If you sponsor a child in Rwanda we encourage you to correspond with them by sending letters and gifts throughout the year! Your child LOVES receiving letters from you and gifts are a blessing to their entire family. Here are our recommendations on sending letters and gifts:

1. Send letters directly to your child in Rwanda with this mailing format:

Child Name, Child Ref. Number     (e.g. Shyaka Fred, KGL02090)
Africa New Life Ministries
PO Box 3351
Kigali
RWANDA                    (must be capitalized and on separate line)

Make sure your child’s name and number are on the envelope. For the return address, please use your church or Africa New Life’s address (7405 SW Tech Center Dr. #144, Portland, OR 97223).

2. Ordering through Africa New Life’s online store is the easiest way to send your child a gift

Click Here to Visit the Online Store

The Online Store is the quickest way to send your child a gift and your purchase bolsters the economy of Rwanda since all gifts are purchased locally.

All items for sale in the store are selected by our staff in Rwanda as something each child needs or could use. If you are unsure of what to order, do not hesitate to ask your child what they need in a letter.

If you prefer to send a gift without ordering online, you can call the Africa New Life office (toll free 866.979.0393) to get a list of items available to order, an order form and provide a check or credit card for the transaction.

3. You may send packages directly to your child using the same Rwandan address above.

However we strongly encourage all gifts be purchased through our online store. This provides much needed gifts for your child and their family. The online store also supports the Rwandan economy since all gifts are purchased locally.

If you still wish to send a gift to your child through the international mailing service please use the following guidelines:

  • Please do not send anything valuable. Keep it small and very simple.
  • Please make sure the value of the entire package is under $50 and is listed as such on the customs form. To receive packages, our Rwandan staff pay heavy tax for items imported with a value over $50.
  • Keep in mind that shipping internationally is very expensive and is not guaranteed. Africa New Life Ministries does not control the postal service and cannot guarantee the delivery of your gifts sent from the U.S.
  • Please do not send any candy to your sponsored child. They lack the dental care we enjoy here, and candy can cause significant dental issues for them.

If you would like to send a personal gift without shipping it, we encourage you to bring it with you on a team trip or to send it to Rwanda with a friend or church member you know is going.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY TO YOUR CHILD

Africa New Life can no longer send money to your child, nor can we exchange money sent in letters to your child in Rwanda. This is due to a Rwandan government request and logistical challenges. Checks sent to the U.S. office for a gift for a sponsored child will be designated to items available online that best correspond with the amount given (unless an order form is included). Checks or cash sent in letters to Rwanda will be sent back to the sponsor.

Thank you for your heart to bless your sponsored child and for working with Africa New Life to do this in a way that will best benefit your child.

Correspondence FAQ

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No. Africa New Life requests that sponsors only communicate with their child through our approved processes of communication. Please do not connect with your child through social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Without the proper oversight, children, their friends or their family members could use the relationship with a sponsor for personal gain. Additionally, children sign a communication agreement when first registered in the program and face serious consequences if they fail to adhere to this agreement.

That depends on its size and weight. You can check online using the USPS Postal Price Calculator or by visiting your local post office. You can also use a Global Forever® stamp to mail postcards or 1 oz letters, but you’ll need to ensure that your letter doesn’t exceed the maximum length, height, or thickness. Click here for additional information on the dimensions and weight for First-Class Mail International Letters.

We encourage you to write letters to your child and ask direct questions. If you have an urgent question, you may email your question to children@africanewlife.org.

Sponsored children write letters at Center Day in their community. Each sponsored child writes at least two letters per year, but will write more often if you send them more letters!

It generally takes 5-8 weeks for a letter or gift to reach your sponsored child in Rwanda due to the speed of the postal service and coordinating giving a gift to your child on the ground in Rwanda.

It takes a month or so for your child to receive their online gift; gift distribution generally happens at Center Days, which take place once a month in each community. However, for children attending boarding school it may take 2-3 months for the child to have the opportunity to come to a Center Day to receive their gift. Livestock gifts, such as cows or goats, may take longer depending on the family’s ability to house the animal and where it is being transported from.

We strongly encourage all gifts be purchased through our Online Store. This provides the most needed gifts for your child and their family. The online store also supports the Rwandan economy since all gifts are purchased locally. If you still wish to send a gift to your child through the international mailing service please use the following guidelines:
  • Please do not send anything valuable. Keep it small and very simple.
  • Please make sure the value of the entire package is under $50 and is listed as such on the customs form. To receive packages, our Rwandan staff pay heavy tax for items imported with a value over $50.
  • Keep in mind that shipping internationally is very expensive and is not guaranteed. Africa New Life Ministries does not control the postal service and cannot guarantee the delivery of your gifts sent from the U.S.

Please do not send any candy to your sponsored child. They lack the dental care we enjoy here, and candy can cause significant dental issues for them. Please send non-edible gifts for them to enjoy! Here are some ideas: stickers/sticker books, photos/photo albums, school supplies, coloring/activity books, tennis ball, jump rope. What fits in a gallon-size bag is an appropriate quantity and size of gifts for a child in Rwanda.


Yes. Depending on availability you can join one of the many team trips to Rwanda throughout the year. Trips to Rwanda cost $1,350 plus airfare per person for an 8 day, 8 night stay with Africa New Life. Email missions@africanewlife.org to express your interest in going to Rwanda. Click here to visit our Team Trip page.