FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is World Help?
A: World Help is a faith-based humanitarian organization that exists to serve the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. We are dedicated to providing help for today and hope for tomorrow.
Q: What is your statement of faith?
A: We believe . . .
the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God
that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit
in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory
that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation
in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life
in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation
in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ
Q: How and when did World Help start?
A: World Help was born out of a sincere desire to help those in need, not only spiritually, but physically. Founded in 1991 by Vernon Brewer as a nonprofit Christian organization, World Help began providing God’s Word to the spiritually starved nations of Eastern Europe.
See more of World Help’s journey here.
Q: Where does World Help work?
A: Since inception, World Help has worked with national partners in 64 countries.
Q: Is World Help a financially trustworthy organization?
A: World Help is committed to being good stewards in everything we do—because we recognize that every resource is entrusted to us by God.
World Help strives to keep overhead costs to a minimum using only 10 percent for the administration for various projects. Only 3 percent is used for fundraising with 97 percent for ministry programs. All gifts designated for specific purposes are used as designated.
Q: How do I get in contact with World Help?
A: You can contact us using a variety of methods:
P.O. Box 501
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Children of the World
Q: Who is Children of the World?
A: Children of the World International Children’s Choir is composed of orphaned and/or disadvantaged children from countries all over the globe. The choir travels across the United States on a 10-month tour (September through June) presenting its program in churches, schools, and other venues. Each program includes powerful testimonies from the children’s personal experiences, several songs in both English and native dialects, and a video presentation including footage of the children’s home countries.
Q: Why does Children of the World exist?
A: One billion children in the world live in poverty—400 million of them lack access to clean water. A staggering 160 million children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition, and each year nine million die from preventable diseases. Children of the World exists to change the world one child at a time by putting a face to the desperate needs of children whose lives have been devastated by civil war, famine, poverty, unclean water, and preventable diseases.
Q: How does Children of the World help others around the world?
A: Since inception, Children of the World has raised funds to help complete a multitude of various projects; some of which include:
- providing over 38,000 sponsorships for children around the world, meeting the basic needs of food, clothing, educational opportunities, and medical attention
- drilling 206 wells in countries around the world
- building 29 Homes of Hope for HIV/AIDS affected orphans in various countries in Africa
- providing 10 Forgotten Children Centers, as well as a vocational school in Uganda
- constructing 4 Children’s Homes
Q: Can I adopt a child from the choir?
A: World Help’s goal is to help train and equip these children so that they can grow up to become future leaders, impacting their home countries. While adoption is an option for some children, it is not possible for the children in the choir. However, you can make an eternal investment in the lives of these children through sponsorship.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on sponsorship.
Q: How are children chosen to be part of Children of the World?
A: Each of the children that are selected to be a part of Children of the World are a part of World Help’s Child Sponsorship Program. For selection, we rely on our in-country coordinators who work with the children on a daily basis to select children that will be good candidates mentally, physically, and emotionally for the choir. These children and their parents, if they have them, are then given the option of whether or not they want to be a part of Children of the World. Our national partners consider it to be a great opportunity for the children to come to the U.S., learn another culture, improve their English skills, help other children around the world, and share Christ’s love.
Q: How old are the children in the choir?
A: The children are between the ages of 7 and 12 years old.
Q: What happens to the children when they return to their home countries?
A: The children who travel in the choir remain in the World Help Child Sponsorship Program until they turn 19 years of age. As a result of being in the choir and upon completion of high school, they are eligible to receive a four-year scholarship to the college of their choice in their home countries.
Q: What is the current Children of the World tour promoting?
A: Nearly one billion people in the world lack access to clean water. Today alone, 29,000 children will perish due to preventable diseases, including pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea –half of these deaths occurring due to malnutrition and lack of clean water. Our vision is to provide water for all who lack it, bringing a gift that has the power to transform families, communities, and nations.
If you are interested in knowing more or booking the Children of the World, please contact email@example.com.
Q: Why humanitarian aid?
