Sponsorship Questions

How can I sponsor a child?

The easiest way to sign up for any kind of sponsorship is through Network for Good, our donation website at www.networkforgood.org, type in AHOPE for Children and register there. If that is not convenient for you, you can also establish a sponsorship the following ways:

  • Print a sponsorship form here and mail it along with your first payment to AHOPE for Children.
  • Mail the “sponsorship form” from an AHOPE for Children brochure.
  • Send a letter requesting sponsorship and first payment to AHOPE for Children.

Make checks payable to: AHOPE for Children

Please mail all correspondence to:
AHOPE for Children
104 Hume Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

If you have questions about sponsorship, please email us at admin@ahopeforchildren.org or call us at (703) 683-7500.

Please note: A minimum of six months is recommended for a sponsorship.

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

A suggested minimum donation of $35.00 a month or $420 a year can change a child’s life. It’s recommended a minimum of six months for sponsorship.

May I specify the child I wish to sponsor?

Yes, you are welcome to request a boy or girl and an approximate age. Due to the recent adoptions of many young children, there are far more children over the age of five in need of sponsors.

Will I receive a photo or updates on my sponsored child?

Yes! You will receive periodic updates and photos of your sponsored child.

May I send letters or gifts to my sponsored child?

Unfortunately letters and gifts cannot be sent to individual children.

Am I my child’s only sponsor?

No. The cost to care for a child at AHOPE Ethiopia exceeds $35.00 per month, thus the children have more than one sponsor.

Is my monthly sponsorship donation tax-deductible?

Yes, your sponsorship donation made to AHOPE for Children is tax-deductible.

Will I be sent a monthly reminder?

No, at this time we are unable to send monthly payment reminders. The best way to avoid missing a payment is to establish an automatic monthly payment via Network for Good. However, if you are over 60 days late we will send you a reminder.

How can I send my payment?

Payments for one or more months may be made via Network for Good. Click here to make a payment or sign up for auto payments at www.networkforgood.com.

Checks may be mailed to AHOPE for Children at:
AHOPE for Children
104 Hume Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

Who Do I contact if I have questions about sponsorship?

Please call us at (703) 683-7500 or email our office admin at admin@ahopeforchildren.org

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring a child at AHOPE Ethiopia. Sponsorship is essential to the care of the children and we are thankful for your partnership.

Adoption Questions

Can I adopt a child from Ahope?

AAI, CHSFS and Bethany Christian Services are currently the adoption agencies we work with on a frequent basis. But AHOPE is willing to work with most licensed reputable agencies is Addis Ababa who have experience with HIV+ adoptions.

Is the adopting of an HIV positive Ethiopian Orphan Possible?

HIV is now considered a manageable chronic disease and HIV+ Ethiopian orphans may be adopted by citizens of the United States and many other countries. A by-invitation-only confidential peer support group of families that have adopted, are in the process of adopting, or are considering adopting a child with HIV has been established. If you are seriously considering the adoption of a child with HIV and would like to receive an invitation to join the group, please contact the AHOPE for Children office at admin@ahopeforchildren.org or call us at (703) 683-7500.

General Questions

Is my donation tax deductible?

AHOPE for Children is a non-profit corporation under section 501(c) 3 of the United States Internal Revenue Code, FEIN#46-096846. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

I would like to give a donation in memory of a loved one / In hour of a special event such as a wedding or birthday / as a meaningful holiday gift. How do I do that?

We can send acknowledgements, greetings or whatever is appropriate. A beautiful “a donation has been made in honor of” card is available, suitable for all occasions for a minimum donation of $25.00. More information is available in the “make a donation” page of this site.

Click here to make a donation in honor of a loved one.

Are Ahope Ethiopia and Ahope for Children the same organization?

No, AHOPE Ethiopia is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) administered locally by Ethiopians. AHOPE for Children is a United States charity licensed by the State of Washington. The main purpose of AHOPE for Children at this time is to provide funding for AHOPE Ethiopia.

May I donate supplies and what supplies are needed?

Ethiopia is a land-locked country so shipping is expensive. And once the goods reach a port, the shipped items are difficult to transport. At present, all supplies that are sent to AHOPE Ethiopia travel in the luggage of staff or friends. We keep an updated list of the most urgently needed items. When we have supplies that need to go to Ethiopia, we find people who are traveling there who are willing to create some space in their luggage. Also, if we know that someone is heading to Addis and is willing to take a few extra pounds of goods, we certainly find the supplies to give them.

To donate supplies click “here” to get our latest needed supplies list or, contact us at supplies@ahopeforchildren.org.

Are there volunteer opportunities at AHOPE Ethiopia?

Volunteer workers are welcome. A minimum six week volunteer stay is required with exceptions for persons with particular skills, mainly medical professionals. Persons with teaching, social work and nursing backgrounds are especially needed, but there are all kinds of skills that are welcome. For more information and application packet, contact our director of volunteers, Jane Clausen at ethiopiavolunteer@ahopeforchildren.org or call our offices in Virginia.

Are visitors allowed at AHOPE Ethiopia?

Visitors are welcome at AHOPE Ethiopia. If you would like to include a visit to any of the AHOPE projects as part of your Ethiopian trip, contact the AHOPE for Children office at (703) 683-7500 for information on how to set up a visit.

Are the antiretroviral medications available to the HIV positive children at the AHOPE Ethiopia Children’s Home?

Beginning in September, 2005, antiretroviral medications have been available to the children of AHOPE through the PEPFAR program started by President George W. Bush. World Wide Orphan Foundation overseas the program and the Barlow Clinic in Addis provides the medication. In addition, AHOPE Ethiopia has a pediatrician and nurses on staff to monitor the day-to-day health issues of the children.

How can I send my payment?

Please send all payments to:
AHOPE for Children
104 Hume Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

You can also make payments online via Network for Good at www.networkforgood.org.

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