Frequently Asked Questions

1What countries are included in your child sponsorship ministry?
The areas within the African continent where we currently sponsor children are Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
2How are children chosen for your sponsorship program?
Potentially eligible children are referred to our Regional Coordinators by church pastors and/or volunteers in the village where they reside.
3What does my monthly donation provide?
Your sponsorship dollars provide your child with the basic necessities of life.
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Basic Medical Care
  • School Fees
4Do caregivers receive cash from Horizon?
No! Cash is not directly given to the caregivers. Distribution of food and supplies is handled through our African partners in each region. School fees are paid directly to the school. Medical requirements are also handled by our African partners.
5Will I get updates on my child?
Yes! You will receive a progress report and an updated photo of your child once a year to allow you to see the impact your generous support is having on your child's life.
6Can I visit my sponsored child?
Yes! Horizon International conducts GO Teams (Global Outreach) and Vision Teams to our sites in Africa each year. If you accompany us on these trips, we will do everything we can to allow you the opportunity to see your child.
7Can I correspond with my child?
Yes! We encourage correspondence between sponsors and their child. You are an important part of their support system. We provide sponsors the opportunity to send packages three times each year and sponsors can expect to hear from their child at least twice each year. All correspondence must be forwarded to our Pendleton office for review after which we will forwad to the proper African center. To see a list of guidelines click here.
8Can I communicate with my child via email or social media?
No. For a wide variety of reasons, we do not permit sponsors to be in direct communication with their sponsored child. All communications must be routed through the Horizon office. This is to protect both the child and the sponsor.
9How long is my commitment to my child?
We ask that you make a commitment to sponsor your child until they are no longer in school. Due to some African children starting school at an older age, they may require assistance past the age of 18. If your situation changes due to some unforeseen circumstances and you are no longer able to continue with your sponsorship, please contact us two months prior to your cancellation. This will allow us the opportunity to find another sponsor who can continue to provide the loving support you have demonstrated to your child.
10How do I pay for my monthly sponsorship?
For your convenience, we offer several methods of making your monthly donation. The prefered methods is direct debit from you bank account using your routing and account number. Fill out the form here. We also offer direct debit to your bank card or credit card. If you prefer, you can mail your monthly donation to our office. You can also make monthly donations online!