Where do my dollars go & how do I know that the dollars I give are going to the child I sponsor?
We are proud to say that 100% of the sponsorship dollars given to Upstream International directly impact the child you sponsor and the community around him or her. Sponsorship dollars are used to provide food, medicine, school supplies, and a uniform for the individual child you sponsor. A portion of your dollars are pooled with the sponsorship dollars of other donors to fund teachers’ salaries, pay doctor fees, provide school equipment and much more. This community approach exponentially increases the impact of every donation, for each sponsored child and countless others awaiting sponsorship.
The children we work with are living in poverty and often in dangerous situations. We are excited and grateful when kids outgrow the program or have the opportunity to move to a better living situation. Sometimes, however, we see children that have left come back into our care. While we’re blessed to help out, it’s a challenge to re-match them with a new sponsor.
For these reasons we ask that you understand we will do everything possible to make sure every dollar goes to the care of the child you choose today. If for some reason your child’s participation fluctuates, your donation will continue to impact the community built around this child and others awaiting sponsorship, including the team of teachers, doctors and care providers, that are there and need help most. We will let you know if there is any change in the status of your sponsored child.
How does a child attend school before they have a sponsor?
There are many children in our partnership programs that do not have a sponsor. The programs attempt to fill the gap by pulling resources from other areas of their operations. However, many children are turned away because of the lack of resources. By spreading the needs of the individual child and the program as a whole over multiple sponsors, rather than searching for large chunks of dollars, we are able to take a “many hands make light work” approach to our partners' funding structures.
How long is the commitment to sponsor a child?
Our hope is that you would sponsor your child until they complete the 6th grade. Children begin school at different ages and progress at different rates, so this could range from age 12 to age 18 (and in some cases even older.) There are always children waiting to get into the program. When children find out they are sponsored they are given hope for their future; they are excited and thankful. To protect the hearts of our children, we ask that you do all that you can to maintain your sponsorship.
Does my sponsorship amount come out automatically? When does it come out?
When you set up a sponsorship you are able to choose if you want your payments to come out monthly, quarterly or annually. Once you set it up, the funds will withdraw automatically at your chosen frequency on the same day as the day you set it up. You can manage your sponsorship by logging into your account and clicking on “manage my sponsorship”.
What makes your sponsorship program different than the many others I see?
While we can’t speak to what others are doing, we can speak about what we are doing:
· Each child sponsored through Upstream International has just one sponsor, not multiple.
· Dollars given to sponsor a child are never used for overhead other Upstream International expenses. Funding for overhead expenses are raised independently.
· Sponsorship dollars always directly impact the child for whom they are given. We hold our partners accountable with a system of checks and balances ensure that sponsorship dollars are used exactly for what they are intended.
· Once you have made the commitment to sponsor a child, we want to help foster a relationship between you and the child. We encourage you to send letters and photos to your sponsored child to bridge the gap between your worlds. We also provide updated photos and correspondence from the child to you.
We hope this answers your initial questions. Once you sponsor a child you will receive a welcome packet with further information about your sponsorship with Upstream International. You can always email us with further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to having you as a part of the Upstream Family