Who are the sponsored children?
Sponsored children are children from one of our child protection programs. They can be children living with their family, as part of the Family Support program, or children who are accommodated at the Foyer Lataste (Family homes for young children or the Teenager’s Foyer for older youth).
What is the role of a sponsor?
As a child’s sponsor (individually), you know the child who benefits from your financial support. You know why the child needs you and you see concrete results of your help over a long-term period. You receive regular news from your sponsored child twice a year in various forms: letter, drawing, photo, newsletter, school report, etc. This news allows you to follow your sponsored child’s life.
Can I choose my sponsored child?
We take into consideration as much as possible your criteria of choice (program, age…) but also those of urgent and pending cases.
How long does the sponsorship program last?
Becoming a sponsor is an effective long-term commitment. We, therefore, encourage our sponsors to support their sponsored children until the end of their studies. If the child is academic, being a sponsor can last more than ten years.
However, you are free to end your commitment at any time, without justification. All you need to do is inform our team by email, phone, or mail.
How is the money that I give each month used?
The Family Homes children and the youth interns at the Foyer Lataste are supported 100% in all aspects of their life: accommodation, food, education, health. Children living with their families receive a monthly sum of money to cover school fees (uniforms, supplies, private lessons) and each trimester a 50kg sack of rice and a hygiene products kit. During the trimester distribution, children and their families assist in awareness and prevention sessions on various themes: children’s rights, health prevention, etc. In addition, if the children or a member of their family has a serious health problem, the association covers the costs of the necessary care.
Depending on the amount of your donation, you may or may not cover all your sponsored child’s living expenses. Generally speaking, your monthly participation is distributed as follows: :
- Basic needs and scholarship of the child
- Supervision of the child by our local team
- Operating costs linked to the program in which your sponsored child is taken care of
Is it possible to give a gift to your sponsored child?
We do not recommend buying a gift in France and sending it by mail because:
- the package might get lost or damaged
- gifts bought in France are very often unsuitable for living standards, local customs, and/or children’s wishes or needs
We, therefore, recommend that you choose a gift from the list given by AEC-Foyer Lataste and send the amount corresponding to the association’s headquarters (by check or bank transfer). The Khmer team in the field will be responsible for purchasing the gift. They will then give it to the child during a gift distribution. There are two distributions per year: Khmer New Year and Pchum Ben (The Festival of the Dead). All children receive gifts at the same time to avoid creating tension and jealousy. The association buys complimentary gifts for children who do not receive a gift from their sponsor.
Can I stop being a sponsor?
You have the possibility to end your commitment towards your godchild at any time. AEC-Foyer Lataste will do everything it can to unify another sponsor to the child so that he or she can continue his education or training program.
Can I meet my sponsored child?
If you want to, you can come to Cambodia and meet your sponsored child. To do so, it is essential to request and obtain a formal written authorization to visit from the field team to best organize your visit at the Foyer and to indicate the most suitable dates. We invite you to refer to the “visit regulations”, available on request, to prepare your sponsored child and have the best opportunity to see him or her. For example, visits to see your sponsored child take place only outside school hours.
We provide answers to all your questions upon requests.
Children, even if they are orphans, cannot in any case be adopted.