Friends of Hope
A child in Colombia needs you.
Our Friends of Hope program has a two-fold outcome:
- Education: Provides a child access to a strong Christian education, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to break the cycle of poverty and lead fruitful and fulfilling lives.
- Protection: Allows Conviventia to reach out and strengthen hundreds of families and protect precious children by eliminating the root causes that lead to abuse and promoting healthy environments where children can grow safely, with a clear sense of identity, self-worth, and an understanding of the role that families have in building peaceful and cohesive societies.
What does being a Friend of Hope mean?
In your role as a sponsor, you will be able to support your sponsored child and their family through ongoing encouraging communication, constant prayer, birthday and Christmas gifts, and when possible, visiting your child in Colombia. You are building and nurturing a relationship with this child, and showing them that they are valued, loved, and cared about– even by someone who has yet to meet them!
Through your financial support of US$36.00 a month, your sponsorship will ensure a child living in poverty with no hope for change can attend school and truly better themselves and their families. Likewise, it will help fund our programs tailored to strengthen families and eliminate abuse and exploitation of children.
By becoming a sponsor, you’re working alongside Conviventia’s team of teachers, psychologists, pastors, nurses, social workers, and more as we combat cyclical poverty together.
Your contribution of US$36.00 per month is complemented by a variety of fundraising efforts carried out by Conviventia. Likewise, each family contributes a small amount for tuition in line with their capacity. This is determined by an individual analysis of each family, carried out by our social workers in Colombia. Our programs focus on empowering children and leading parents to fulfill their role with responsibility; having parents contribute to educating their children remains a critical part of this process.
How does being a Friend of Hope work?
If God has placed it in your heart to sponsor a child with us, we invite you to go to our Sponsor a Child page, where you will be able to select any preferences you may have regarding the child you wish to sponsor and make your first monthly donation of US$36.00 or higher.
Once you become a Friend of Hope, you will receive your child’s photo and biography, a Friends of Hope welcome package, and access to our Facebook community page for US-based sponsors. Our suggested channel for communication is through our email: email@example.com; where all communications with your sponsored child will be securely managed. However, you may also communicate with your child via traditional mail, but likewise, all letters and/or gifts must be sent through our US office; ensuring privacy and security for both yourself and the child.
Once I’ve received my child’s bio & welcome package, what’s next?
Because letters need to be translated and follow a certain process, you can expect to receive the first letter from your child about 4 weeks (at the latest) from the time of making your commitment. However, the moment you have chosen to sponsor a child and she/he is assigned to you is the moment this child is ready to hear from you! Through letters, pictures, and gifts, you confirm your commitment that someone on the other side of the world cares about their future. Your communication will make a big difference in your sponsored child’s life. You will receive reports and updates on your child’s progress, as well as letters and drawings from them. We encourage sponsors to treasure these tokens of love and gratitude in the same way our students do, often displaying the photos and letters their sponsors send them in their homes.
The frequency of your communication and level of involvement in your sponsored child’s life is up to you, but we recommend you reach out to them periodically with at least a small message. We can also arrange for you to come visit your sponsored child and meet their family if you one day wish to do so!
Don’t know what to write/talk about? No worries!
Your welcome package will share ideas and suggestions that will inspire you and help make your communication easy, as well as provide more key details on the do’s and don’ts, the how’s and the when’s for it all!
What can sponsoring a child mean for you?
Who better to answer this question than your peers! Some of our awesome sponsors have decided to share their stories with you:
Work Teams Testimony from Carlos Toscano
Over the past five years I have been to Cartagena on several missions and there have been many memorable experiences that have enriched my life.
Work Teams Testimony from Brigitta Diaz
Short term mission trips are awesome in two ways. It blesses the people and workers in the places where the mission trip takes place, and it blesses the person who is going.
Conviventia partner testimony from Connie
Hi! My name is Connie. I’m an APRN and midwife with a busy practice, and a fierce love of God. I have had the privilege to go to Colombia with Conviventia as part of a team for 8 years now!
We work within the Colombian regulatory framework, having a high level of responsibility for each child brought to Conviventia by their family; therefore, Conviventia does not promote activities or engagements outside of the structured program, nor do we allow the sharing or publication of details about the child/children until after a commitment to sponsorship has been made.
Help break cycles of poverty. Become a Friend of Hope today.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org