How much is taken from donations and child sponsorship for administration?
How do I know my money gets there?
How much do AHI staff get paid?
What happens to my child sponsorship money?
Why must my letters to my sponsored child not show my address and be checked in the HOPE Office or by the partner's office before given to the child?
Can I email or Facebook my sponsored child or widow?
5% from all sponsorship and project donations is used for administration and 95% is transferred to our partners overseas for use entirely on the HOPE projects.
AHI produces audited statements annually, and full statements are published on our website. We also offer to provide letters from beneficiaries and photos as relevant for donors and sponsors. The CEO Bill Osborne visits all projects at least annually for observing accountability is always practiced.
Australian staff, except 2 female 1/2 time staff, are volunteers including the CEO. African partners and HOPE School teachers are paid from our office from donations and fundraising. We pay qualified teachers in Africa $150 AUD a month which is the average salary for Uganda.
Approximately 10% of sponsorship goes to the child's parent or guardian for meeting essential basic needs, like clothes, uniform, shoes, toothbrush, soap, school books and a mattress. Around 90% is used for funding a HOPE School development project so we can provide a good class environment and education for the child.
Some unscrupulous individuals can target sponsored children and they can impersonate the sponsored child and ask for money, material things or medical care in the hope of getting money. Occasionally the child is threatened to write letters by abusive adults for similar reasons.
You can, but we strongly discourage it because it takes accountability and transparency out of our control. Again, both email and Facebook are easily impersonated. Some children and sponsors are approved for internet contact by arrangement because of the age and knowledge we have of them. Nearly 100 % of HOPE sponsored children do not have electricity or computers except occasionally at some schools.