FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does my sponsorship provide?
$25 per month provides food, clothing, a place to belong, an education, and an opportunity for a child to learn Christian values and ethics.
Where do I mail my sponsorship to my sponsored child?
Send $25.00 each month to:
PO Box 530758
Henderson, Nevada 89053
How do I send my sponsorship to my sponsored child online?
Through our secure website. Create an Account and follow instructions to enter your personal information and setup automatic or one-time payments.
May I send my sponsorship several months at a time?
Yes, you may send payments in three month, six month or yearly increments. However, you will need to remember when to send your next payment. Or you may contact Carol Davis at email@example.com or just login to www.icmcindia.org to view your transactions online!
Will I receive a tax-deductible receipt?
Yes. We are a 501c3 non-profit corporation here in the USA. 100 % of your gifts are tax deductible. To save on administrative expenses, you will receive one total year-end receipt for tax purposes. If your e-mail is current, you will receive an email receipt each time you give.
How much of my sponsorship gift gets to my child?
100 percent. All of our minimal administrative costs are funded by outside sources and individuals who designated funding for that purpose. ICMC in India uses 100 percent of your sponsorship funds for the care of the whole child – physically, spiritually, and educationally.
If I send extra funds to ICMC, where does it go?
Any undesignated funds you send above your sponsorship amount feeds, clothes, houses and educates all the other orphans who do not have a sponsor. It improves the food, clothing, housing and education of all the children, resulting in improvements for your sponsored child too. If you designate your funds to a certain project (such as land purchase, water projects etc) it will be used specifically for that project.
May I send a birthday or Christmas gift to my godchild?
We discourage physical gifts for several important reasons. Those gifts often get stolen before they arrive at ICMC. ICMC may have to pay customs to receive them. It is unfair to the other children, creating a competitive atmosphere. Often gifts we would choose here in the US are not applicable to them. However, you may send extra money at any time for birthday and Christmas. It will go towards school supplies and backpacks for school or the new outfits or “dresses” that your godchild and all the children will receive for their Christmas and New Years presents. Write to them!!! That is the greatest gift you can give them.
How can I make them feel special if I can’t send them gifts?
Write to them!!! Send them a photo of you and your pets or your children. When we asked children to show us their “treasures” in their little trunks, they pulled out pictures and letters from their sponsors. Things do not love them. People do.
How will my sponsored child communicate with me?
You will receive a newsletter via email every other month updating you on ICMC happenings. If we don’t have your email, PLEASE let us know as this is the primary way we can communicate with you without incurring cost. Your child will also write to you several times a year as part of their school writing projects. Remember that many children only know Tamil so their letters (and yours) are translated. Also, remember that many children are quite young and letter writing skills are often helped along by an adult.
May I write letters to my godchild?
YES! Please DO write letters and send photos of yourself and your family, coloring pages, bookmarks, cards, a deflated balloon…anything that doesn’t change the shape of a letter (such as jewelry). They treasure any communication from their sponsor. It makes them feel very special. Ask questions. Get to know them. They are real children. They love to draw pictures for you and they treasure any communication they receive from you. Consider yourself a mentor in their spiritual and emotional development.
Where do I send my letters to my godchild?
It costs about $1.00 in stamps to send a regular letter. Write AIRMAIL on the front and drop it in the mailbox to:
Indian Christian Mission Centre
Dr. S. Jayaraj Krishnan
Your child's name
House of Peace, Vasanthapuram
Tamil Nadu, India
Can I visit my godchild?
ICMC has comfortable guest accommodations for foreigners. Several teams each year go to India from different parts of the country. If you are interested in visiting, please contact Pastor Jay directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do the children at ICMC come from?
Most are children of widows, prisoners, lepers, or pure orphans left to fend for themselves on the street. Most of the children come to the orphanage by someone dropping them off at the front door because they cannot feed, house or educate them.
What is the accountability structure between ICMC and the USA?
ICMC has an International Council, with US representatives. We also have a US Board of Directors that are committed to visiting ICMC and are accountable to all the requirements of the IRS because of our recognized non-profit status. ICMC is audited annually by a third party auditor. We also send project teams often throughout the year.
Who is on the ICMC Boards?
There is no official International Board, but there are advocates or representatives in Australia, the UK, Ireland, Holland, and the USA. In the USA, we also have an independent US board for the promotion of ICMC support.
Where can I find out more information about ICMC?
View a 4-minute video of the children on the website from the SPONSOR A CHILD page.
Contact us at at email@example.com for sponsor forms, videos of ICMC, references, newsletters, and presentation packets.
How can I sign up or have a friend sponsor another child?
1. Visit the website and Create an Account.
2. Click on Sponsor a Child.
Who can I call with questions?
You may contact Jo Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702.292.2765