ZION CARE INTERNATIONAL
How can I sponsor a child?
A ZCI Student sponsorship is $100 a month/per student. A ZCI Orphan sponsorship is $150 a month up to $200 a month.
There are a few convenient options to facilitate giving sponsorship funds. We encourage sponsors to give electronically through our donation page.
If you desire to give by check, please mail your check to:
Zion Care International
711 East Gunhill Rd
Bronx, NY, 10467 P.O. Box 26
Please remember to include your student’s full name and sponsorship number with your check. Additional information, such as the purpose of the gift (i.e monthly sponsorship gift) should be included to ensure proper handling.
Does my sponsorship cover all of my student’s school expenses?
Your sponsorship covers all of your sponsored student’s expenses for school. Students who participate in this program must provide community service, whether to the Salvation Army or a community-affiliated group. This request is very intentional and is in line with ZCI, Jamaica’s vision and mission.
Can I send money directly to my sponsored student and his or her family?
In accordance to IRS regulations, ZCI cannot facilitate the exchange of money from one individual to another. Please do not send money to ZCI to be delivered to your student. The money will be placed in a fund to support the ZCI student sponsorship and made available to our school staff to be distributed to the students with the greatest needs.
Please use caution if asked by your student or student’s family to provide additional money. ZCI endeavors to inculcate in our students that it is not of some importance, but of fundamental importance that they donate their time to a community group that would facilitate transformation in their community, school and church, and the nation at large.
Can I send correspondence to my sponsored student? How and where do I send it?
Yes! Throughout the year we encourage you to send notes of encouragement, letters, and birthday cards to your student. Your correspondence will initiate a response, and through that correspondence, both you and your student have the opportunity to share your lives with each other, as well as to relationally proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Correspondence options currently include:
- Email letters and photos. To do this, create a My ZCI account, then click on “My Sponsorships,” and click “Write to (your student’s name)” button. You can expect a response within a month.
- Purchase a gift from our Online Gift Store in your My ZCI account to be bought in Jamaica and delivered in your name. Your monetary donation will help support the local economy in Jamaica. This process takes one month for the purchase of the gifts and delivery to each school on a monthly basis.
- Mailing letters, cards, photos, and/or small, flat items to the ZCI US Office*: 711 East Gunhill Rd. Bronx, NY, 10467 P.O. Box 26. There are a few limitations to what can be sent. Envelopes should be no larger than 9” x 12” x ½”. No boxes of any size should be sent. Please clearly mark envelopes with your student’s name and student number.
What topics should I include and avoid in my letters?
Zion Care International students know that they are being sponsored and are very appreciative of their sponsorship. They are eager to hear from their sponsors. We consider appropriate that you introduce yourself and your family, encourage students to strive for academic excellence, and impress upon them the importance of giving back to their community. Encourage your student to write back and/or draw pictures for you.
Please be cognizant of their economic condition. It is advisable that you do not share your home address, email address, or telephone number. Do not make commitments to them that you know you will not be able to honor as this will cause complications for our local representatives.