Breaking the cycle of poverty in the garbage dump is an uphill climb, made easier when a friend reaches down to offer a hand up. As an AFE sponsor, you are that child’s advocate. You get to know them by email correspondence and the exchange of letters and pictures. You pray for them and support their education in AFE’s holistic ministry. And you tell others about the plight of children in the garbage dump. Sponsorship is a great way to make a difference in the lives of children struggling in poverty.


START SPONSORING A CHILD TODAY...

Just $36 a month provides for the development needs for one child at AFE.

  • A balanced, nutritious meal at school
  • Government-approved education
  • A caring teacher who serves as a positive mentor
  • Health care as needed
  • Weekly transportation to church


When you sponsor a child you will receive:

  • An email newsletter updating you about AFE's progress
  • The opportunity to communicate with your child by email
  • A Christmas Card from your child in December

how to sign-up

CLICK HERE* to be redirected to our secure online giving site and enter the following information...-


Givers Information...

Enter your Name, Address, and other information

This information is used to create your online giving account.


Account Information...

Enter the amount and frequency for your donations...

$36.00 Monthly

$108.00 Quarterly

$432.00 Annually

Specify your Account Type and enter the account details

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or ACH (checking or savings account)


We recently changed donation websites.  The Egiving donation site was closed May 1st as part of our transition to the new site. Please help us by setting up your donations/sponsorships on the new donation site. Go to: AFE DONATIONS or call Jana or Marianne for help setting it up (contact info below). We still have a lot of donors who have not yet converted to the new system.


Here are some donation transition FAQs:

What will happen with my current automatic donations?
Since we have changed donation websites, we ask for our donors with automatic donations to set up their donation again on the new donation website. We would be happy to assist you with setting up the new account and the old account was closed on May 1st so we ask for your help in setting up your donation information on the new donation site as quickly as possible.


Do I have to go in and cancel my old donation?

ALL automatic donations were cancelled on the old system after they process in April so feel free to set up your new account with a May donation date to continue donating. You can go to our new donation site by clicking this link:  AFE DONATION SITE


What happens with my existing child sponsorship?

We have had no changes to our child sponsorship program except the donation payment process. Please see the above information to set up your child sponsorship donations on the new site.


Do you still need more sponsors?

Yes, we have MANY kids who are still in need of a sponsor. We would be happy to email profiles of some of the children available. Just email Jana at jgoad@afehonduras.org for more information. 


Why can't you just move the info without me?
For your protection, we don't have access to your payment information (only the last 4 digits) so we need to receive that information again from you to put it on the new donation site. Either you can enter it yourself or feel free to call us and we can enter it for you. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this causes our donors and we are very grateful for your help with it.


How can I continue donating?

Electronic donations:
Visit LINK TO NEW SITE for one-time or recurring donations.


Mailing a check:
Trash Mountain Project
Attn: AFE School
1555 NW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS 66618


Who can I contact with questions?

AFE Child Sponsorship
Jana Goad
jgoad@afehonduras.org
(425) 395-4623

Donations
Marianne Baumchen
marianne@trashmountain.com
(785) 246-6845


Thank you again for ALL your past and future prayers and support! You are making a huge difference in the lives of children from the Tegucigalpa city dump! 



Additional general FAQs are below:

frequently asked questions

WHAT DOES MY SPONSORSHIP DONATION PROVIDE?

In a country where the average academic level is the 6th grade, your sponsorship donation provides an education for children from the garbage dump through high school. It helps pay for a Honduran teacher’s salary, school supplies, and uniforms (for the older children). Families from the garbage dump typically eat one meal of rice and beans a day (and whatever else they can find in the trash during the day). Children at AFE are provided with a full nutritious lunch, with meat and fresh fruits and vegetables. Another problem in the garbage dump community is the fight for positive role models. If someone can get out, they typically do not come back, leaving a void and a desperate need for leaders. AFE’s Christian teachers and staff mentor children from the garbage dump and help them to have big dreams for their future. Garbage laborers make, an average, one dollar a day. They live day-to-day and it is very hard to save for their future. If a crisis occurs (such as injury or illness, or threats from gangs), garbage-scavenging families are in a particularly precarious situation. AFE provides crisis support for families who find themselves with nowhere else to turn.


WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I MAKE MY FIRST DONATION?

After AFE receives your first donation, you will be sent your child’s profile and picture by email. You can then begin communicating with your child by email. Please send all emails to afehonduras@gmail.com and write the name of your child in the subject line. A volunteer at AFE will help translate and facilitate communication.


CAN I CHOOSE WHICH CHILD I WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR?

In the “Comment” section, you may write your first and second preference for children you would like to sponsor. Or you can simply leave the comment section blank and we will match you with the child most in need of sponsorship at that time. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences, but cannot guarantee that you will get the child of your choice.


I AM ALREADY SPONSORING A CHILD. HOW DO I MAKE CHANGES TO MY ACCOUNT?

If you are already sponsoring a child and would like to make any changes to your account (i.e. form of payment, amount of payment, update credit card information, etc.) click here to access your account.


AM I THE ONLY ONE SPONSORING MY CHILD?

$36 a month does not cover all of the programming and services AFE provides to help children escape from the garbage dump. Thus, each child has the opportunity to have two sponsors of $36 a month each. Additionally, AFE partners with the World Help Organization which has its own program of sponsorship and helps support AFE’s operational costs. Additionally, children in the nursery have AM and PM sponsors.


IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes, AFE partners with Trash Mountain Project, a ministry based out of Topeka, Kansas that works with AFE and several other trash dump communities around the world. They will provide you with a receipt of your tax deductible giving along with an annual giving statement.


CAN I GIVE MY CHILD A GIFT?

AFE’s ministry strategy is to encourage those trapped in poverty to take pride in their work instead of asking for hand-outs. Our sponsorship program is more about the relationship between student and sponsor than about gift-receiving. Additionally, we don’t want some children to feel left out if they do not receive a gift. If you would like to send your child something small (like a picture drawn by one of your children), you can send your child a “gift” that fits in an 8” x 11” envelope.


WHAT IF MY CHILD DROPS OUT AND NO LONGER ATTENDS AFE?

AFE makes every possible effort to keep its children in school. If a child stops coming to classes, he or she receives a home visit and intervention to find out why he or she is not coming and what AFE can do to help. However, sometimes children move. And more often, unfortunately, sometimes children simply drop out of school with their parents’ permission. The Honduran government does not enforce school participation as CPS does in the United States. If you child drops out, AFE alerts the sponsor once it has been decided that the child is not coming back (usually about three months after the child first dropped out and has received home visits). The sponsor is then given the option to sponsor another child or discontinue their sponsorship. The great thing about AFE is that since it is connected with a church (Amor y Vida in the Linda Miller community), often children who have dropped out of school will come back to the church community after a couple years when they have families of their own.


CAN I VISIT MY CHILD?

You can visit your child at the AFE School if you come on a mission trip with AFE. For the safety of the child, AFE does not allow home visits. If you have any questions, please contact Jana Goad.