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Historical Timeline

Note that the history is shown with the most recent events at the top

October 2017 - Total student and school sponsorships, as well as sponsorship units:

  • Total Students - 1737
  • Haiti - 1,158
  • Mexico - 196
  • Jamaica - 78
  • Guatemala - 231
  • Zambia - 74
  • Schools Sponsored - 127
  • Total Sponsorship Units - 2420

August 2017 - The Child Sponsorship Committee unanimously approved a new building project in Haiti to replace the cramped quarters that MEBSH and HCH personnel use for child sponsorship business.

January 2017 - Due to increasing inflationary pressure, costs to provide tuition, uniforms, books, and teacher assistance continue to rise. The Child Sponsorship Committee decided to raise the monthly student sponsorship fee from $30.00 to $35.00 in primary grades. Similar increases have been applied to secondary grades. This increase applies to all countries except Jamaica where the increase is from $25 to $30. Monthly school sponsorship remains at $125.00.

November 2016 - The Ixtlan School has been added to the individual student sponsorship program with potentially 138 students. A field office will be established there in early 2017.

October 2016 - The Endowment Fund approved $30,000 to support construction of school desks to serve children in Haiti. Many desks were destroyed during Hurricane Matthew.

October 2016 - Total student and school sponsorships, as well as sponsorship units:

  • Total Students - 1741
  • Haiti - 1,176
  • Mexico - 175
  • Jamaica - 91
  • Guatemala - 227
  • Zambia - 72
  • Schools Sponsored - 123
  • Total Sponsorship Units - 2424

October 2015 - Total student and school sponsorships, as well as sponsorship units:

  • Total Students - 1,727
  • Haiti - 1,159
  • Mexico - 165
  • Jamaica - 102
  • Guatemala - 233
  • Zambia - 68
  • Schools Sponsored - 123
  • Total Sponsorship Units - 2,155

December 2014 - The World Relief Board approved $30,000 in funds to support construction of school desks to serve 1,800 students in Haiti.  Many of our schools don’t have enough desks to provide to their students.

August 2014 - The administrators of one of our Christian education partners in Haiti, Help a Child in Haiti (HCH), relocated from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes, which consolidates all of our Haiti child sponsorship management in one central location in Cayes, along with our missionary family, Bro. Mike and Sis. Susie Walder from Smithville, OH.

March 2014 - Total student and school sponsorships, as well as sponsorship units:

  • Total Students - 1,538
  • Haiti - 1,034
  • Mexico - 134
  • Jamaica - 109
  • Guatemala - 201
  • Zambia - 60
  • Schools Sponsored - 110
  • Total Sponsorship Units - 2,060

January 2014 - Four schools in Haiti are participating in a pilot school lunch program, serving approximately 600 students per day. A World Relief sub-committee has been appointed to consider alternative approaches that could make the school lunch program more self-sufficient.

January 2014 - Due to increasing program costs to provide tuition, uniforms, books and teacher assistance, the Child Sponsorship Committee decided to raise the monthly student sponsorship fee from $25.00 to $30.00 and monthly school sponsorship from $110.00 to $125.00, effective January 1, 2014. This increase applies to all countries except Jamaica.

December 2013 - Child Sponsorship’s first full-time missionaries arrived in Haiti: Bro. Mike and Sis. Susie Walder accepted the role of Haiti Child Sponsorship Administrator and relocated from Smithville, OH to Les Cayes, Haiti with their family. Their primary responsibility will be to work in partnership with Child Sponsorship’s local partner organizations to ensure that a Christ-centered education is provided to all students in the program and that agreed-upon educational standards are met by all sponsored schools. In addition, the Haiti CS Administrator will assist with promotion of the program (newsletters, presentations, student letters and testimonials, etc.), as well as coordination of special programming (Bible distribution, school lunch program, etc.).

October 2013 - Total student and school sponsorships, as well as sponsorship units:

  • Total Students - 1,528
  • Haiti - 1,024
  • Mexico - 134
  • Jamaica - 114
  • Guatemala - 199
  • Zambia - 57
  • Schools Sponsored - 105
  • Total Sponsorship Units - 2,097

April 2012 - Five new schools were added in Guatemala:

  • Prince of Peace
  • Sinai
  • San Marcos
  • Los Gozosos
  • Camino

April 2012 - Total student and school sponsorships, as well as sponsorship units:

  • Total Students - 1,505
  • Haiti - 951
  • Mexico - 250
  • Jamaica - 146
  • Guatemala - 134
  • Zambia     - 24
  • Schools Sponsored - 94
  • Total Sponsorship Units - 1,839

October 2011 - Total student and school sponsorships, as well as sponsorship units:

  • Total Students - 1,422Haiti - 915
  • Mexico - 235
  • Jamaica - 144
  • Guatemala112
  • Zambia - 1
  • Schools in Haiti - 85

October 2011- School lunch pilot program was initiated in Bricourt, Haiti.

