FAQs

1. Aren't I already giving to the poor through the taxes I pay to the Australian government?

The Australian government gives 0.4% of its budget to international aid. The UN recommended percentage of a country's budget allocated to international aid is 0.7%. The Australian government falls short. Even if the Australian government could reach this standard, it would not be enough to eradicate poverty. We need your help to break the cycle of poverty.

2. Can I correspond with my sponsor child?

Your letters are most welcome. Please contact the HOHI office for more information if you would like to write a letter to your sponsor child.

3. How long will my child sponsorship last?

Children will remain in a HOHI sponsorship programme until they turn 18, or are adopted, or until we find foster care for them. We understand that sometimes the financial situation of a sponsor changes, and they are no longer able to continue sponsoring a HOHI child. If your financial situation as a sponsor changes, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible.

4. How much of my donation would actually go directly to the children or women in need?

HOHI has extremely low administration costs. $5 per sponsorship and 10% of other donations are retained within HOHI for administrative purposes. In other words, $34 of each monthly sponsorship ($39) and 90% of all other donations go directly to the sponsored child or widow.

5. Is HOHI a Christian organization?

HOHI is a non-denominational Christian organization, guided by high standards of Christian love and ethics.

6. Won't we always have the poor with us? How can my donation possibly make a difference?

The problem of world poverty is enormous and can often seem unconquerable. Looking at the overwhelming nature of world poverty can be discouraging. However, by approaching the problem one child at a time, lives can be saved. By sponsoring a child today, you are giving hope to one person, helping take away their suffering and offering them a better life. We change the world one person at a time.

7. Would my donation be tax-deductible?

Because of Australian Government policy, donations for the support of orphans or widows are not tax deductible. However, our Safe House for the victims of human trafficking is a tax deductible project. Please contact the HOHI office for more infomation.