Sponsorship FAQ’s

What is Child Sponsorship and what does is entail?

Child sponsorship is and opportunity to connect with a child and/or family on a personal, spiritual and financial level. You get to walk alongside them as they work through life’s triumphs, battles, and fight for a clearer vision of their God-given potential.

Sponsorship of a child connects you with a child physically and spiritually.  As you give monthly, we also ask they you pray for your child and their family.

Sponsorship begins at $25 a month.  (However there are more levels of sponsorship).  Your monthly support will help Open Arms continue to provide the children with nourishment and medical assistance for physical health, as well as educational and psychological help, and biblical training to children without removing them from a family environment.

What are the levels of sponsorship you provide?

It takes about $200 a month for each child to be in our program. So, in true “open arms” fashion we have three levels of sponsorship:

1. Snuggler for $25 a month.

2. Cuddler for $100 a month.

3. Bear-Hugger for $200 a month. (This is the minimum amount we need for each child.)

If you would like you can also donate any other amount on a monthly basis, as well, for your sponsorship.

What is the best way to give my sponsorship support?

The best way is to sign up for a recurring donation, is through our subscription button on our website on the sponsor a child page here. Or you can email info@openarmsmexico.org and we can provide you with a form to fill out where you can use your debit or credit card.  Additionally, we still have many people mail in a check each month or year for their support. You can also add us to Bill Pay through your online banking. Whatever is the most convenient for you.

Do I have to sign up with Paypal on your site?

No you do not. On our website, the merchant provider we have is PayPal, as they are the cheapest to use and takes only a minimal amount out of every purchase. However, when signing up on the website, after you click the yellow subscription button, there is a place at the bottom of the page that says, “No PayPal account? Pay using your debit or credit card.”

Or fill out this form, and email to us or send it to PO Box 6605, Chula Vista, CA 91909.

What specific benefits does a child receive through sponsorship?

Your sponsorship provides your child with:

-A refuge during the day, keeping them off the streets

– The chance to go home to their family every evening

– An alternative to living in an orphanage

– Two hot meals and two snacks daily

– Transportation to and from school

– The opportunity and resources to get an education

– On-site homework help and tutoring for students and early education for 0-4 years old

– School uniform and supplies

– Support from a Christian psychologist

– Regular medical and dental treatment

– Clothes and shoes

– A birthday celebration each year

– Bible training

– Lots of love and so much more!

How involved can I be with my sponsor child?

By becoming a sponsor at OA, you become a spiritual parent; we ask that you pray for your child every day. Your sponsorship will also help a child feel loved. The children are so grateful to know that someone cares for them. You are welcome to come visit your child: get to know them, hug them, and play with them. With our sponsorship program, you can actually reach out and touch the child you sponsor. Ultimately, it’s you who help keep families together and prevent the abandonment of children! Our sponsorship program helps with the day-to-day expenses of caring for these children, and every dollar that comes to us through this program directly benefits the kids. We are able to give them the best care possible by providing a home away from home.

How long will I be able to sponsor the same child?

Sponsorship is a long-term commitment.  You can sponsor a child for as long as you would like. We encourage you to sponsor your child for at least their thirteenth birthday and/or graduate elementary  school. However, you can continue your sponsorship even if they graduate out of the daycare program.

Once a child goes into junior high, by Mexican government law they can no longer attend the daycare. However, we rent a room right next to the daycare, we call “The Cave”. This is our Jr. High Program. Your sponsorship helps us keep this open for the youth, after they grow up at the daycare. In this program, each student will be lead through a devotional, homework help and tutoring and community service.  Your sponsorship will also go towards their education, as they need uniform, school supplies, backpacks, and tuition. Tuition for school is not free in Mexico. These youth will also be encouraged to attend High Voltage, our youth center.

The goal of sponsorship is to help break the cycle of poverty so children and families can step into their future with a new-found hope. When the goal of sustainability is met, Open Arms is able to move on to serve other children in great need. This is a time of celebration!

If for any reason circumstances change and your child is no longer available for sponsorship, OA will notify you immediately.

Is each child restricted to only one sponsor?

No. Each child is able to have as many sponsors as they are blessed with.  We look for at least eight sponsors that give $25 a month or a total of $200 a month. We need a minimum of $200 to care for the child adequately in our program. If a child receives more than the $200 a month necessary for their needs,  the funds are dispersed evenly to the other children who do not have enough support. However, the sponsor child you choose will be the child you will receive letters, pictures, and small gifts of appreciation from. The bond you form will be one that no amount of money can buy!

All sponsorship donations goes into our program fund so all children are helped evenly.

Can I write to my sponsored child?

Absolutely! Being a child sponsor is about more than just sending a monthly donation. Exchanging letters or cards is a great way to deepen the relationship with your sponsored child. Visit the “SEND A LETTER” page for writing tips, topics, and precautions.

Can I send gifts to my sponsored child?

Yes! Please send an age appropriate gift for your child. If an 8 year old girl in the USA likes frozen and a 10 year old boy likes soccer, our kids do too! But practical gifts are always best. For example, clothes, shoes, and school supplies! Please no play guns, swords or knives, or anything with skulls on it please (this includes clothing.)

We also encourage you to please send a birthday and Christmas gift to your child. If you would rather have us pick something out for them, please make a donation and designate it to your child for his birthday or Christmas, and we will pick something up that he/she needs,

Do my sponsorship gifts actually reach the child for which they are intended?

Yes. Open Arms prides ourselves in maintaining a strong relationship between a child and their sponsor. Simply because without you and God’s never ending faith and love, none of this would be possible. When we receive a gift from a sponsor, we pull the child aside to share the gift(s) that were sent with them. As well as translating any cards or letters (if needed) for them to understand.

Can I visit my sponsor child? How?

Play your part in helping to prevent the brokenness these families suffer. Plan a trip to come serve at the daycare, teen center, medical/dental clinic, and church! Bring your junior high, high school, men’s, women’s, or young adults group, your family, or members from your church, to Mexico. Here you can bless the Mexican people and in turn be blessed by being servants of the Lord. Come with friends or come by yourself; there is plenty to do and lots of children to hug! Mission groups help our longevity in Mexico. Consider bringing a group down soon!

We can host groups of all sizes, and we will try our best to accommodate the dates you request, so please schedule your group trip as soon as possible. Please check out our Missions and Service Trips page for current pricing and details. There you’ll also find our updated Missions Packet with options to serve our campus in La Mision and our new site in Camalu!

Please email info@openarmsmexico.org for any info or bookings of mission’s trips.