SPONSOR

A call to act on your abundant joy by overflowing in rich generosity.

WHAT IS KUNDA?

The Kunda Sponsorship Program exists to provide a relationship of love, encouragement, and financial support for children in Best Family through child sponsorship. Through Kunda, we desire to provide for you an avenue of generosity where you can share the blessings God has given you with those in need. Or as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 8, “abundant joy … overflowed in rich generosity.”

WHY HAVE A SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM?

Kunda in Rwanda’s native language, Kinyarwanda, means “love.” And that’s exactly what Kunda is about. Many people think that child sponsorships are only about money, but that is not the case. Financial support is beneficial and extremely necessary. However, the primary purpose of sponsorship is relationship. Best Family Rwanda is all about that one important word: family. BFR was created as a way for children to care for one another as family. Each member gives and receives love, support, and guidance from the other members. We want the sponsors to be the kids’ extended “best family,” to be active in the their lives, encouraging them in their passions and goals, being there with them through the hard times and the good times, and ultimately providing an incredible source of hope for these kids, fueled by the love we have received from our Father. So that’s the blessing for them. 2 Corinthians 9 speaks of the blessing you’ll receive:

Show your gratitude through generous giving and as your brothers and sisters become moved by the extravagance of God in your life, they will respond by praying in passionate intercession for whatever you need.

READY TO SPONSOR A CHILD?

Do you want to be a sponsor and make a world of difference in a child’s life? Just a little bit of love and $35/mo can change the life of a child in Rwanda. We are so grateful you’re ready to start and want to help you get going. Getting started is an incredibly fast and easy 2-step process.

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HOW IS THE SPONSORSHIP COST SPLIT?

It’s quite incredible the distance your $35 monthly commitment can go. Your pledge covers costs associated with school such as tuition fees, uniforms, supplies, after-school tutors, and travel. But that’s just one of the six pillars of BFR that Kunda supports. Learn more about all the pillars including health care, discipleship, civic responsibility, entertainment, and social welfare.

Read About the 6 Pillars
  • EDUCATION
  • HEALTHCARE
  • DISCIPLESHIP
  • CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • SOCIAL WELFARE

WHAT IS KUNDA?

The Kunda Sponsorship Program exists to provide a relationship of love, encouragement, and financial support for children in Best Family through child sponsorship. Through Kunda, we desire to provide for you an avenue of generosity where you can share the blessings God has given you with those in need.

WHY SPONSORSHIP?

Kunda in Rwanda’s native language of Kinyarwanda, means “love.” And that’s exactly what Kunda is all about.

Many think that child sponsorships are only about money, but that is not the case. Financial support is beneficial and extremely necessary, however the primary purpose of sponsorship is relationship. Best Family Rwanda is all about that one important word: family. BFR was created as a way for children to care for one another as family. Each member gives and receives love, support, and guidance from the other members.

We want the sponsors to be the kids’ extended “best family,” to be active in the their lives, encouraging them in their passions and goals, being there with them through the hard times and the good times, and ultimately providing an incredible source of hope for these kids, fueled by the love we have received from our Father. So that’s the blessing for them. 2 Corinthians 9 speaks of the blessing you’ll receive:

Show your gratitude through generous giving and as your brothers and sisters become moved by the extravagance of God in your life, they will respond by praying in passionate intercession for whatever you need.

READY TO SPONSOR?

Do you want to be a sponsor and make a world of difference in a child’s life? Just a little bit of love and $35/mo can change the life of a child in Rwanda. If so, we are so grateful you’re ready to start changing lives.

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HOW YOUR $$ IS SPENT

It’s quite incredible the distance your $35 monthly commitment can go. Your pledge covers costs associated with school such as tuition fees, uniforms, supplies, after-school tutors, and travel. But that’s just one of the six pillars of BFR that Kunda supports. Learn more about all the pillars including health care, discipleship, civic responsibility, entertainment, and social welfare.

