Mission of Hope

Sponsorship FAQS

How do I give sponsorship funds?

A School of Hope Student sponsorship is $35 per month/per student, Village of Hope Orphan sponsorship is $50 per month up to $250 per month and Grace House Resident sponsorship is $50 per month up to $500 a month .

There are a few convenient options for giving sponsorship funds. We encourage sponsors to give electronically through our donation page.

If you desire to give by check, please mail your check to:
Mission of Hope, Haiti
P.O. Box 171500
Austin, TX 78717-1500

Please remember to include your student, orphan or resident’s full name and sponsorship number with your check. Additional information, such as the purpose of the gift (i.e. monthly sponsorship gift, Christmas fund, etc.), should be included to ensure proper handling.

How can I manage my sponsorships?

The best way to manage your sponsorship and donations is through a MyMOH account. You can follow this link to the MyMOH login page and create an account by creating a user name and password. Once saved, you can manage your payment information, see your donations, and manage your sponsorship by sending letters and/ or gifts to your student.

Does my sponsorship cover all of my student's school expenses?

The students and their families are asked to provide a small fee. Cost varies, but Mission of Hope believes that it is important that each family has an investment in their child’s education to help them best understand the value of education.

Can I send money directly to my sponsored student, orphan or resident and his or her family?

According to IRS regulations, Mission of Hope, Haiti cannot facilitate the exchange of money from one individual to another. Please do not send money to MOH to be delivered to your student, orphan or resident. The money will be placed in to a respective fund to support the School of Hope’s, Village of Hope’s or Grace House’ greatest needs..

Can I send correspondence to my sponsored student, orphan or resident? How and where do I send it?

Yes, we encourage correspondence. Your My MOH account is the best way to communicate with your student or send gifts. The letter writing link sends your letter directly to our translation team in Haiti for the fastest response, and gifts are purchased in Haiti to help support the economy.

If you would rather send a personal card, letter or gift, you can send it to our Austin office with your student’s name and number on the outside of the envelope. Gifts can be no larger than 1- 9×12” envelope and no food can be sent as they are stored until the next scheduled gift delivery to schools.

Can I send a gift to my sponsored student, orphan or resident? How and where do I send it?

Yes, we encourage correspondence. Your MyMOH account is the best way to communicate with your student or send gifts. The letter writing link under the My Sponsorships tab sends your letter directly to our translation team in Haiti for the fastest response.

Gifts purchased through the online store, via the Purchase A Gift link, under the My Sponsorships tab are bought in Haiti to help support the economy. Gifts are only sent 3 times a year, with 3 catalogs offering gifts or sets of gifts, which offers the most desired items. Some items offered are for the families collectively, like solar lamps, radios, and hygiene kits.

If you would rather send a personal card, letter or gift, you can send it to our Austin office with your student’s name and number on the outside of the envelope. Gifts can be no larger than 1- 9×12” envelope and no food can be sent as they are stored until the next scheduled gift delivery to schools.

What topics should I include and avoid in my letters?

Mission of Hope students, orphans and residents know that they are being sponsored and are very proud of their sponsorship. They love to hear from their sponsors. Be encouraging, tell them about you and your family, describe special holiday and family customs, include a Bible verse that has special meaning to you and tell them why, tell them that you are praying for them, and most importantly ask questions. Encourage your student, orphan or resident to write back and/or draw pictures for you.

Please be sensitive to their economic situation. Avoid discussing the material aspects of your life, sending photos that show your possessions, sharing your home address, email address, or telephone numbers, using colloquialisms and slang, and suggesting your student, orphan or resident come for a visit or promising to send them things.

Can I ask if my student, orphan or resident believes in Christ or is a Christian?

Yes! Mission of Hope is a Christ-centered, church-based ministry. However, a student does not have to be Christian to benefit from Mission of Hope’s Student Sponsorship Program. Each student hears the Gospel taught in school and goes to Chapel as a part of the weekly school schedule. But neither the students nor their families are obligated to become Christians. Your letters and questions offer another opportunity for your student to hear the Gospel and demonstrate faith in action.

How often should I write? How often will my student, orphan or resident write?

You may write to your sponsored student, orphan or resident as often as you like; however, with 17 schools we deliver to each school once a month while school is in session (October-June).

Your letters will initiate a response from your student, orphan or resident. It may take up to 3-4 months for you to receive a response from your student, depending on absences and holidays.

Can I send photographs to my student, orphan or resident?

Definitely! When you write your student, orphan or resident a letter online, you are given the opportunity to attach a photo. Please avoid sending pictures that may accentuate the economic differences between you and your student (e.g., homes, cars, etc.). Also please be aware of what is in the photo’s background. Pictures are very valuable in Haitian culture, and your student, orphan or resident will love to see who sponsors them!

Can I visit my student, orphan or resident?

Yes, you can schedule your visit, at least 8 weeks from your trip to Haiti, through your My MOH account. Student sponsorship visits cannot be scheduled during the summer months when school is out for vacation, June- September. This does not apply to orphan or resident sponsorship.

What can I expect when meeting my sponsored student, orphan or resident?

A translator will be present to aid with communication during your visit. Please do not provide your personal contact information to your student, orphan or resident. This request is for both the protection of the student, as well as yourself. If your student attends a school near the central MOH campus, it will require half of the day. If your student attends a school that is a considerable distance from the central MOH campus, it will require a full day of your trip schedule. Please know that the initial visit with your student, orphan or resident may be uncomfortable, but communication before arrival will help ease the tension.

Can I bring a gift with me when I visit my student?

Yes! Some suggestions for gifts include: pens, pencils, small sharpener, markers, paper, stickers, and bookmarks; backpack; hair ribbons/barrettes for girls, and baseball caps for boys; picture books, Creole Bible, coloring books and crayons; clothes, such as skirts, blouses, pants, shirts, and socks; or simple toys, such as a jump rope, jacks, marbles, toy cars, dolls, and a soccer ball/basketball with ball pump.

*All gifts must be approved by MOH staff before being given to the student. MOH reserves the right to decline any gift that we view as incompatible with the ministry mission and vision, inappropriate in the Haitian culture, and/or threaten the safety of the student in any way. Please do not give your student money. $1 USD is a lot of money to a Haitian student and could put them at risk when they return home to their village after school.

Can students at other orphanages come to the School of Hope?

Yes, however it is completely up to the director of the orphanage to enroll the students with the Government School Directory at the appropriate time.

What does it mean that my child is no longer attending?

Due to the transient and variable nature of the villages and families from which our students come, your student may no longer be able to attend school at some point during your sponsorship. If this situation occurs with your student, you will be notified by the Sponsorship Team as soon as possible, and you will be given the opportunity to sponsor another deserving student. Haiti is being transformed one student at a time, so we would encourage you to continue your support by choosing another student. We are happy to assist you in this process.

What if I met a student in the village that I would like to sponsor?

Mission of Hope is working to reach every man, woman, and student in Haiti. As a part of our vision to empower the Haitian people, it is the student and their family’s responsibility to register for school. Once a student is registered, they are part of our sponsorship program. We can check to see if a student is registered in our school and/or sponsored already. If the student is not registered, we encourage you to sponsor a student that is already registered in one of our MOH schools. By sponsoring a student that is already enrolled in our school, you are allowing us to lower registration fees, which allows more students to receive an MOH education.

What if I have other questions?

If you have additional questions about your student, orphan or resident sponsorship, please contact one of our Sponsorship Coordinators at (512) 256-0835 Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm CST or email sponsorship@mohhaiti.org.