A: An essential element in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ is meeting people where they are, as they are. Distribution of humanitarian aid supplies allows World Help to meet the physical needs of people. As the physical needs are being met, we are able to begin, over time, addressing the spiritual and emotional needs of people. We cannot meet the spiritual needs of people without first addressing their physical needs.
Q: How does World Help distribute humanitarian aid?
A: World Help has established an extensive network worldwide of national partners that receive aid shipped by World Help. Donations of food, water, medical equipment and supplies, clothing, and other essential aid items are containerized domestically and shipped to our partners in-country for distribution. These partners provide feedback and reports as to how the aid was utilized.
Q: What does World Help do in times of humanitarian disasters?
A: World Help is uniquely positioned to immediately respond and meet the desperate needs of victims of natural disasters around the world. By working with our national partners who are already on the ground, we are able to respond quickly and effectively to bring much-needed help to those who are hurting.
Q: Does World Help do primarily humanitarian aid distribution?
A: No. World Help has four primary functions: Child Advocacy, Humanitarian Aid, Bible Distribution, and Church Planting. Distribution of humanitarian aid allows us to meet the physical needs of the beneficiary, which then enables us to begin meeting the spiritual need.
Q: Can I donate items to World Help’s Humanitarian Aid program?
A: Yes! World Help accepts donation of in-date humanitarian aid supplies for distribution around the world.
Click here to learn more about additional opportunities to get involved in meeting the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.
Q: How does child sponsorship work?
A: When you become a child sponsor, you are connecting to a specific child in our program and will be able to build and nurture a relationship through correspondence. For just $35 a month, you will help your sponsored child and other children in their community program gain access to food, clean water, medical care, and an education. Most importantly, World Help’s programs give children the opportunity to hear the message that God loves them and has a unique purpose for each of their lives.
World Help believes that by investing in one child, you are able to change an entire community and ultimately the world.
Q: What type of sponsorship programs does World Help administrate?
A: Each community that we partner with faces different challenges and in turn has different needs. Therefore, the way that we do our work is unique to each community. Through a variety of programs ranging from community centers, children’s homes and schools, to family assistance programs, each addresses the specific gap that is present in the community.
As of 2012, World Help currently provides care for about 12,000 children in 24 countries worldwide.
Q: What kind of benefits will my child actually receive?
A: Sponsorship affects every area of the child’s life. You will help meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of your child. By alleviating their physical needs first, you are able to show them God’s love and compassion.
Q: How much of my money will actually go to support my child?
A: World Help strives to keep overhead costs to a minimum using 96.6 percent of the funds for ministry, 2.7 percent for administration, and 0.7 percent for fundraising. We are also members in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
Q: As a sponsor, what will I receive throughout the year?
A: Once we receive your first monthly gift of $35, you will receive a photo and story of your child and information about your child’s country. When available, we will provide you with a yearly update on your sponsored child, along with a new photo. In addition, you will receive periodic updates about the work that World Help is doing around the world, including additional programs apart of your child’s community.
Q: Can I write to my child
A: Yes! We encourage new sponsors to send your child a letter of introduction along with a picture of yourself and your family. You may continue to write your child once a month. Simply include any correspondence along with your monthly gift and we will forward it on to your child. Children love to receive letters, but they may find it very difficult to write them. This is especially true for younger children, children who started late in school, and children in remote locations.
To learn more about how you can connect further with your child, click here.
Q: May I send gifts to my child?
A: You can enclose small, flat paper items such as postcards, greeting cards, stickers, bookmarks, pages from a coloring book, and photos along with the letter you write. These items should fit in a regular 6×9 envelope.
Q: May I visit my child?
A: Depending on your child’s location, this may be possible. Please contact our office toll free 800-541-6691 for more information.
Q: What if my child moves or leaves the program?
A: One of the joys of becoming a sponsor is having the opportunity to watch your particular child develop and mature. However, on occasion, your special child may have to move or withdraw from the sponsorship program. There can be any number of reasons for this. A family may need to relocate to improve their financial situation, or family members may also choose to remove a child from a children’s home. We will always give you the opportunity to sponsor another wonderful child in need.