To enable you understand our Child Sponsorship Programme better, we have prepared our fact sheet - frequently asked questions that you would love to read.
Do you enforce your religious beliefs on the sponsored children?
We do a non-religious child sponsorship programme meaning that every needy child regardless of his/her religious beliefs has access to quality life.
Why didn’t you just run an orphanage?
Many organizations are moving away from institutionalizing children. It is becoming clearly evident that children raised in a loving and caring home are more productive than those raised in an institutional setup. We at Urunji believe this fact.
How much is my monthly commitment?
When you agree to sponsor a child, your commitment is just $1 a day – which is $30 a month. Of course you can decide to give more depending on the needs.
Can I make a one-time donation than a continuous sponsorship?
YES. We understand your desire to make a one-off donation. You can even show compassion by forgoing your birthday to support a child (even children) through the Urunji Child-Care trust Sponsorship Programme.
How does Urunji identify sponsored children?
We work at grassroots level. This makes it very easy for us to identify needy children. Our field staff visit their homes and together with grassroots structures
Who sponsors Urunji Child-Care Trust/Who are your donors?
We maintain financial reports and all our activities are transparent. However, many donors want to
remain only known to us. We only disclose our donors when they permit or ask us to do so.
Can I adopt a child instead of sponsoring them?
Unfortunately, Urunji Child-Care Trust does not run a child adoption programme. The aim of our sponsorship programme is to help children connect with their extended family if they are orphans and feel their sense of community belonging.
How do you ensure the child does not get ‘double sponsorship’?
We have heard that in some parts of the world, same children are sponsored by 2 or more organizations. Team Urunji has taken steps to ensure this does not happen. Working at grassroots level enables us to avoid double sponsorship. It also helps us to track progress at it unfolds.
How much money goes to administration?
We have worked hard to ensure that 100% of your money goes to the child. In 2015, Urunji Child-Care Trust opened a separate bank account for administration. This is helping us separate programme funds from administration funds.
Where do the children come from?
The children are from various villages in central Malawi. We are hoping to expand the programme to northern Malawi and beyond. When you sponsor a child, we will give you full information including GPS coordinates of the village the child comes from.
Why don’t you put photos of real children in rags and poverty?
We focus on the change that your support enables us to bring to desperate communities. When you post a photo of a critically ill AIDS patient, usually people will close that photo out of excessive empathy. When you show a photo of a healthy person with HIV, people will sit back, reflect and change their ways. We want to bring you stories of hope not of despair. That’s why we rarely post photos of the extremely poor children we support.
What should I do if the sponsored child or family tries to contact me directly?
We want to protect you both. If this happens, please inform our Sponsorship Department immediately by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +265111740184 and include as much details as possible.