Sponsorship FAQ

Sponsor FAQ

About the Sun Child Sponsorship (SCS) Program

About the Sun Child Sponsorship (SCS) Program

Q: How do I become a sponsor?

There are several ways you can become a sponsor:

  1. Online: www.distressedchildren.org
  2. By E-mail: dci@distressedchildren.org
  3. By Telephone: Tel# 203-376-6351, Toll Free # 1-866-516-7495
  4. By Surface Mail: DCI, 50 Church Street, 5th Floor, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  5. In Person: At any DCI office or DCI information booths or state representative

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Q: Can I choose the child I sponsor?

Yes, if you pay for your sponsorship online (recurring monthly credit card payment) you can choose a child to sponsor on our website. If you pay for your sponsorship by mail, you can choose the gender of the child you’d like to sponsor and DCI will select a child for you. We plan to allow offline sponsors to choose their sponsored children in the near future but presently our system does not allow new sponsors to “reserve” a sponsorship while we wait for their sponsorship payment.

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Q: Will I receive information about my sponsored child?

Yes. You can find a brief biography and photo of your sponsored child online and you will receive 4 updates from your sponsored child each year: a report card showing the child’s grades and school attendance, a drawing for you from your sponsored child, and 2 photos showing the child’s daily life.

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Q: How can I connect with my sponsored child?

We offer opportunities to write a letter to your sponsored child or even meet them in person. Learn more about the different ways you can connect with your sponsored child.

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Q: Can I adopt my sponsored child?

No, sponsored children cannot be adopted, but you may consider them part of your extended family!

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Q: What happens to my sponsored child if I have to stop my sponsorship?

If you need to discontinue sponsorship, call us and we will cover your payments for 8 weeks. If you are still unable to pay we will do our best to find a new sponsor for the child so that the child’s progress can continue without interruption.

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Q: Where are the sponsorship sites located?

Currently sponsored children live in Bangladesh. The districts we operate in are Feni, Nilphamari, Patuakhali, Habiganj, and Dhaka.

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Q: What is the address of DCI’s office in Bangladesh?

DCI-Bangladesh/Rights & Sight for Children
House #167, Road #3, Mohammadi Housing Ltd., Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
Tel #01552460242, 01727264688
E-mail: dci@distressedchildren.org

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Q: How does DCI monitor the Sun Child Sponsorship Program?

DCI has a strong monitoring and evaluation system. DCI hires field officers and trains them to monitor the SCS program’s progress in the project area. The field officer keeps regular contact with the children, their families, their school, oversees overall progress and gives regular reports to Dhaka office. The field officer is closely supervised by the SCS Project Managers and Program Manager who work in the country office. DCI also has volunteer mentors in all the areas that it operates. The volunteer mentors monitor the disbursement of stipends as well as the education and healthcare of the children. The volunteer mentors report their observations and assessments regularly to the country office. The country office, in turn, has regular communication with the main office in the USA. DCI officials in USA and DCI advisory committee in Bangladesh assess the progress by regular onsite reviews & budget evaluations. DCI officials and volunteers in the USA also visit the supported areas in Bangladesh several times a year to check that things are being carried out according to commitments. Finally, audits of projects and office expenses are conducted by independent accounting firms in the US and Bangladesh.

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Q: How long of a commitment does sponsorship require, and what happens if I can’t continue my sponsorship?

There is a minimum of a one year commitment necessary to sponsor a child, but child sponsorship is intended to be an ongoing commitment that lasts until a child finishes his or her education, usually at least 16 years of age. After the minimum one year you can continue to sponsor as long as you like, but we encourage you to support the same child throughout their education for as long as you are able to. This will allow your sponsored child to continue their education and facilitate a supportive relationship. Once you choose to support a child, DCI is committed to that child’s uninterrupted development, so if you stop your support we will immediately look for a new sponsor.

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Q: If a full sponsorship is too much for me, can I co-sponsor a child with a group?

Yes, you can sponsor a child with your friends, co-workers, or organization. Many of our children have group sponsors. All that is required is for one person to act as the primary sponsor who will be responsible for making sponsorship payments and sharing sponsorship updates with their co-sponsors.

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