Here are the first five things all sponsors should do to create a stronger connection with your child and to learn more about the amazing work you’re doing:
MyCI is your sponsorship home base. It’s where you go to manage your account, learn about your child, and connect with other sponsors. Here are a few of the many things you can do at MyCI:
Receive letters and photos from your child
Send letters and cards to your child
Update your personal information and payment methods
Donate additional gifts or contribute to other Children International efforts
Participate in our community of like-minded supporters
As a new sponsor, you should have received an email with a link to create your MyCI account. No worries if it got lost in your inbox, though. You can always head over to the MyCI login page, go to the “Create account” tab and sign up with your account number (included in your sponsorship welcome packet) and last name.
will take you to command central for letter and card writing. MyCI is the best way to communicate with your child during the pandemic, so don’t skip this section (and see #4 for some tips)!
will let you track your giving history and introduce you to news ways you can contribute.
will let you update all your details.
is where to go to connect and share stories with other sponsors.
is where to get the answers you need.
Everybody likes to get real snail mail, right? Keep your eyes on the mailbox because something really special is about to show up: your Sponsor Welcome Package.
This little envelope is packed with some very important information. You’ll get a photo of your sponsored child and a biography detailing what life is like for them at home and school. You’ll learn more about the challenges facing your child’s community and how your support is specifically helping in that area.
Your package will include a quick-start guide to help you set up that MyCI account (if you haven’t already) and write your first note to your child.
We’ve also included more information on how your sponsorship impacts your child’s daily life. (A little preview: Through sponsorship, you are providing support to a child and their family, including economic assistance, health services, mental health support and educational opportunities.) And don’t miss the Children International decal, so you can show your sponsor pride!
Veteran sponsor tip: Use your welcome folder to store letters and photos of your child, along with your sponsorship details, like your account number.
You’re already here, so why not stay a while? We have so much to tell you about what your sponsorship is making possible. Don’t quite know where to start? Here a few suggestions:
If you haven’t already guessed, corresponding with your child is one of the best parts of sponsorship. (That’s why we keep talking about it!) Your financial contributions mean a lot to your sponsored child and their family, but so does your interest in their lives. Living in poverty is stressful. It might seem obvious — or even too simple — but a few kind words from a sponsor can give a child hope right when they need it.
In the MyCI message center, you’ll find digital letter and card templates where you can write a message and upload photos to send to your child. It’s fast and easy, and we’ve even got some idea starters for you if you don’t know what to say!
After your message is reviewed and (if necessary) translated, it will be sent digitally to your child’s local office. Staff will work hard to get the message to your child (via phone, digital message, or by hand), although the pandemic has made communication more challenging than in the past. When possible, your child’s message back to you will be transcribed and sent digitally as well. You’ll get a notification in your MyCI account when you receive a message.
Our Care Team loves speaking with sponsors. Many of them are sponsors themselves, many have traveled to the field, and some even grew up in the countries where Children International works. The Care Team gives each new sponsor a welcome call — your phone should be ringing soon! But you don’t have to wait if you have questions you’d like to talk about now. We have both Spanish and English speakers on the team, and they are standing by to answer your call. You’ll talk to a real human, right away.
Just pick up the phone Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CT): 800-888-3089 (toll-free in the U.S.) or 816-942-2000 (in Kansas City or outside the U.S.)
You can also catch us on chat (again, you’ll be corresponding with a real person, not a bot).
That’s it! Do these first five things, and your sponsorship will be off to a strong start. And make sure to take a little time to celebrate the difference you are making in the life of one very special child.
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