Frequently asked questions
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Otino Waa Children’s Village is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization registered in the state of Oregon, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3). Donations paid by check will be receipted monthly. If you are paying by credit card or automatic deductions from your checking account, receipts will be emailed to you. You will also receive an annual Statement of Giving at year end. Because we have very low administrative costs you can be assured your money is directly benefiting orphans.
Yes! Send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters will be printed and hand delivered each Wednesday at Kid’s Meeting. Please include your child’s name and number on all correspondence to facilitate a timely response.
With your help, a Ugandan Orphan will have the opportunity to lead a healthier, fuller life. We will send you updates so you can see how your child is growing and developing through school and activities. You will see their progress through Primary and Secondary education and how they are prepared through advanced education or a professional program to learn a trade. Our goal is to instill leadership qualities into our graduates so they will go on to make a difference in their community.
Your sponsorship gifts help an orphan escape a desperate situation and enter a loving family structure of a widowed housemother and 7 other orphans with whom they share a house. They have access to everyday essentials like clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, and Christian ministry at Ilera Community Church just across the street. Sponsorship gives the orphan the opportunity to be educated, learn job-skills, and receive business training so they can earn an income and provide for their future families.
Sponsorship is the catalyst for change in the hopeless situation that often holds a child in extreme poverty. By combining your $35.00 monthly contribution with those from at least two other sponsors, Otino Waa is able to provide for all the needs of that child: family structure, sanitary environment, nutritious food, healthcare, education, and spiritual guidance.
Otino Waa normally brings an orphan into its program when a child is ready for the P1 level of school, usually at age 5 or 6. The child is sponsored through Primary and Secondary school, up to S3 or S4 that equates to age 17 or 18. Many of our graduates are provided scholarships to a professional training school or college. Sponsors have the opportunity to participate in helping with tuition by continuing their sponsorship through higher education. Sponsorship is always voluntary and we fully understand that financial circumstances could change, resulting in a sponsor needing to adjust their commitments.
When you sponsor an orphan, you are connected one-to-one with a child brimming with potential but in need of help. You are given the opportunity to develop a strong relationship through writing letters by which you will get to know your orphan and learn about their daily realities, hopes and dreams. You can encourage them in their studies and hear about their progress. You will hear from your child on a quarterly basis, but each child is encouraged to respond to each piece of correspondence from its sponsor. The more the sponsor writes, the more often the orphan responds.
Small flat items that fit in an 11x14 envelope will arrive in two to three weeks. Packages may be sent but delivery in Africa is never guaranteed. Be sure to insert the child’s name and number. Small plastic toys, soft dolls or stuffed animals, crayons and coloring books, paper, colored pencils, notebooks and pens, stickers, school bags, jump rope, stencils, balloons, hard candy, puzzles, small games, Frisbee, small sewing kit. Often the most treasured gift is a photo of you and your family.
Please do not send money, perishable items, gum or soft candy, liquid or fragile items, nothing battery powered or otherwise electronic, used clothing, large or expensive gifts, colored markers or Sharpies.
We have introduced an online store on our website, www.otinowaa.org, for you to purchase gifts at the Otino Waa Gift Store. The selection is limited but we will gradually be adding more items. The savings to you in time and postage is considerable and delivery is guaranteed!
Email notices keep everyone informed of current events at Otino Waa. The website, www.otinowaa.org, provides a central point of information. Newsletters are published at least twice yearly. We will inform you of any change in status of your child. You may also wish to subscribe to our FaceBook page Otino Waa Facebook.
Keep letters simple. Content is a personal decision but here are some suggestions: Encourage them in their education. Describe your family and include a photo. Share your hobbies, work or school, family holidays and customs. Provide general info of where you live but we advise you do NOT include your address..
Send letters or packages by US Postal Service to:
(Child’s Name and Number)
Otino Waa Children’s Village
P.O. Box 117
Lira, Uganda, East Africa (no zip)
As you exchange letters, send photos and offer encouragement, your love will bring hope to a child that will last a lifetime. More than that, you will learn about Uganda, a country that has endured violence and significant changes over the years. You will better understand the political and economic realities your sponsored child faces. And you will also experience the joy of empowering someone in great need and bringing hope to someone coming from a hopeless situation.
You'll be given the chance to personally connect with your sponsored child and build a relationship that could change both of your lives. There are many ways to get to know and encourage your child—through letters, emails, cards, packages, and more. Sponsored children regularly pray for their sponsors and the children are excited to receive letters and learn about their sponsoring family.