Sponsors are a vital part of the functioning of Mercy Touch Mission International. A potential sponsor may choose a child that they would like to sponsor, or a child can be recommended to them by Mercy Touch management. As a new sponsor, one receives a brochure introducing them to their newest family member. Updates regarding the children are sent to sponsors semi-annually.
Cost and Payment Options: Sponsoring a child costs $40 a month or $480 a year. This cost covers school fees, uniforms, clothing, and food.
We accept monthly payment methods by either automatic withdrawal (a void cheque is required), Visa/MasterCard by CanadaHelps, or cheques in monthly or postdated installments.
Correspondence: You may correspond with your child by e-mail (screened through the Mercy Touch office) or by written mail. Keep in mind that ground mail has a tendency to be pilfered. As there are frequent trips being made to Zambia by staff or supporters of Mercy Touch, letters can also be transported in this way. Christmas, birthday, and other gifts sent throughout the year are always appreciated by your sponsored child.
Can someone sponsor more than one child? Yes, you may sponsor more than one child.
How are children chosen as eligible for sponsorship? Children are selected through various programs operating in the community. In the past, children have been chosen from the Chiwala and Mackenzie feeding programs that were run through Mercy Touch. Since Mercy Touch Mission International is officially recognized by the city of Ndola, children are being referred to us by civic agencies. Other children have also been chosen through recommendations by local child welfare programs. Many children are also identified as they attend the weekly feeding program.
Can a child sponsor send gifts? Small gifts are always welcomed, however due to pilfering of ground mail we request that all gifts be sent directly to the Mercy Touch head office. From there they can be transported by missionaries to the homes on a semi-annual basis. All gifts and packages must be screened and checked at the Mercy Touch office for safety and clearance reasons prior to being sent overseas.
Can a sponsor visit their sponsored child? A visit can be a very special experience for both the sponsor and sponsored child. However, it is necessary to contact the Mercy Touch office in advance to coordinate the visit and establish rules and expectations.