September 2011 - Timothy House school in Mexico was added to the program.

August 2011 - Committee decides to provide New Testaments and “101 Favorite Bible Stories” books to all third and fifth graders in all fields (plus the “101 Favorite Bible Stories” books were given to all teachers), funded by the Mission Committee.

March 2011 - ACSI Vida school in Guatemala was added to the program.

January 2011 - Bible Story Book distribution program initiated for all students in sponsored schools in Haiti (Approx. 15,000 “25 Favorite Bible Stories” books delivered).

December 2010 - Lifesong for Orphans school in Zambia was added to the program.

April 2010 - ACSI Jesus Salva school in Guatemala was added to the program.

February 2010 - Haiti Earthquake Student Help Fund was established.

December 2009 - Lancaster school in Mexico was added to the program.

  • Oct 2009 - Sponsorships had increased to the level of:
  • Total Students - 1,164
  • Haiti - 743
  • Mexico - 193
  • Jamaica - 155
  • Guatemala - 73
  • Schools in Haiti - 84

April 2009 - HCH child sponsorship donation raised from $21 to $25/month. All primary schools in all fields now at $25/month rate.

January 2009 - Transition from Living Word Ministries to Help a Child in Haiti (HCH) as Christian education partner.

March 2008 - An assistant was added to MEBSH Child Care Office in Cayes, Haiti.

December 2007 - A Child Sponsorship Committee member was added to MEBSH Child Care Board.

September 2007 - The Isaiah 55 school in Reynosa, Mexico was added to the program.

October 2007 - Sponsorships have increased to the level of:

  • Total Students - 979
  • Haiti - 704
  • Mexico - 129
  • Jamaica - 120
  • Guatemala - 26
  • Schools in Haiti - 85

July 2007 - Child Sponsorship conducted a seminar for Living Word teachers in Haiti.

December 2006 - New Beginnings in Jamaica was added as a Field Office.

August 2006 - VES School in Guatemala was added.

June 2006 - Rio Bravo was determined to no longer fit the "poorest of the poor" classification and was discontinued as a Field Office.

September 2005 - Magdalena in Mexico was added as a Field Office.

January 2005 - ACSI Schools in Guatemala City were added.

November 2004 - MEBSH in Haiti began sponsoring Trade School Students.

October 2004 - Living Word Ministries in Haiti added Boucan Moran and Mayette schools with up to 50 students sponsored at each school.

July 2004 - The Morton Child Sponsorship Office moved to new facilities in Morton

April 2004 - ICCD in Jamaica was added as a Field Office with up to 15 students.

April 2004 - World Team pulled out of Child Sponsorship in Haiti and asked ACWR Child Sponsorship to take over their remaining sponsorships.

November 2002 - Living Word Ministries in Haiti added the Hatte Jolibois school to their program

August 2002 - Sponsorships had increased to the level of:

  • CCCD in Jamaica - 76 students
  • MEBSH in Haiti - 192 students and 62 schools
  • Living Word in Haiti - 216 students
  • Ixtlan in Mexico - 25 sponsors for school outreach
  • AMMAR in Mexico - 109 students

October 2001 - Living Word Ministries in Haiti added the Demeline school to the program.

September 2001 - AMMAR, in Juarez, Mexico was added to the program with Bluffton brethren functioning as the Field Office.

The Child Sponsorship Office moved out of Bro Stan and Sis Carol Schick's home to office space in Morton.

July 2000 - Living Word Ministries in Haiti added the Bon Samaritan school to the program.

April 2000 - CCCD in Jamaica added the Knockpatrick Campus to the program.

January 2000 - Software for The Child Sponsorship program was developed and implemented just in time to replace the old program which was not Y2K compliant.

Winter 1998 - Ixtlan in Mexico joined the program with 10 school sponsorship opportunities.

August 1998 - Brochures with an announcement letter were sent to all the Apostolic Christian Churches to officially kick off the Child Sponsorship Program.

Summer 1998 - Living Word in Haiti joined the program.

July 1998 - Pilot phase of the program completed.  The first announcement was made through the Silver Lining.

Fall 1997 - Pilot program with CCCD in Jamaica began.

May 1997 - Pilot program with MEBSH in Haiti began.

February 1997 - Brothers Ken Baum, Tim Butikofer, Stan Schick and Mark Wuthrich traveled to Haiti to investigate child and school sponsorships with MEBSH, Christian Aid Ministries and Palm Grove Schools (Later called Living Word Ministries).

Late 1996 - ACWR Child Sponsorship Program was officially formed.


* Sponsorship Unit = some students, such as those at CCCD schools, live on site, thus requiring room and board, which costs considerably more than our typical monthly sponsorship amount. Therefore, we developed a "sponsorship unit" offering where up to ten sponsors can share a student, each incurring only the normal monthly amount.