The Salvation Army Sponsorship Programme has been a well-established and important aspect of The Salvation Army’s international ministry to those less fortunate around the globe for many years.
One of the best ways you can create long-lasting community change is through monthly giving. By sponsorship of a child-focussed programme, you not only provide a community in need with generous support, but you're also able to see your donations make a difference by knowing a child you support grows up educated, healthy, and happy.
The Salvation Army Sponsorship Programme has been a well-established and important aspect of The Salvation Army’s international ministry to children less fortunate around the globe for many years. The New Zealand Territory has children focussed sponsorship in 17 countries, including our own Fiji & Tonga.
While the Salvation Army has moved away from the individual sponsorship model, it remains child-focused. Sponsorship is now more equitable so no child in our centres or programmes that we support is left out. We want to ensure the financial resources gifted make the greatest and most sustainable change for the children, and the wider community.
The Salvation Army Sponsorship Programme is cost-effective sponsorship with 94% of your financial contribution sent directly to where the need is. The remaining 6% is kept in New Zealand for administration costs. Sponsorship provides financial support that enables children to receive education, food, clothing and medical support.
We encourage sponsorship for a minimum of 3 years, and are blessed with people who have been sponsoring for many, many years. Children take time to grow and it takes time to make sustainable change, however, we do accept one-off donations.
Our sponsorship is $360.00 a year and you can decide the frequency and a method of payment that works best for you. You can sponsor individually, as a family or as a group. We currently have sponsorship in 17 countries around the world.
The emotional support The Salvation Army offers is also essential to children who are neglected because of poverty or who come from backgrounds of neglect. The environment we create is a nurturing one that gives children a new look on life. Our material support encourages this new outlook on life by providing warm clothing, food or school supplies.
Children of the world are a vulnerable group, and they need adults to help them during their formative years. Some are orphans, have disabilities or victims of fractured families, missing the security and shelter of a home that has the resources to adequately provide for their needs.
Many children miss the opportunity to attend school. The Salvation Army works with some of the most vulnerable and families who live in extreme poverty and does its’ part to make sure children can have a brighter future and to work where possible with their families to make sure families can provide food, security and education. These, along with health care, form the basis of the essential assistance that we provide through our sponsorship programme.
While the changes to the model of sponsorship might have changed, the children’s needs have not.
Lt. Colonel Milton Collins
Territorial Overseas Development Officer/Territorial Child Sponsorship Secretary
Phone: (04) 802 6269