F.A.Q

Can I choose the child I want to sponsor?

We support children based on who needs it the most. This is to ensure that the allocation process is fair and all children on the programme are supported according to the greatest need regardless of gender, country or religion.

Can I sponsor an orphan child?

The Rainbow Family programme supports needy children, some of which are orphans (a child who has either lost their father or lost both parents). Donor’s cannot specify as we allocate on a need is greatest basis.

When will I hear from Muslim Aid about my sponsored child?

We will allocate a child to you within 2-4 weeks of receiving payment. You will be sent a Welcome Pack which will include details of your sponsored child and tips on how you can start communicating.

How much of my money will go to the child I sponsor?

For every pound donated 85p will go directly towards supporting the child. 15p will cover the cost of delivering a quality programme without which staff and mentors would be unable to carry out vital visits to the child at home and school, monitor their educational progress and collect reports for donors. Please note, that if you are making a Zakat payment towards our child sponsorship programme, the compulsory 12.5% will be allocated to supporting costs, which means for every pound donated approximately 87p will go directly to the child. 

Can I visit my sponsored child? 

You can visit your sponsored child if prior notice is given and the country the child lives in is safe to travel to. It takes a lot of time to coordinate a visit and we will need you to contact the Rainbow Family team 6 weeks in advance. We will require you to fill out a donor request form and submit a background check. Once the request has been processed, we’ll contact the Rainbow Family team where your sponsored child lives to confirm the details of the visit.

How long does the sponsorship last? 

The Rainbow Family Child Sponsorship Programme makes a long term commitment to children worldwide and sponsorship continues up to the completion of secondary school education. If you cannot continue let us know in advance and we will make arrangements to transfer your child to a new donor.

If I cannot commit to full sponsorship, how else can I be part of the Rainbow Family?  

 A minimum commitment of £30 per month provides regular support for a child and their family. There is a ‘Child Community Fund’ to which you can donate any amount. The fund supports projects that help sponsored children and their communities.

I have more questions – who can I speak to?  

Our Rainbow Family team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the sponsorship programme or our work. You can call on 020 7377 4248 or email rainbowfamily@muslimaid.org

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