How can you send a letter to your sponsored child(ren) via the website?

You do that by going to My Account > My Letters to go.
There you can send your letter in 3 steps. You can view and download the submitted letter again later in My letters.

In addition to sending text, you can add (up to) 2 photos to your letter. It is also possible to give a present, which will be used for the children in the home of your sponsor child.

Do you (as a sponsor) not yet have a password for My Account?
Then fill in the My account login screen in the Register block your e-mail address and click on the REGISTER button.
You will soon receive a link in which you can create a (new) password.
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We are active with about 20 projects in 8 countries
Foodstep Uganda
Foodstep in Uganda was founded 16 years ago by the Belgian couple Werner and Nathalie. They were touched by the need of the many street children, children from children's prison and severely neglected children. They started in their own home with 2, then 15 and eventually 50 children. They decided to buy a piece of land and […]
In this time of Corona, many people feel lonely, need visitors or are having a hard time because they have lost their job or can work less.
Tshega Christian Mission
In South Africa, the difference between rich and poor is very large. As a result, children and young people often turn to criminals out of boredom and hopelessness, often turning to drugs.
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Project Held Gifts

A goat, bible, sewing machine or water filter. Examples of gifts of great value to families and children living in extreme poverty. Provide a child, family or project in a developing country with a valuable gift.
Every year there is a huge demand for firewood for the winter in Kosovo. The winters in Kosovo and northern Albania are often cold, minus 20 degrees Celsius is not uncommon. Due to high unemployment and poor government facilities, there is often no money for firewood. We ask for your help to protect as many vulnerable […]
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Building block Uganda
Donate a stone for one of the five houses in Uganda. The Belgian couple Nathalie and Werner are the founders of Foodstep. They have a piece of land at their disposal and their dream is to build 5 houses here. It is a beautiful place on Lake Victoria that they want to rent out to church and youth groups for a wonderful retreat and a place to give seminars, a place to spend time with God. This will provide employment for the older children in the orphanage. In addition, they want to develop a vegetable garden which in turn ensures self-sufficiency for the children. At the moment they are already busy building and there are 3 foundations for the houses. Unfortunately, the prices for materials have almost doubled in recent months and it is no longer financially feasible to finish the houses. In addition to literally helping to build, we would like to help with the costs so that all houses can be realized. We need you here! You can contribute in several ways:
  1. *For €25,- you give one stone for a house. A cottage needs 400 bricks to be completely ready to receive guests.
  2. *It is possible to donate a complete house with your church, group, foundation or company! A house can be built for 10,000 and you can give the house a name! (Obviously with Foodstep approval).
  3. *It is also possible to help build the houses in September with a group of friends, family or church, but you must provide for the costs yourself.
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Soccer shoes
A poor family in Africa often does not have enough money to send their child(ren) to school. Therefore, they will soon "force" their daughters to marry early so that they are taken care of. For these young women there is no chance to learn and build on their qualities and gifts. Hope4hope in Kenya has decided to include these young women in the football trajectory. In this way they can build on their qualities and limits and also look for and indicate these. In this way they make themselves more resilient and they are stronger in society. There is such a great enthusiasm that unfortunately there is always a shortage of football boots, balls and clothing. Especially the shoes wear out quickly and playing football barefoot causes the necessary injuries. These girls are very happy with their own pair of shoes! It gives them the chance to fight, train and get stronger in the game. you see the girls liven up day by day. Sometimes they are on the field before dawn and can't wait to get started. Will you help with a new set of football boots? You have no idea how grateful they are to you!  
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have listed a number of frequently asked questions:
How can I send a letter to my sponsored child(ren)?

The easiest way is to send your letter to your sponsor child via the website.

You do that by going to My Account > My Letters to go.
There you can send your letter in 3 steps. You can view and download the submitted letter again later in My letters.

In addition to sending text, you can add (up to) 2 photos to your letter. It is also possible to give a present, which will be used for the children in the home of your sponsor child.

Do you (as a sponsor) not yet have a password? Then fill in the My Account login screen in the Register block your email address and click the REGISTER button. You will then soon receive a link in which you can create a (new) password.

Can I visit the orphanage of my sponsor child?

Yes, this is possible. Project Held organizes mission trips to different countries. When this will be to the children's home where you support a child, we will inform you, so that you can consider taking this journey with us to your sponsor child. If you have any questions, please email to

How long does it take to send a written letter to my sponsored child?

The mail from the Netherlands to the children's home is collected at our office and sent at least twice a year. When a trip is planned to a children's home, the mail will be taken by a team. Your mail must then be at our office at least 1 week before departure. If your mail arrives less than a week before departure, we cannot guarantee that your mail can be shipped. We will inform sponsors in advance when a trip is planned.