Read About the 6 Pillars
  • EDUCATION
  • HEALTHCARE
  • DISCIPLESHIP
  • CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • SOCIAL WELFARE

FAQ

Here are some of the most common questions. Check out the FAQ for all topics below and if we don't answer your question, contact us.

Kunda

How much does sponsorship cost and what does it cover?

Sponsorship for one child is $35/month. This provides more than you would imagine. The $35 pays for costs associated with education, healthcare, discipleship, and other social and civic programs. BFR has six pillars to support the kids and the Kunda Sponsorship Program financially supports these efforts. Learn more.

How does BFR ensure my support benefits my child?

Best Family Ministries maintains financial integrity by requiring strict documentation record keeping for all allotments to ensure all funds are being properly expensed. Click here to learn more about Best Family Ministries.

But it’s not enough to ensure that funds are reaching your child’s location and being spent appropriately. Like you, we want to be sure that real development is taking place in the life of every sponsored child. BFR is a family, it’s in our name. Our leaders on the ground have a personal relationship with each and every child in BFR, thus allowing them to become personally acquainted with their unique needs. We monitor and evaluate each child’s situation to ensure effectiveness and long-term impact.

Can I send a package to my child?

Every now and then we will open up the opportunity to send a small letter-sized package to your child. Follow us on social media to catch those opportunities. The package must be no larger than 8-1/2″ x 11″ and 1/4″ thick. Some ideas are baseball and football cards, bookmarks, booklets, calendars, birthday cards magazine pages, coloring books (no crayons please), photos of you and your family, postcards, scripture cards, small posters, or stickers. Please do not send money. We want your imagination to soar. If you have a question about items that should or shouldn’t be sent, please contact us to confirm. Please remember to include your child’s name and sponsor number on any item you send.

May I add any of the BFR kids as friends on social media?

Unfortunately, we ask that you do not add your sponsored child or any child in the Kunda program on Facebook or any other social media network. There are many different reasons why, mostly revolving around keeping the integrity of the Kunda program and the relationships that are involved. Requiring all communication to be funneled through Best Family Ministries allows us to protect both the sponsors and the children. Sadly, some children will try to take advantage of your generosity. Communicating with them in an un-monitored outlet like Facebook opens the door for uncomfortable and even harmful scenarios for you and the child. We have told all of the children to refrain from adding their sponsors on Facebook. However, children do not always do what they’re told. If a BFR child attempts to add you on Facebook, please do not accept their request, and let us know immediately so that we may handle the situation appropriately.

Why can't I give my address, email, or phone number in letters?

Plain and simple, not including this type of information allows us to protect your privacy. Sadly, some children may try to take advantage of your generosity. Giving them your private information could lead to uncomfortable and even dangerous scenarios for both you and the child.

How else can I learn about the child I'm sponsoring?

In addition to letters from your sponsored child, BFR will send you periodic updates about the child’s progress and newsletters about your child’s development. You’ll have a better understanding of your sponsored child’s culture and life. It’s quite likely that your vision of God’s kingdom will expand. We highly recommend you also follow BFR on social media to get frequent updates and pictures.

How long should my child sponsorship last?

Kunda sponsorships offer you the opportunity to stay with a child for a number of years. Sponsorships typically end when a child graduates from secondary school. While we hope that you will be able to continue in your support of your sponsored child for many years, we recognize that circumstances may change. You may discontinue your sponsorship at any time. If you need to discontinue your sponsorship, just contact us and let us know.

Please give us 30 days notice for sponsorship cancellations.

Can I visit my sponsored child?

Absolutely! We encourage it. Go to the Get Involved page for more information. This being said, we do, prefer you visit your child through one of the promoted trips. These will be most likely be led by a Best Family Ministries leader or a leader that has visited the area before. We do not recommend making a trip to Rwanda to see your child on your own. Again, this is for your own protection and the protection of our children. If you are interested in going on a trip with us, or have any questions, contact us.

