Sponsorship is a practical and powerful way to help one poor child and his/her
family break the bonds of poverty and transform their lives.


PROGRAM DETAILS

YOUR $35 per month sponsorship will provide:

Nutrition
Monthly food
packages and
nutritional information
provided for the caregivers.

Health
Health care, dental
care and medicine.

Faith
Our Child Sponsor
Program operates in
partnership with local
churches.

Family Support
Family assistance and emergency aid are
available for children’s
families.

Presents
A portion of
sponsorship funds goes
toward buying a Birthday
& Christmas present for
your child—from YOU.

Summer Camps
All children will have
access to summer
camps, either day
camps or stationary
week-long camps.

Child protection
Poor children are an
easy target for
exploitation. This
program can protect
and prevent abuse.

Education
Kids are given much needed
school supplies.
An education fund is
available for post
secondary education.

THE NEEDWHAT YOU RECEIVEPROGRAM IMPACTFAQ’s
Children in Ukraine and Moldova need your help: UN statistics inform us that up to 78% of people in Ukraine and Moldova are living in poverty.

UKRAINE:
Ukraine is the largest country within Europe and is home to 45 million people. Ukraine’s economy declined severely in the years following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Day-to-day life for the average person living in Ukraine is a struggle. A significant number of citizens in rural Ukraine survive by growing their own food. Many in the cities often work more than one job. The average monthly salary is US $140. The current war in Eastern Ukraine has put an even bigger strain on an already poor economy. Corruption, unemployment, despair and hopelessness are constant companions of Ukrainian people.

MOLDOVA:
Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. Economic reforms have been slow because of economic and political corruption. Moldova`s population is 3.6 million people. The average month salary is US $175

An amazing adventure for you and your family as you help change the life of one child!

  • A welcome package with pertinent information on your sponsored child and his/her family
  • The opportunity to correspond with your child and send presents if you choose to
  • An annual update on your child’s progress through school and life

Comments from current sponsors:
“From the moment we saw the picture of Uliana we instantly felt like we had a new member in our family. Tears of joy streamed down Val’s face and there was a definite lump in my throat! We are so looking forward to playing a role in her life and prayerfully that of her mom as well. Our heartfelt thanks to HART for bringing us into this relationship with Uliana.” – Glenn and Val A. sponsors since 2014

“I had the unique opportunity to meet [our sponsor child] in his home village while on a mission trip to Ukraine back in 2010. Getting a glimpse of what life was really like for [him] opened up my eyes to how much hope HART brings to children and families of Eastern Europe. With Christ at the centre of HART’s programs, [we] have witnessed how HART is truly the hands and feet of God amongst a struggling nation. Sponsoring has taught me how to be more generous and really has helped me to see the joy in giving.” – Philip & Kim C. sponsors since 2010

Comments from caseworkers:
“CSP plays an important role for the family. The child is very glad when he receives letters and very beautiful gifts from his sponsor. The boy is very glad when he gets clothes. It’s difficult to imagine how they would live without CSP and the sponsor’s help.” – Caseworker of Petro

“The first time I entered one home with two little sisters who were to be involved in this project, I was stepping on cockroaches; the home was dilapidated and filthy; I was terrified of this place and the family. Now—everything is different and changed! The appearance of the house and the lives of those who live there. – Oksana

Top 10 Sponsor Questions

Why sponsor a child?

You can change the life of a child. You can give a child a different destiny, from hopelessness to hope!

God can use you to change the life of a child! Sponsoring a child is a wonderful way to touch a child with the love of Christ. As a child sponsor through HART, you make it possible for dedicated Christians in Ukraine to work with your sponsored child and their family.

You become a partner in making a difference that really counts; a difference that builds hope for the future. When you sponsor a child, you begin a partnership with his or her family that will radically change their lives!

How does sponsorship work?

Best of all YOU get to choose a child or alternatively we can choose one for you if you so desire.

You determine your payment method – monthly or annually, by automatic bank withdrawal or credit card ($35/month or $420/year).
You will receive an information package including the child’s story and a picture within two weeks.
You will have opportunity to write your child.
You will receive an annual update as well as two letters/year from your child.
You will make a difference in the life of a child.

Does sponsorship actually work?

Yes! Sponsorship provides for children both physically and spiritually. The children feel God’s love and know that someone outside of their family cares for them.

