Can I choose the child I want to sponsor?
We encourage donors to choose an allocation of ‘Need is Greatest’. This allows us to sponsor the neediest children first. However, donors can select the country of their sponsored child and they can specify an age range and gender. We do not allow donors to choose from pictures.
Can I sponsor an orphan child?
The Rainbow Family Programme supports orphan and needy children. You can specify that you want to support an orphan child at the time of making the donation. Please note that an orphan is a child who has lost their father or lost both their parents.
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.
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?