We wanted to share with you and celebrate what your sponsorship dollars accomplish each month and where sponsorship fits in our larger strategy of caring for the children of Rwanda. We also want to share about some recent changes to our sponsorship program. Please keep reading for details, and email us or call us at 503.906.1590 or toll free at 1.866.979.0393 with any questions. Thank you!
Africa New Life is proud to be able to provide this holistic and tangible care, and grateful for the part you play! Your monthly sponsorship pledge provides some of the pieces, while we raise money separately to cover community development, provide advanced medical care, build churches, and so on.
*Higher sponsorship rates include more than the above items.
Some of you who have been with Africa New Life for some time may notice a difference in the distribution of sponsorship funds shown above. That’s because, just like here in the US, costs in Rwanda continue to rise.
Uniforms and school materials, medical care, Center Days, and annual camps now take up more of our annual sponsorship expenditure because of increased costs associated with them. Tuition rates have also gone up.
Two recent changes in Rwandan law have led to a shift in how your sponsorship dollars work. The first change is in regard to medical insurance. The Rwandan government is now moving toward providing preventive insurance for the poorest families and will cover the majority of the children we work with. Rather than us providing insurance for each sponsored child, therefore, Africa New Life has committed to filling in the gaps outside of government-sponsored insurance by equipping our nurses in each community to serve broader medical needs and using a pool of sponsorship medical funds to pay for medical services not covered by insurance.
The second change comes as a result of new laws designed to protect the Rwandan economy and grow the nation’s manufacturing sector. The tariff on imported used shoes has increased to 25 times what it was ($5.00/kg from $0.20/kg) in a regional and national effort to encourage the local textile economy to grow.1 To ensure that we continue to focus on our highest priorities—education and knowledge of Christ for each child—we are removing the cost of shoes from your monthly scholarship pledge. This shift allows us to cover increasing tuition and other education-related costs and to focus on the holistic care we already provide students.
If you would like to bless your child and their parents beyond your monthly pledge, consider giving the gift of new shoes to your child through our online store! Our Rwanda staff feels that in most cases parents can provide shoes for their children when tuition and other costs are covered through sponsorship, but if you choose to buy shoes through the online store, you free families to save the money they may have spent on shoes and put it toward other needs.
If you know children, you know that they out-grow their shoes quickly! We encourage you to buy your student shoes for their birthday each year. To make this easier, we will send a yearly email reminder of your child’s upcoming birthday with a direct link to our online store.
Have questions about this update? Visit our Q&A page here. We consistently review the programs and ministries of Africa New Life and are committed to keeping you updated on important changes. Please email us or call us at any time with questions about the online store, shoes, medical assistance, or other sponsorship matters at 503.906.1590 or toll free at 1.866.979.0393.