What you NEED to know about ACN child Sponsorship Program.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME TO SPONSOR A CHILD?

CAN I SEND A GIFT TO MY SPONSORED CHILD?

Child sponsorship through ACN starts at $50 a month, or about $1.05cents a day

We would be happy to forward a small token of friendship to your sponsored child! When choosing your gift, please keep in mind that it must be approximately 4 x 6 inches and be relatively flat, to ensure efficiency through customs.

A few simple gifts we recommend include:
Photos, postcards, stickers
Pens, paper, small bags, bookmarks, pocket calculators
Maps, booklets, coloring pages, crayons
Deflated balloons or balls (they can be inflated at the field office)

Due to international guidelines and cultural differences, gifts we are unable to forward are:
Money and gifts that can be converted into cash
Jewelry, watches, hair accessories
Fragile or sharp gifts such as a pair of scissors, a compass, thermometer, etc.
Skin and hair care products (soap, make-up, etc.)
Food and plants
Liquids (paint, bubbles)
Clothing (including hats, gloves, socks, etc.)

Just like mailing a letter, you can send your gift to:

Africa Compassion Network, Inc.
1796 Vyse Avenue, #S.24
Bronx, New York -  10460


We ask that you attach your sponsor number and sponsored child’s number to your gift to ensure that it arrives without delay!

HOW ARE MY SPONSORSHIP DONATIONS USED?

Your sponsorship donations will ensure that the child supported receives the following:

*A high standard of education at a local school in partnership with the  Africa Compassion Network's Education Programme.
Aftercare support every afternoon, after school (inc. extra tuition/student mentoring).

*All necessary school clothing and equipment.
Transportation to and from school.
Additional student care and support, including counselling when necessary.

In return, we will keep your regularly updated on the child's progress by sending school reports, photo albums, email correspondence and updates through the Africa Compassion Network's Children's Blog.

WHY SHOULD I SPONSOR WITH ACN?

Our level of community engagement, long-term outlook, and constant focus on the needs and priorities of children brings about positive and lasting changes in the lives of children in Africa and communities in a strategic and accountable way. 

HOW LONG WILL MY SPONSORSHIP LAST?

Sponsorship is ongoing, or until your sponsored child graduates from our program on or shortly after his or her 18th birthday. In some cases, other circumstances may cause your sponsorship with a particular child to end sooner than anticipated. If such a situation occurs, we will contact you as soon as possible to transfer your sponsorship to another child. Below is an overview of some reasons why your sponsorship may end earlier than you expected:
Phase out: ACN's involvement in your sponsored child’s community may reach completion. When it’s clear that a community can manage its own development without our help, we gradually phase out our participation. This is a cause for celebration, because it means our partnership has been a success!

Security: Occasionally, if the situation in a country or community puts our staff at risk (in cases of war or disease outbreak for example), or if our presence in a community puts its inhabitants in danger, we may close operations and withdraw ahead of schedule.

Relocation/Migration: The child you sponsor and his or her family may move away from the region where ACN operates, which means they can no longer participate in the sponsorship program.

CAN I VISIT MY SPONSORED CHILD?

Yes indeed! In addition to writing to your sponsored child, we encourage sponsors to consider a trip to visit their sponsored child's community. It's a life-changing experience to meet your sponsored child and his or her family, and you will be able to see first-hand the impact of our partnership. Contact us to plan a visit.

WHAT IS ACN CHILD PROTECTION POLICY?

Africa Compassion Network (ACN) is committed to actively safeguarding children from harm and to ensuring that children’s rights to protection are fully realized. We take seriously our responsibility to promote child-safe practices and to protect children from harm, abuse, neglect, and exploitation in any form.

In addition, we will take positive action to prevent child abusers from becoming involved with ACN in any way and will take stringent measures against any Plan staff, Board members, volunteers, interns, sponsors, consultants, contractors, vendors, advisers, official guests of Plan, representatives of partner organizations, local governments, and visitors to Plan offices and programs (hereafter referred to as Africa Compassion Network's Associates) who abuse a child. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) provides the foundation for ACN's work both locally and internationally, and our decisions and actions in response to child protection concerns will be guided by the principle of “the best interests of the child.”

AS A CHILD SPONSOR WHAT DO I RECEIVE?

As an ACN sponsor, you can expect:
*A welcome package in the mail in about two weeks that includes:
Photos of, and information about, your sponsored child and his or her family
Information on your sponsored child’s community

*The opportunity to exchange letters:
If you write a letter to your sponsored child, he or she will write back! Letter writing is a great way for you to get to know your sponsored child and see the world through his or her eyes.

*An annual update on your sponsored child, as well as the progress sponsorship communities are making because of your support!

*An annual tax receipt

CAN I WRITE TO MY SPONSORED CHILD?

Writing a letter is the best way to learn more about your sponsored child! Through the sharing of letters, cards, and photographs, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of each other’s world’s and perspectives. 
Getting started is easy! To send your sponsored child an email or postcard, just sign into your My ACN account, and click on your sponsored child.
You can also send a hand-written letter! Just choose from and print out our map or postcard stationery! Mail your letter to:

Africa Compassion Network, Inc.
1796 Vyse Avenue, #S.24
Bronx, New York -  10460

You may send photos and cards, but please be sure to attach them to each other using a paperclip. Remember to apply a pre-printed label on each piece you would like to send.

For more questions and information about sponsoring a child in Africa, our dedicated donor team is available to answer any question you have. Please call or email us at:
+1347-859-3385
Email: info@acn.ngo

Please download our sponsorship form here, fill it out and email to: info@acn.ngo
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Africa Compassion Network, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, so your monthly sponsorship donations are Tax deductible to the full extent permitted by  Federal Law of IRS.