Sponsorship at Rehema Home
Rehema Home is dedicated to providing a loving, safe, Christian environment for orphaned and abandoned children living in Kenya, with a special focus on children with HIV. We are committed to nurturing, educating, and preparing each child to their place in their community upon reaching adulthood.
Sponsorship is one practical way you can partner with us as we aim to raise the next generation of Kenyan leaders. Sponsorship gives you the opportunity to participate in a child’s development, supporting them not only financially, but emotionally and spiritually as well.
Where does my money go?
Your money goes towards the programs and expenses associated with running the Home, primarily: general operations (including food, water, clothes, toys, electricity, heat, plumbing, laundry, staffing, etc.); education expenses (including teachers for the Rehema Home school or tuition for off-site schools, books and supplies, uniforms, extra-curricular activities), and health related expenses (both routine checkups and vaccinations) as well as urgent care. A small portion, up to 20% or less, is used towards management, administrative, and fundraising expenses.
What happens if I must discontinue my sponsorship?
Life happens, circumstances change, and we understand that. We are grateful for every month you did provide a sponsorship, and we do not take it for granted. If you find you are unable to continue, we are very understanding. Simply let us know by email, phone, or letter, so we can keep our records accurate, and begin to find another sponsor for the child.
What do you tell the children about being sponsored?
We tell the children that there are people who live in another part of the world who care for them and want them to succeed. We will let them know that there is an opportunity to communicate with their sponsor/friend. If a sponsor needs to end their sponsorship, we focus on the positives and let the child know that they now have the opportunity to make a new friend, with a different sponsor.
How can I communicate with my child?
The best method to communicate with your child is by sending a letter or card. The main language spoken at Rehema Home is English, therefore if you write in English your letter will not need to be translated. Please check the profile included in your sponsorship packet for your child’s mailing address.
For the safety of the children we discourage phone calls or email contact. However, if you can easily keep up with the latest news and happenings at Rehema Home by subscribing to our e-Newsletter or following us social media.
Will I hear from my child?
For the children who are too young to write, we will send you an semi-annual update letting you know how they are developing until they are old enough to communicate personally with you. You will also receive a new picture every year.
The older children correspond with their sponsors semi-annually and send a new photo annually. This is a great way for them to connect and to get to know their sponsors. You will see their personalities come out in their notes and how much they have changed through the pictures. We encourage you to keep a file with all the communications so you can look through it from time to time. You will have a better understanding of how to pray for them as you begin to recognize their interests, aspirations, and challenges
What specific benefits will the child I sponsor receive?
The child you sponsor receives comprehensive care. We are proud of the level of care we provide—a house to live in, nourishing food, clean
water, clothing, education, medical and dental care. Moreover, we are proud to provide a good quality of life based on Christian morals and
values. The attention and mentoring given by our team of staff ensures that our children live in a real Home, as opposed to an Institution.
How many sponsors does each child have?
It costs an average of $300 per month, per child to cover the comprehensive care provided at Rehema Home. Our basic sponsorship begins at $30 per month, so at that rate we hope to secure ten sponsors per child to cover all of the child’s necessities. We do, however, give sponsors the option to sponsor a child at a higher level, if they so choose. Whether a child has two sponsors or ten sponsors, we believe that the more people supporting a child the better!
How long does my sponsorship last?
At Rehema Home, our mission is “to nurture our children into healthy individuals who can then take their place in society.” To that end, we are committed to the long term care of our children and their eventual integration into society as adults. For the sake of relational continuity, we encourage sponsors commit to sponsoring a child as long as they are able.
Occasionally, circumstances change in the life of our children, and they may return to their family or otherwise need to leave Rehema Home. Should this occur, we would inform you of this immediately to give you the opportunity to write to the child before he or she leaves. At that time you would have the opportunity to redirect your financial sponsorship to another child, if you wished to do so.
Can I send gifts to my child?
Packaged gifts are discouraged because of high customs charges and the possibility of damage, loss or theft. You are, however, welcome to send a specially designated monetary gift to the child you are sponsoring for their birthday or for Christmas. Each child gets taken out to dinner after a fun outing for their birthday. For both birthdays and Christmas, we purchase gifts for all of the children.
Can I visit my child?
Absolutely! We would love for you to visit us at Rehema Home, and wholeheartedly encourage you to visit the child you are sponsoring. When planned in advance, visiting your sponsored child can be an encouraging and memorable experience. However, to protect the children, unannounced visits are prohibited. We hope you understand that some restrictions on your visit will be necessary. Please contact the US office if you would like to arrange a trip. We would be happy to assist you with your travel plans.
Is my child HIV positive?
About half of the children at Rehema are HIV positive. Unfortunately HIV and AIDS still carry a stigma and therefore it is not our policy to give out the children’s health information. This is both for legal reasons and the privacy of the children. At the Home we do not distinguish between the children who are positive and those who are not. All our children are treated equally regardless of their HIV status.