Where We Serve > Grace Emmanuel School > Student Sponsorship > Frequently Asked Questions
You can update your giving information in 1 of 3 ways:
1. Submit the online sponsorship form using your new payment information. We will delete the old payment information from your account.
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for login information to view your account information and update online.
3. Call 260-302-5446 to update your account information over the phone.
Sponsorship funds help cover the basic operating costs of Grace Emmanuel School. This includes expenses such as books and exams; food for lunches; fuel and maintenance for the school bus; the salaries of teachers, cooks, the bus driver, and security guards; and property maintenance. Currently, sponsorship fees cover about half of the total operating cost of Grace Emmanuel School.
Yes—a registration fee of less than $10 USD for the entire year, plus the cost of the student’s uniform. Completely free schools are not respected in Haiti, and we have found that our families value the education their children receive at Grace Emmanuel School more because they have a part in it. There are still a handful of students every year who cannot afford this enrollment fee, and we waive the fee for those students. We also provide help for students whose families cannot afford the cost of a uniform.
Every student will be given two opportunities during the school year to write to their sponsor. If you sponsor a younger student, these letters will be written by the student’s teacher or another adult.
When you write to your student, the student will write a response letter to you. Please allow several months for these replies due to translation and only having mail delivery once per month in Haiti.
You will also receive an updated photo every fall. We hope through this communication you will be able to see the growth of your student and understand the impact of your sponsorship.
We encourage you to send a letter to your student by either printing the letter template and mailing it to the address listed or submitting a letter online. Feel free to include a photograph of yourself and your family. Your student will be encouraged by receiving your letters and knowing you care. Write often and plan for one to two months for delivery of your letter.
Yes! Jesus in Haiti Ministries invites you to come to Haiti, meet your student, and see for yourself what God is doing in the lives of the Haitian people. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact us at email@example.com for more details.
You may continue your sponsorship until your student completes his or her education. In Haiti, this is after 13th grade. At a minimum, we ask you make a one year commitment to your student.
Sometimes students move away or leave school for many reasons. If this should happen, we will inform you as soon as possible and ask to place you with another student who is waiting to be sponsored.
Many of our students have little to no support at home, making it difficult for them to study outside the classroom and then meet standards for their grade level. If your student is repeating a grade, be sure to pray and send letters of encouragement. If struggling students aren’t held back, when the government begins to test them in 6th grade, they can shut down the school for sending unprepared students to the exam.
We would love for you to bless your student with a gift. However, due to the high cost of transporting packages from the US to Haiti, we have found it is more cost effective for JiHM staff to purchase the gifts in Haiti on your behalf. We offer two opportunities to give gifts:
To give a gift for your student’s birthday, give at least one month in advance of his/her birthday.
To give a gift for Christmas, we ask that you make a special donation of $20 for your student before November 15.
We understand financial situations may change. If you can no longer meet your financial commitment to your student, please email us promptly at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can quickly seek another sponsor for your student. JiHM relies on faithful giving to meet the school’s budget each month.