HCEF's Child Sponsorship Program links a sponsor in the West with a student in the Holy Land. Sponsorships foster unity in Christ among Arab and Western Christians and help Holy Land Christian schools continue to provide quality Christian education in difficult economic times.
Why Do Christian Schools Need Our Help?
The Holy Land's Christian Schools face a critical financial situation. Prior to the start of the Intifada, Holy Land Christian schools were running large deficits. These deficits have risen sharply this year as families are no longer able to pay tuition. Schools are hard-pressed to cover operating costs, teachers salaries, maintenance, etc.
While private schools typically turn away students who cannot pay tuition, the Holy Lands Christian schools recognize the importance of their role in preserving the Christian presence. Thus they subsidize the tuition of Christian students whose families cannot pay which, at present, are the great majority of students. The schools, however, cannot continue to cover their large deficits and need our help.
A Call to All Christians and Churches in America
There are over 15,000 Christian students in Christian schools throughout Palestine, Jordan, and Israel. HCEF hopes to find sponsors for all of these children from amongst concerned Christian faithful in the West.
Sponsorship Builds Solidarity
Individuals, families, church organizations, and school groups can sponsor a child in the Holy Land. Sponsorship builds a real, interactive relationship between the Holy Land child and his or her sponsor. A photo of and information about the student are provided to the sponsor, along with a certificate and accompanying material. Communications between sponsor and child are exchanged on Easter, Christmas, and within the first two months of the school year.
Sponsorship is Ecumenical in Nature
Sponsorship involves children from all denominations, and the sponsor's contribution goes directly to the child's school rather than to the child's family. Sponsorship is intended to help the schools continue to provide a solid Christian education and thereby benefits the entire student body.
HCEF's Child Sponsorship Program Gets
Maximum Benefit From Your Donation
$300 a year or $25 a month helps support the Christian education of a child in a Christian School, which costs roughly $900 per student. We direct a greater portion of funds to school support than other Christian organizations with sponsorship programs in the Holy Land.