FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you have further questions regarding your sponsorship, please reach out to the Child Development Coordinator.
How long will my sponsorship last?
Sponsorships last the duration of the child’s educational career or stay in the Sozo Children Home, whichever comes first. Many of our children have aspirations of getting their college degree, and many aspire to learn a trade and own a small business. We believe that walking with a child every step of the way to independence paves the way to sustainable growth in Uganda.
If I miss a payment will my sponsorship be canceled?
One missed payment will not result in the cancellation of your sponsorship. However, three missed payments in a calendar year will result in the cancellation of sponsorship. In order to reinstate a terminated sponsorship, all missed donations must be covered.
What should I do if I need to cancel my sponsorship?
We realize that situations arise where an individual or family may be unable to continue sponsorship. In order to cancel a sponsorship, individuals should contact Sozo Children’s Child Development Coordinator, Riley Cowell at email@example.com or (334) 590-6032.
How many segments does each child have?
Children who live in the Sozo homes have 8 segments each (housing, education, medical, nutrition, lead, equip, disciple, nurture). Children who live with their families have two segments each (education and medical). Each segment is $35/month. Depending on how many segments each child has available, sponsors can choose to cover as many segments as they feel led. This means, some children have more than one sponsor. We believe it takes a village to raise a child and our children have unique relationships with each sponsor.
What if I want to cover another segment for my sponsor child in the future?
If you are feeling led to add a segment to your sponsorship or increase your monthly giving, e-mail Riley to be notified when a segment becomes available for your sponsor child.
What is expected of me as a sponsor?
Most importantly, you are expected to pray for your sponsored child. The children pray daily for their sponsors and we believe it is equally important for sponsors to pray for their child. As a sponsor, you are also expected to honor your financial commitment whether it is monthly, quarterly, or yearly. You are also expected to provide a Christmas donation for your child. To protect cultural influence, our Child Development Director in Uganda (Aggie Namuyomba) will purchase Christmas gifts based on the child’s needs. Your Christmas donation will be due mid-October to insure enough time to buy gifts.
Will I be able to send letters, pictures, or gifts to my sponsored child?
We encourage our sponsors to send letters and pictures throughout the year. Our kids cherish personal keepsakes from their sponsors. Sponsors are also allowed to send two gifts per year (excluding Christmas); the gift must fit in one gallon Ziploc bag and cost less than $30 USD.
Gift ideas include: soccer balls, basketball shoes, notebooks, nail polish, pens, small purses, lotions, perfumes/colognes, clothes, or hats. Unacceptable gifts include: electronics, expensive jewelry, mp3 players, or perishable food. These gifts are not expected, but always appreciated. Gifts from the sponsor must be given to the child by the Child Development Director. Failure to comply results in termination of the sponsorship.
Send all letters, pictures, and gifts to:
Attn: Riley Cowell
4 41 st Street South
Birmingham, AL 35222
Will I be able to talk to my sponsored child?
Sponsors will receive monthly updates through newsletters from Sozo Children’s Child Development Coordinator. Sponsors will also receive letters, pictures, crafts, and report cards throughout the year from their sponsored child. Sozo Children offers supervised Skype opportunities three times a year for all sponsors during the children’s holiday breaks (May, September, and December). You will receive an email letting you know when it is time to Skype. The schedule is made on a first come first serve basis. Each child’s individual availability varies based on their schedule, so please be patient as we try to accommodate a convenient time for both parties. Social media is prohibited for every Sozo child. If a Sozo child attempts to add or contact a sponsor through social media, it is the sponsor’s responsibility to report the incident to the Child Development Coordinator, Riley Cowell. If a sponsor is communicating with a Sozo child via social media, the sponsorship is terminated for the sponsor and for the child. These guidelines are in place to protect everyone involved.
What kind of school does my Sozo child go to?
Our children are in school year-round, and performance on standardized tests determines which school the kids go to. For more information, contact our Child Development Coordinator.
Can I visit my sponsored child?
Yes! We would love for you to visit your child! Trip information can be found on our website at www.sozochildren.org/trips.