Breaking the Cycle

It is almost impossible to imagine all of the differences your sponsorship will make in your sponsored child’s life. Without you, there are many barriers to attaining a life worth living. With you, there are golden opportunities for full and fruitful growth.

Your sponsorship provides:

    Formal education and opportunities for secondary education

    Nutritious meals, housing, and clothing

    Preventative healthcare and healthcare for illness, when necessary

    Immeasurable improvement in the sponsored child’s self-worth provided by the assurance that someone in the world knows and cares them

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Go to or contact with questions/inquiries about different types of sponsorships and/or what would be the best fit for you.

Because of the diverse range of needs within our many children, we aim to assess each child and family and meet their needs accordingly. Therefore our levels of sponsorship vary from $40-85 per month. Please see the waiting children page for more information about individual children available for sponsorship.

We have Boarding school sponsorships that provide tuition, room and board and necessary clothing and supplies, as well as a feeding program. We have Private school sponsorships that provide uniforms, clothing, books, supplies, and a feeding program. We have College and Trade School and transitional living sponsorships that are available for both young men and women; these sponsorships give students the tools they need to obtain the types of skilled jobs that will allow them to provide for themselves.  They also provide clothing, supplies, and access to the feeding program.

Private School, Boarding School and TVET/College: $85 per month

University: $65 per month

Local School: $40 per month

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Our Child Sponsorship Program offers you the opportunity to stay with a child for a number of years, usually through Graduation from University or the school year in which the child reaches the age of 18 to 22. (whichever comes first.)

While we hope that you will be able to continue your support of your sponsored child until he or she completes the program, we recognize that circumstances sometimes change. You may discontinue your child sponsorship at any time.

Please understand that a sponsored child’s circumstances may change, too. For example, sometimes families move beyond the reach of our program, some children and families may not abide by the OA Policies, and at that time the child will no longer have the opportunity to participate. We will inform you as quickly as possible if any such circumstance affects the child you sponsor, and we’ll offer you the opportunity to support another child in need of your help.

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Yes, the majority of the time The child you’re helping has just one sponsor: you. That’s why your prayers, letters, gifts, and support mean so much to your sponsored child. In some circumstances, we will seek additional sponsorship for individual children. At that time we will reach out to see if you want to provide the additional aid before finding another sponsor.

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You can write to your child by emailing a letter to or by mailing them to:

Out of the Ashes, PO Box 1928, Lebanon, MO 65536 (letters received via mail will be delivered when OA teams travel to Ethiopia in January and July). You can expect at least two letters a year from your sponsored child shortly after we arrive home from our trips.

Once you become a sponsor, we encourage you to send your sponsored child a personal or family photograph and a short letter of introduction. Our OA staff will translate your message and deliver it to the child you support. Sponsored children typically keep their sponsors’ photos and notes in their homes as treasured possessions.

When you write, your sponsored child will benefit from knowing that someone in addition to his or her family cares. Your words of encouragement will make a big difference to your child. Correspondence between sponsors and the children they support is genuinely developmental. The more you write the child you sponsor, the more he or she will reap the benefits of your relationship.

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Sponsorship provides:

Formal Education

Nutritious Meals, Housing and Clothing

Preventative Health Care


Life skill training


Immeasurable improvement in the child’s self-worth provided by the assurance that someone in the world knows and cares about them.

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We see correspondence with students as a significant part of your sponsorship. We want to encourage sponsors to spend time getting to know their student and support them in their lives and spiritual walk with the Lord. Attaching photos of you and your family (kids keep these for years!), sharing Bible verses, encouraging words, etc. are all encouraged.  We recommend that you write to your student and introduce yourself as his/her sponsor.  Please share any appropriate information about yourself and your family, why you chose to be a sponsor, and that you are very excited about starting a relationship with him/her.

Anything we can do to affirm these children is beneficial. It is essential, however, to also remember that kids often see Americans as people with unlimited resources/means and no problems or challenges.  Therefore, anything we can do to instill values of work ethic, integrity, character, responsibility, etc. within these kids will be a great help.  We want to love these kids, and often one of the most helpful things we can do is instill values that will help them eventually help themselves and live successful, independent lives as healthy, educated Ethiopian adults.

We advise against

    making promises; you may not be able to keep;

    indulging their fantasies/desires about coming to America or being adopted by you;

    any discussion with a child that is not age-appropriate

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Yes! OA teams/sponsors/individuals visiting Ethiopia must have a background check. All visits must be arranged and approved at least six weeks prior to arriving in Ethiopia. It is strictly prohibited to show up unannounced.

Sponsored children and their siblings must not be invited or taken away from their communities unless an OA staff member accompanies the child/children and authorized by a parent (if under the age of 18). Sponsored children are prohibited from staying the night at a guest house/hotel. All visits with the sponsored children will be documented and kept in the sponsor child/children’s file. If a sponsor child is taken out of school or the community without authorization from an OA staff member, the child’s sponsorship will be terminated.

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Payments may be made in annual, quarterly or monthly increments.  To maintain the lowest possible overhead expense, we request quarterly, and monthly payments to be set up as auto payments. Monthly payments are processed the 15th of every month. Quarterly payments are processed August 15th, November 15th, February 15th, May 15th.  Annual payments should be made before August 1st.

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Yes.  Out of the Ashes is an authorized 501(c)(3) organization.  You will receive an end-of-year acknowledgment for tax purposes.

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We deliver gifts in person through one of our mission teams each January and July.  We ask that gifts be limited to no more than $25 value.  Email if you are interested in sending something with a mission team, and a member of our stateside OA staff will let you know when the next group is leaving.

OA supports the Ethiopian community by purchasing gifts, clothing, shoes, and supplies to the extent possible from local Ethiopian retailers. Our deliberate practice of buying locally produced and distributed goods strengthens the local economy by supporting jobs for adults in the community. Furthermore, the cost to transport goods from the US is eliminated, allowing precious funds to be used more efficiently.

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To responsibly ensure the safety of the children in our programs, sponsors should be aware that correspondence with children is not considered a private matter. Our staff monitors and/or translates all emails. Any questionable comments or innuendos will be brought to the attention of executive staff to follow up with the sponsor in question.

We do not recommend that you communicate with your child online. If you do choose to interact online, please do so ONLY to encourage them and not to discuss their current needs or circumstances. It is too much of a temptation for the kids to misrepresent their conditions to receive more money/items from their sponsors. Because we cannot monitor private conversations on social media sites, we encourage the children and sponsors to report any inappropriate conversations to our Executive Director, Stacy Segebarth, at

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It is impossible to imagine all of the differences your sponsorship will make in a child’s life

Education Breeds Confidence

Confidence breeds Hope.
Hope breeds peace.

It is impossible to imagine all of the differences your sponsorship will make in a child’s life


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