IF I DECIDE TO SPONSOR...
What Types of Sponsorship Programs Are There?
The AMAA offers several different ways to sponsor someone. In Armenia, the AMAA offers:
- Sponsorship: the child receives cash donated from the sponsor;
- Day Center Sponsorship: the child participates in one of the AMAA's Day Centers where they go after school and are provided with food, fellowship, tutoring and activities;
- Education: the child receives support so they may attend the Avedisian School
- Adopt-A-Granny: an elderly woman receives food, fellowship and visits from the AMAA
- In the MIddle East, the AMAA offers Education Sponsorship, for needy students to attend one of the Armenian Evangelical Schools.
The AMAA also offers sponsorship of elderly women via the Adopt-a-Granny program, in which elderly women are provided with food, fellowship and visits from one of our social workers. Recently, the AMAA has begun to add men to this program.
What Is The Cost?
- Child Sponsorship in Armenia costs US $300 annually
- "Shogh" Day Center Sponsorship in Armenia costs US $300 annually.
- Education Sponsorship in Armenia costs US $500 annually.
- Adopt-a-Granny Sponsorship costs $250 annually.
- Education Sponsorship in the Middle East costs $300 annually (note: actual tuition is higher).
How Much Of A Sponsor’s Payment Actually Reaches The Child’s Family?
100% of a sponsor’s payment in the form of goods, services and cash reaches the sponsored child’s family. All administrative expenses are underwritten by the AMAA.
Can I Pay In Installments?
Yes. You may pay monthly, quarterly or in one lump sum.
Is My Payment Tax-Deductible?
Yes. Your payments are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Am I Obliged To Continue My Sponsorship Indefinitely?
No. You may terminate your sponsorship at any time simply by notifying the AMAA. However, commitment is appreciated.
Can I Choose The Child I Wish To Sponsor?
It depends. You can choose an unsponsored child directly from our website under the Sponsorship heading. Otherwise, you may state your preferences (age, gender, etc.), and we will take that into consideration when assigning a child to you. Please keep in mind that the pool of children awaiting sponsorship fluctuates. We will try to match as closely as we can among children available at the time of your request.
Do I Get Information About My Sponsored Child?
Yes. You will receive a recent photograph of the child, and information about the circumstances of the child and his/her family.
Why Does The AMAA Have A Child Sponsorship Program In Armenia?
Armenia has struggled much - a massive earthquake in 1988 and since independence in 1991, war with Azerbaijan over Karabagh, economic blockades, unemployment, inflation, and shortages of electricity and water. The AMAA’s response was prompt and effective to help Armenians survive. This program provides necessities of life and hope to the innocent victims...the children of Armenia.
What Does The Program Provide?
This program provides sponsored children and their families, if they have one, with cash - $75.00 every quarter. The money is directly deposited in their personal bank accounts created by the AMAA to avoid any mismanagement of the funds. In addition, we provide the following services to the children, if possible.
Christmas Gifts - Children participate in Christmas programs and receive gifts.
Summer Camps - Children attend Camp during the summer and/or Daily Vacation Bible School.
What Is The Success Rate Of The Program?
The program began with just 37 sponsored children from Gyumri. Over the years, as unemployment and inflation impoverished families, more children were put on the sponsorship list. As of January 2014, 1,356 children were sponsored. Unfortunately, children are the first and the defenseless victims of crisis. There are still over 60,000 needy children.
How Long Does A Child Remain In The Program?
A sponsored child remains in the program until age 16 or 17 or when he/she completes high school. A removed child is replaced with a new child from the waiting list. Exceptions may be made in special cases, such as a severely handicapped child.
Can I Write To My Sponsored Child?
Yes. You may write as often as you wish. Send your letters/cards to the AMAA for forwarding. Our office in Yerevan will translate them into Eastern Armenian and deliver them to your sponsored child’s home.
Can Two Or More Children In A Family Be Sponsored?
No. Only one child per family may be included in the sponsorship program. In this way the benefits of the program can reach more families.
Who Supports This Program?
Hundreds of donors, churches and other organizations including a major partner organization “Hope for Armenia” (based in France).
Can I Visit My Sponsored Child?
Yes, if you wish to do so and are traveling to Armenia. The AMAA office in Yerevan will be pleased to facilitate such a visit. We ask that you notify the AMAA headquarters in the United States in advance regarding your travel plans.