sponsored children are unable to write on their own, so a staff member, or volunteer at the Hope Center or family member may do so on their behalf.

Your letters are typically delivered to your sponsored child within three months. Shipping to our centers is costly, and the centers are often located in remote areas of the world, so it takes time. To save costs, we ship to our centers once a month.

It may take about 4-6 months to receive a direct response to your letter. Because it takes 2-3 months for your letter to reach your sponsored child, it will take about the same amount of time for your child to write his or her response letter, have it translated in the country office, and then ship it back to our offices in the U.S. for processing.

Letter writing is an unfamiliar concept to most of our children, and cross-cultural communications are challenging, even in the most favorable conditions. Most children have never received a letter prior to becoming a sponsored child, so it takes time for them to become accustomed to writing letters. Please be patient with your sponsored child and encourage them in their learning process.

Because letter writing is initially unfamiliar to your sponsored child, he or she may not realize that a response is needed. Over time, our goal is to help your sponsored child become better at responding to your questions and asking his or her own. Your patience and understanding will help your child grow more familiar with letter writing.

Also, the time involved in delivering your letter to your sponsored child often plays a part in unanswered questions. It could take up to six months from the time we receive your letter for you to receive your sponsored child’s response. If you receive a letter from your sponsored child within a few months of sending a letter to him or her, he or she most likely has not yet received your letters and may answer your questions in a later letter.

In many of the languages our children speak, there is no direct English translation and the spelling of names is very difficult. The spelling of names can and will vary between translators.

Using stationery provided by OneChild or your own, you can send your letter to our office with your monthly commitment or on its own to the following address: OneChild, P.O. Box 62600, Colorado Springs, CO 80962. PLEASE REMEMBER to leave ample space for translation and include your name and ID and your child’s name and ID if you are using your own paper or cards.

In order to protect the privacy of both the children and our sponsors, all communications must go through our office.

No. We do not allow sponsors to give their contact information to their sponsored child, as a measure to protect the privacy of both sponsor and child.

Yes! Your sponsored child would enjoy receiving pictures of your family, pets, and local scenery, as well as simple postcards of where you live or trips you’ve taken. Because standards of dress may be different in your sponsored child’s culture, please do not send photos that depict people in immodest clothing or photos of possessions, since this only highlights the disparity between the material wealth many of us enjoy in the U.S. and your sponsored child’s poverty.

Yes. You may send greeting cards and other small, flat items as gifts to your sponsored child. Please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Limit your giving to no more than one envelope per month.
  • All gifts must be flat and fit comfortably inside a 6″ x 9″ envelope. The thickness of the envelope must not exceed one inch.
  • Please write your sponsored child’s name and identification number on each item.
  • Christmas cards and gift envelopes must reach our Colorado office by the end of October to ensure Christmas delivery. Other cards and gifts for special occasions must be received two months prior to the occasion to ensure on-time delivery.

No. Due to high international shipping costs, as well as customs regulations, we cannot send anything to your sponsored child larger than what fits in a 6″ x 9″ envelope. In the interest of good stewardship, we strive to keep our shipping costs low.

Yes. We realize that the relationship you have with your sponsored child plays a significant role in your life and that you may desire some form of closure. We will make every attempt to get your final letter to your sponsored child.

We recommend that you appoint one individual to be the group’s correspondent. It is simpler for a child to relate to one person rather than a group.

Yes, you can email a letter to appchildletters@onechild.org You can also attach photos! We will get this message processed, printed, and sent to your child’s country in the following month’s shipment. Please remember to include your sponsored child’s ID and name and your sponsor ID and name.


You may give a birthday gift of $25-$100 for your child as well as a $50-$300 gift for your child’s family. Each of these gifts may only be given once a year. You can also give an additional $25-$200 gift if your child is graduating from the sponsorship program. The gift your child is given will be based on the child’s needs and will be determined by our Hope Center staff. We cannot verify what the child will receive ahead of time. If you would like to give a gift to your child, please call us at 800-864-0200.

Due to customs regulations and high international shipping costs we cannot send anything to your sponsored child larger than what fits in a 6” x 9“ envelope. In the interest of good stewardship, we strive to keep our shipping costs low.

