Let us put our sponsorship cost into perspective. Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided estimates of expenditures on children from birth through age 17. For the United States, the 2015 annual child rearing expense was estimated at $12,350 or $1029 per month.
The Department of Health and Human Services for 2017 estimated the annual child rearing expense for poverty level in the U.S. at $6,150 or $513 per month.
In October 2015 the World Bank defined the new international absolute poverty line at $1.90 a day or $58 per month.
You can see from the chart that PHW’s child sponsorship costs are above the Worldwide Absolute Poverty Level, well below the US Federal Poverty Level, and significantly below the cost for a typical U.S. family.
We do not want our PHW kids living at the poverty level. We want their lives to be a delight; for them to have the opportunity to flourish like our own children.
At PHW we believe that excellence honors God and inspires people. Therefore, we seek a paradigm shift away from “enough” to “excellence” that helps us view the orphaned and vulnerable children as God sees them and in the same way we view our own children…. as unique children with special God-given gifts and talents to be nurtured and developed to become all He created them to be.
The prevailing paradigm in our world today views orphans and vulnerable children as second-rate humans who somehow don’t need and deserve the same level of love and care as children in stable families and/or socioeconomic classes – they aren’t “our own” – so why should they get anything more than leftovers.
When we provide only the basic needs, the children often are undereducated and given bare-bones medical attention, nutrition, and other care. They are given no opportunity to develop their unique, God-given sets of skills and talents. Instead, they are oppressed and abused directly and indirectly (through neglect and apathy), every day of their lives. At PHW excellence has at its center someone who is willing to care for our orphans and vulnerable children as if they are their own.
PHW has been operating since 2009 and we have a detailed history of expenses for what it takes to provide excellent holistic care for each child.
Your participation at whatever level you choose is always appreciated; whether as a Partner Sponsor or a Sole Sponsor. PHW thrives through the hearts of people like you who want to maximize the impact of their lives and leave an eternal legacy by providing a living illustration of the gospel thru the care of orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world.