Question & Answers
YASAH prefers placing children with relatives and only accepts children into their orphanage as a last resort. Most of the orphans do not have parents due to plagues, the tsunami, earthquake, or abandonment caused by financial hardship. When these desperate children have nowhere else to go, YASAH becomes their legal guardian and they become part of the family in the orphanage!
The safe homes are run as a family and never as an institution because an informal environment where children can feel comfortable and be themselves is crucial to their integration into society. An informal and transparent environment allows all members to speak about their problems, which creates an atmosphere that is conducive to growth and learning.
The cost of bringing a child into an orphanage is USD $37.00 per month. This amount is calculated by taking the total cost for food, toiletries, housing, clothing, utilities, housemother wages and dividing it by the number of orphans housed at each center; therefore, the money that is donated for an orphan sponsorship does not go directly to an individual child, instead, the money goes towards the costs of running that child's orphanage.
Larger expenses such as medical fees are not included in the monthly cost for orphan sponsorship. YASAH has recently introduced medical sponsorship, where you may sponsor a child for ongoing medical care in addition to orphan and education program sponsorship.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question : Can we visit the child?
Answer : Yes! It brings such joy. Please do come to visit.
Question : Do we get a photo and how often are they updated?
Answer : Yes you do get a photo. We try to update them monthly when the children send their letters that teach them to write and also to take photos of each other. Both helpful skills, in addition to learning about a world so different from their own, it feels like a dream, your world. This is a wonderful education for both of you and photos help.
Question : Do we get the exam results or a report on how they are doing at school?
Answer : Yes we will send for any sponsors interested and are thankful for this interest as will be the children. Please be sure to express your pride that they are in school at all because remember many of these children are far behind when they start and even teased so they easily think they are not smart when it simply is not true. Please find their specialness rather than their feeling shamed for being so far behind other children who are not as poor.
Question : Can we keep in contact with them after they finish schooling, providing both parties agree?
Answer : Absolutely!
Question : Are the children encouraged to write? If the child were to have two sponsors, would both be able to write the child? How is correspondence to and from the child done?
Answer : Yes! We encourage our children to communicate with their sponsors because it's part of our mission to educate people about the poor but also to give the children a voice because so many of them have been conditioned to stay as 'invisible' as possible.
Corresponding with the children can be done via email or postal service. A center director or volunteer helps the children write their letters in English.
Question : How did you come to the amount of USD $37.00 a child a month?
Answer : We added up the monthly costs of our Orphanages and Safe Homes, and divided each homes costs, spread over twelve months, then divided by the number of our children living in the Home.
Question : What does the USD $37.00 pay for?
Answer : Your money for your child pays for the child's food, clothes, house help, simple medical, utilities and water, once a month simple activity or outing, grooming supplies such as soap for cleaning clothes and body etc.
Question : If a person sponsors a child for the Orphan program, would that same child be available to someone else for the education program sponsorship, as well? Or, vice versa...if the child is sponsored through the education program sponsorship, would that child also be available to someone else for the Orphan program?
Answer : Yes, if an orphan receives a education sponsorship then that child would still be available to someone else for the orphan program and vice versa.