There have been many studies conducted recently on Child Sponsorship Programs that conclude the positive impact on children’s lives. A report published by Christianity Today in June 0f 2013 concluded that:

Sponsored children are 27–40% more likely to complete secondary school;
Sponsored children are 50-80% more likely to complete a university education;
Sponsored children are 14-18% more likely to obtain a salaried job;
Sponsored children are 35% more likely to obtain a white collared job;
Sponsored children are more likely to grow up to be both community leaders & church leaders;
Poverty causes children to have very low self-esteem & low aspirations;
Sponsored children have expanded views about their own possibilities;
Sponsored children have higher expectations for their own schooling;
Sponsored children display significantly lower levels of hopelessness, higher levels of optimism and self-efficacy, and higher levels of overall happiness.

Source: Christianity Today Wydick, Bruce. “Want to Change the World? Sponsor a Child.”ChristianityToday.com. N.p., 14 June 2014. Web. 08 Apr. 2014.

How long is the commitment?
You may discontinue at any time, although we would encourage you to commit to this project for at least one year.
How does HART help children with education?
HART has an Education Fund designed to assist Sponsored Children to receive post-secondary schooling or vocational training. In most cases this entails a joint venture between the sponsor and HART. As sponsors develop a relationship with their child they may learn of a child’s desire to continue his/her education. In these cases, sponsors have the option to contribute toward the costs for the future education of their child. Please keep in mind this is not a mandatory part of our Sponsorship program. It is only for those that have the means and the desire to assist their child after they have “graduated” from this program.
May I write my child?

Yes. We encourage communication with your sponsored child. Children need to know they’re important and as a sponsor, you can instill a sense of self-worth in your child through letters and cards. It is also very important for the Church & caseworker who work with your child and his/her family. Caseworkers continually remind us that parents seem to be more cooperative when Sponsors are writing their children.

Steps to writing letters to your sponsor child:

1. The BEST option is to go on the Child Sponsor page and click on “WRITE YOUR CHILD NOW.” You can write a letter from there, even upload a picture of yourself or your family and send immediately.

2. Second BEST option is to send an email to your child.

Email your letter to cspletters@hart.ca.
Write your sponsored child today!
Please ensure your child’s name and ID number are written clearly in the subject line;
You may also attach digital photographs in the email to be forwarded along.

3. For handwritten letters or cards, please send your letter to our office for translation and forwarding to your child.

Address all letters to:
HART Office
Suite 106, 90 Freeport Blvd, NE
Calgary, AB T3J 5J9
Please ensure your child’s name and ID number are written clearly on the outside of the envelope.

 

Please note:

It may take several months for your hand-written letter to get to your child due to postal delays, caseworker availability and time needed for translation. Email letters will arrive slightly quicker as we don’t have the delays of cross-Atlantic postal service;
If you are writing to your child for their birthday or another event, please allow enough time for delivery;
It may take several months to receive a response letter from your child, but we do our best to ensure quick & efficient delivery.

Receiving a letter or postcard from you is very special for your child. It is a reminder that you care about them. It is those words of encouragement that give them hope.

What should I write to my child?

Writing to your sponsor child is a great way to get to know your child’s interests and needs. It is a phenomenal way to show a child that they are loved and thought of. We encourage all of our sponsors to send letters to their children.

Go to the Child Sponsor page and click on “WRITE YOU CHILD NOW” to find many creative ideas to assist you in writing to your child.

Write your sponsored child today!

Do children have to be a part of the church to be included in the CSP?
HART helps children of all faiths. We do not choose or decline children or families based on their religious choices. Our goal is to help the neediest children. HART’s Child Sponsorship Program is administered through the local church whose goal is to meet the needs of their area’s poorest children. Children are encouraged to attend Bible studies but not required to.
Will I always have the same child?

Usually sponsors grow attached to their children and enjoy the relationship built over time. However, on occasion there are circumstances in which the sponsorship could be discontinued.

1. For example: when the child ages-out of the program. This usually occurs between the ages of 16-18. The child may leave for college, vocational training or a job opportunity, so the sponsorship would end at that point.

2. The child’s family may no longer need the support as they’ve become self-reliant and are managing on their own. This is a goal for all our children and their families. For a sponsor to assist a family through a difficult season in their lives, to a point when they are now self-sufficient – should be celebrated!)

3. The family moves out of their child sponsorship district and is no longer accessible to the caseworker. If they move to an area where we have another child sponsorship caseworker, the child will be transferred and your sponsorship continues.

If one of these situations happens, we will contact you with the details and include information and give you the option to sponsor a new child if you so desire.

What percent of my money goes to overhead/administration costs?

HART is very intentional about financial transparency. Here is a breakdown of child sponsorship administration designations:

Overhead and Administration costs in North America = 0%
Salaries for caseworkers & translators in Ukraine = 11%

All other money goes directly into programs for assisting your sponsor child through food packages, birthday presents and more.

Other Sponsor Questions