If you would like to know when the mail will be sent to the orphanage of your sponsor child, please send an e-mail to

I want to send my sponsor child a gift. Is that possible?

No, it is not possible to send a gift for a specific child. The children generally live in children's villages and children's homes. Receiving gifts can lead to mutual comparisons and jealousy and this can harm the children.

In addition, sending gifts can cause customs problems. Letters with gifts can be removed and the letter with gift will not arrive at your sponsor child. In addition, parcels have high import duties, which means that more must be paid in import duties.

Exceptions to this rule are cards, sticker sheets and photos specific to your sponsored child. Please clearly note the name and sponsor number of your sponsor child on the sheets / photos.

It is possible to give all children in a children's home something extra. For example, you can donate school supplies or a party meal, if you want the kids to share in your party. We do recommend that you do this by means of a donation, so that the goods can be purchased locally. This stimulates the local economy and is cheaper. If you want to know what specific options are, please contact

How long does sponsoring a child take?

The child can join the sponsorship program up to the age of 18. He or she is supported up to and including secondary school. Many children are then able to find a job and support themselves. Sponsoring stops when the child no longer actually lives within the project and can provide for itself. Some children go to college after high school; a separate student sponsorship program has been set up for them. You can read more about that below.

You will be notified when the sponsorship of your sponsor child comes to an end. We therefore ask you to continue the sponsorship for the benefit of another child, if you wish. When your sponsored child has turned 18, you will receive an extra update about your sponsored child with the progress at school and his or her plans for the future.

It is of course possible that the sponsorship ends early because the child can return to family or parent. You will of course be informed by us. It sometimes happens that the sponsorship continues in consultation with the sponsor. This is to pay for medication or to meet special needs, for example. This will of course always be in agreement with the sponsor.

My sponsor child has grown up. What now?

Your sponsored child has completed his or her schooling, has a job and is able to take care of themselves. A suitable living space outside the children's home is often sought in collaboration with the management of the children's home, so that he or she can develop further as an adult.

In some cases a child is older than 18 years, because in practice children sometimes go to school at a later age.

It is also possible that your sponsored child will be employed by the orphanage and continue to live and work there. However, there will be no more sponsorship. It is also possible that your sponsored child can learn well and is admitted to university. In consultation with the management of the home, he or she can be included in the student sponsorship program. This is a different program than the regular child sponsorship. Your sponsorship will therefore expire and will not automatically continue in a student sponsorship. Of course you will receive a message about this and you have the option to (partly) sponsor your sponsor child within the student sponsorship program or to sponsor another child.

What does my sponsored child get for the sponsorship money?

Your contribution of 27.50 euros initially provides for the primary facilities such as shelter, food, education and, if necessary, medication. When additional funds are needed, we try to raise them through project-related campaigns.

What about the children who are not sponsored?

Not all children are sponsored in every children's home. Our aim is to find a sponsor for every child. The children who do not have a sponsor receive no less than the children who do have a sponsor; the finances are divided over the children's home per project. In fact, it means that some children do or do not receive mail and there is less financial support for the children's home in total.

For the well-being of the orphanage we therefore strive to get all children sponsored, so that all basic costs are covered. Some projects also receive support from other organizations, which contributes to the other finances of the orphanage.

How do I cancel the sponsorship?

If you want to end your sponsorship, you can do so by sending an email to Please take into account the notice period of 2 months. We would like to know the reason for termination, in order to investigate whether we should adjust our services. You are of course free to give this reason and it will not affect the handling of the termination.

What happens to my sponsored child if I stop sponsoring?

The child can continue to live in the children's home, but there is less support for the children's home in total. Project Held will therefore immediately look for another sponsor for the child.

Does Project Held have a quality mark?

Yes, Project Held has ANBI status as part of the House of Heroes municipality; Public Benefit Institution. Your gift is therefore tax deductible.

We deliberately do not have a CBF quality mark. However, we do meet a number of important conditions for this quality mark. One of the reasons that we do not have this quality mark is the costs that are charged for this; this would significantly increase our overhead costs. We prefer to spend this money on the projects we support.

What more can I do for Project Held?

Project Held is supported by sponsors throughout the Netherlands. You can sign up for a volunteer or want to share more about Project Held within your municipality or circle, you can do this by sending an email to

It is also possible to support Project Held with a one-time action. For example, there have been schools that have organized a sponsored walk or collection.
It is important that the children in the homes are also prayed for and also for the work that we do. If you would like to pray for them and us, we appreciate it very much. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact or telephone: 0341-424-785

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