Yes! Your godchild will love to hear from you and will reply to each letter that you write!
We strongly encourage letter writing because it helps create a special loving relationship between you and your godchild. To send a card or letter, simply place it in an unsealed envelope and mark it with your child's full name, your child's country and your name (please do not include your address). Then place the unsealed envelope and its contents into another envelope and mail it to your local fundraising office coordinating your correspondence. NOTE: Be sure your letter or card will fit into a 7×10-inch mailing envelope. If you wish to write your letters in the language that your godchild uses, feel free to do so. The children in Mexico and Central America speak Spanish and the children in Haiti speak Creole or French. Email is coming in 2021. We will be notifying all sponsors of this feature once it is running.
Small gifts such as stickers, drawings, photos of your family, cards, coloring books or small monetary gifts may be sent to your Godchild through our office. Please make sure whatever you send is flat and fits into a 10"x12" envelope. Packages are subject to high import taxes and unfortunately are not practical. We encourage godparents to provide their sponsored children with the greatest gift of all - love!
Gifts to the Sharing Fund provide the little extra things that make childhood special. The money is used to give each child a personal gift on his or her birthday and at Christmas. NPH also uses money from this fund to pay for fun and recreational activities, such as excursions to the zoo or the circus, or to buy ice cream or treats for all of the children. The Sharing Fund provides the children with an opportunity to practice sharing with their brothers and sisters, one of the core values of NPH. It prevents the inequity that arises when one child receives gifts from Godparents and another receives none. Please contact your local fundraising office to donate to the sharing fund.
Godparents are always welcome to visit their godchildren! If you would like to visit your godchild, please contact your local fundraising office , which will notify the home of your plans. This way, the staff can be certain that your godchild will be available to meet you. Your godchild will not be allowed to stay with you overnight, but depending on his age, you may make arrangements to take him into the city or to spend the day at the orphanage with him.
A child needs daily love and encouragement. As a godparent, you become an important part of a child's emotional growth. Your financial support enables the NPH home to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other provisions for all of the children of NPH, while giving you the unique opportunity to develop a special relationship with your godchild. As long as your godchild remains under the care of Fr. Wasson's family, he or she will benefit from your support. Whether in elementary school, University, trade school or in a year-of-service, your godchild is still supported by the NPH family, which includes generous people like you!
No. To raise a child is more expensive then just one Godparent's contribution. Therefore the children may also have Godparents in other countries.
Your financial support provides for the care of all the children including food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education and now that support extends into the family unit if compliance to child welfare rules are followed. The financial support of godparents enables the NPH home to provide basic necessities for all of the NPH children, while giving godparents the unique opportunity to develop a special relationship with a specific child.
The children write back to their godparents in scheduled classroom events every month. Postal services in the Latin American countries are sometimes very slow and it can take up to two weeks before a letter arrives. It may take one to three months before you receive an answer, especially during this time of COVID.
You will receive mail from your child at Christmastime and for Godparent's Day. In addition, every letter, gift or card you send is always being answered.