Communication

How important is letter writing?

The most effective way to build a relationship with your sponsored child is through letter writing. Letter writing can bring together two people from vastly different places and cultures and forge a friendship that is deep and personal. But writing letters to a child in another culture, a child who you may have never met, can also be one of the most challenging aspects of being a sponsor. Don’t be discouraged though. Just love, it’s the universal language. The letter-writing part of your sponsorship commitment may seem unimportant or intimidating, but it’s through letter writing that you help proclaim the wonderful news of Jesus’ love and what He did for us. If you view letter writing as a labor of love, you will make that much more of a difference in your sponsored child’s life — for poverty is not simply a lack of money, but also a lack of hope. So it's an incredible opportunity you have to speak hope into your child today.

How will I communicate with my child?

The best option for communication will be hand-written letters scanned and emailed. This will cut down on postage costs significantly and will allow for the quickest transmission both to and from the kids. Every now and then we will open up the opportunity to send a small letter-sized package to your child. Follow us on social media to catch those opportunities.

How will my child communicate with me?

Letters from your sponsored child will be handwritten by them, scanned by our Kunda Director, and emailed to you. If you have a child that is too young to write, they may receive assistance from older children, family, or BFR leaders in writing their letters to you.

What should I write about?

It's important to just be yourself. Some ideas might be describing your family (e.g., where they live, what they look like, interests, pets), sending a photo, explaining your holidays or family customs, talking about important events (e.g., weddings, graduations, trips, new jobs), sharing about your dreams or the daily activities of your life, writing about your region (e.g., terrain, climate, people). You may also talk about important life lessons you've learned, describe how you overcame a challenge, met a goal, or even share your favorite Bible stories and verses. You could even elaborate on your church and the various ways you serve Christ. Remind your child that you pray for him/her regularly and make sure to answer any specific questions they ask you. It never hurts to share prayer requests or praises, express what a privilege it is to be their sponsor, and affirm the love God has for them. Follow us on social media and subscribe to the newsletter to get more ideas.

Are there topics I should avoid writing about?

There are some things that are best left unsaid. Most importantly, do not EVER make promises to your sponsored child. Suggesting that you plan to take a trip to visit them, bring them to America, adopt them, or buy them special gifts is never a good idea. Even if your intentions are good, you don’t know what the future holds or whether or not you will be able to deliver on that promise. These children rely on you as their sponsor to bring them hope, not disappointment. Please also avoid discussing the material aspects of your life (e.g., the size of your home, kind of car you drive), sending photos that deliberately show your possessions, sharing your home address, e-mail address or telephone numbers, adding your child on Facebook, or using colloquialisms and slang that would be difficult to understand. If the sponsorship coordinator feels that your letter and/or photos contain the above potentially harmful topics, we'll reach out to you about correcting your communication just a bit.

How often should I write?

You may write to your sponsored child as often as you like. You will receive a minimum of three letters a year from your child, and we encourage you to write at least as frequently, even if it’s just a brief note or card. Also, writing to a child for his/her birthday is especially meaningful, so we encourage you to mark your calendars and be sure to write them for their special day! Subscribe to the newsletter for upcoming birthdays as well.

How often will my child write to me?

You will receive a minimum of three letters per year from your child, but it will likely be more than that. Writing to your child will increase the likelihood of receiving more letters from him/her.

Can I send photographs to my child?

Absolutely! We recommend you send a picture of yourself in the first letter and lots of pictures after that. You can send family photos, landscape photos, artistic pictures, pictures of your pets, the town you live in, your friends, etc. It would also be a good idea to send pictures of your family in various seasons of the year. Rwanda has a very mild climate year round and does not experience seasons like the U.S. Please avoid sending pictures that may accentuate the economic differences between you and your child (e.g., homes, cars, gifts). Be aware of what is in the photo’s background. If you happen to send a photo that the sponsorship coordinator feels is inappropriate, we will let you know and simply not include the photo in the package to your kiddo. Please remember to include your child’s name and sponsorship number on each emailed or mailed item you send.