Please do not ask your sponsored child what type of gift he or she would like from you. In many cultures, this question would put the child in an awkward, uncomfortable position.

As long as your gift fits in a 6″ x 9″ envelope, the following suggestions may be helpful:

  • Crafts
  • Bookmarks and stickers
  • Educational activity pages
  • Coloring book pages
  • Child card games that promote learning
  • Finger puppets
  • Family/pet photos
  • School supplies (pencils, markers, stencils, etc., but not crayons, please see below)
  • Non-metal hair accessories, such as barrettes or ribbons
  • Non-metal jewelry
  • Small maps
  • Postcards

Because of customs restrictions, risk of loss or theft, the high cost of delivery, and other challenges, the following cannot be sent to your sponsored child.

  • Items larger than what fits inside a 6″ x 9″ envelope
  • Cash or coins
  • Seeds or leaves
  • Battery-operated items
  • Heat-sensitive items, like crayons or candies
  • Magnets
  • Metal objects
  • Electronic/musical cards
  • Gently used items

Large items are removed from our shipments and are not sent to the child. Our staff will attempt to contact you and inform you of this.

As long as your gift meets the stated guidelines, we will still send your gift and make every attempt to deliver your gift to the child.

As stated in our communications, the funds raised in the Christmas Gift Fund are disbursed to all of our Hope Centers based on the number of children who attend there. This is to ensure that every single child we serve receives a Christmas gift, regardless of whether they have a sponsor or not.


Yes! If you are planning an international trip to the country and region where your sponsored child lives, we will make every effort to connect you with your sponsored child.

Please contact us at least three months prior to your trip since it takes time to coordinate your visit with the leader in the field.

Possibly. This is left to the discretion of the leader in the field and the child’s family. While the family is grateful for your support and encouragement of their child, they may be hesitant to meet you because of cultural differences. Also, missing work has larger consequences for families living in extreme poverty than it might for us; families can’t always afford to miss work and may lose their jobs if they miss work.

To make the coordination of your trip as smooth as possible, please be sure to have the following information before requesting an individual visit:

  • Your sponsored child’s name and identification number
  • Your dates of travel
  • Date that would be most convenient for you to visit your sponsored child
  • In-country contact information, i.e. lodging information, phone numbers, etc.

Since this is an individual visit, you will need to make your own plane and hotel reservations and provide your personal transportation. For security reasons, OneChild staff will arrange to meet you and drive you to the Hope Center and back.

Possible expenses could include transportation, a translator, food, and a gift basket. We will provide an estimate of any expenses upon request.

Yes. A Traveler Information form will be sent to you. This will need to be returned to OneChild. The form will include traveler and emergency information, a media waiver, guidelines for the visit, and a covenant not to sue.

Anyone who plans to visit a sponsored child will need to fill out the form separately. The form may be copied.

Yes. For your security as well as our own, we require that the form be filled out for each sponsor visit request.

As soon as possible, in order to assist OneChild staff in coordinating your visit. Please do not leave without submitting the signed form for each person visiting.

Yes. This is to facilitate the visit, provide translation services, and to carry out the visit according to our Sponsor Visit Guidelines.

Typically, sponsors spend several hours to a whole day with their sponsored child, but this is arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Yes! We recommend you give your sponsored child practical gifts, since the need is great. However, any gift you give your sponsored child will be greatly valued and bring incredible hope. Here are some recommendations:

  • Clothes
  • Backpack or tote bag
  • School supplies
  • Coloring books with crayons and markers
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Dolls
  • Soccer balls
  • Photo albums with photos of your family
  • Hard Candy

Please note: the OneChild field staff will also provide a food gift basket for you to give to the child’s caregiver during the visit. This gift is separate from any additional gift you may choose to give the family. You are responsible for the cost of the food basket and will need to reimburse the OneChild country office.

Yes! Please do not bring expensive or large gifts for the family since this may overwhelm them. Our idea of a small gift is much different from theirs, and a small gift from you will be treasured. Let us know if you would like to provide a gift for the family and we will coordinate this with our staff based on the family’s needs.

We recommend that you seek the advice of your physician, health care provider, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the recommended or required immunizations of the country you are visiting.

Yes. All U.S. citizens are required to have a passport for international travel, regardless of the destination.