Do I have to send photographs to my sponsored child?

No. But since photographs are not as common in the developing world as they are in the United States, they are particularly valued. A photograph of you, their caring person from another part of the world, adds another dimension to your relationship. It personalizes your correspondence and helps deepen the connection the child makes.

Can I send letters directly to my child?

All letters must be sent via email or snail mail. The reason for this is because it allow us to secure the correct translation you and your child need for solid communication, obtain the quickest delivery method, protect your privacy, and protect the children.

Can I send a package to my child?

Every now and then we will open up the opportunity to send a small letter-sized package to your child. Follow us on social media to catch those opportunities. The package must be no larger than 8-1/2″ x 11″ and 1/4″ thick. Some ideas are baseball and football cards, bookmarks, booklets, calendars, birthday cards magazine pages, coloring books (no crayons please), photos of you and your family, postcards, scripture cards, small posters, or stickers. Please do not send money. We want your imagination to soar. If you have a question about items that should or shouldn't be sent, please contact us to confirm. Please remember to include your child’s name and sponsor number on any item you send.

May I add any of the BFR kids as friends on Facebook?

Unfortunately, we ask that you do not add your sponsored child or any child in the Kunda program on Facebook or any other social media network. There are many different reasons why, mostly revolving around keeping the integrity of the Kunda program and the relationships that are involved. Requiring all communication to be funneled through Best Family Ministries allows us to protect both the sponsors and the children. Sadly, some children will try to take advantage of your generosity. Communicating with them in an un-monitored outlet like Facebook opens the door for uncomfortable and even harmful scenarios for you and the child. We have told all of the children to refrain from adding their sponsors on Facebook. However, children do not always do what they’re told. If a BFR child attempts to add you on Facebook, please do not accept their request, and let us know immediately so that we may handle the situation appropriately. For more information, please contact us.

Why can’t I give my address, email, or phone in letters?

Plain and simple, not including this type of information allows us to protect your privacy. Sadly, some children may try to take advantage of your generosity. Giving them your private information could lead to uncomfortable and even dangerous scenarios for both you and the child.

Financials

How much does sponsorship cost and what does it cover?

Sponsorship for one child is $35/month. This provides more than you would imagine. The $35 pays for costs associated with education, healthcare, discipleship, and other social and civic programs. BFR has six pillars to support the kids and the Kunda Sponsorship Program financially supports these efforts. Learn more.

How can I make payments?

Payments are made via the recurring credit/debit card or ACH transfer you setup when you signup to be a sponsor. This can be changed quickly and easily through your Pure Charity account.

Are sponsorships through Kunda tax deductible?

Absolutely. All contributions and sponsorship payments to BFR are tax deductible. You will receive an affidavit of contributions and donations at the end of the year prior to tax season.

When will I receive my year-end donation statement?

All donation statements will be sent out by Pure Charity around January 15th. Any donor that has an email attached to their account will receive their year end statement by email. Any donor that does not have an email attached to your account will receive your statement by mail. To access your year end statement online after January 15th, click here. If you made a donation directly to Best Family Ministries, you will receive a year-end statement via email on file by January 15th.

How does BFR ensure my support benefits my child?

Best Family Ministries maintains financial integrity by requiring strict documentation record keeping for all allotments to ensure all funds are being properly expensed. Click here to learn more about Best Family Ministries.

But it’s not enough to ensure that funds are reaching your child’s location and being spent appropriately. Like you, we want to be sure that real development is taking place in the life of every sponsored child. BFR is a family, it’s in our name. Our leaders on the ground have a personal relationship with each and every child in BFR, thus allowing them to become personally acquainted with their unique needs. We monitor and evaluate each child’s situation to ensure effectiveness and long-term impact.

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