The Covenant and World Vision share a deep commitment to the people of Congo.
The Covenant has been in the remote Equateur Province since 1937. Working alongside our Congolese friends, the work (known as the CEUM) has grown to more than 1,600 congregations, 5 hospitals, 90 medical clinics, a school system serving 60,000 students, and micro-enterprise projects. World Vision has been in other areas of Congo for 40 years. Joining together in Equateur, this unprecedented partnership will provide a "journey of transformation," in addition to the spiritual work carried out through the congregations of the CEUM. This proven community development model for sustainable long-term solutions is built on World Vision's 60 years of experience building a better world for children.
Watch Gary's Invitation
"Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision...this is the body of Christ coming together in a God-birthed partnership to take on a God-sized challenge. Will you join us?"
- Gary Walter
Evangelical Covenant Church President
Learn About Sponsorship
How do I sponsor a child?
First, choose a child to sponsor. Then in approximately 10 days, you’ll receive your sponsorship Welcome Kit in the mail. Your kit includes a photo, more information about your sponsored child, and a postcard that you can send to him or her.
You can send an email to your child right away by creating a My World Vision account. The email will be printed off in Congo and delivered to your child.
In the next few months, watch the mail for your first letter from your sponsored child. Once a year, you’ll receive an annual progress report about your sponsored child with a new photo. You’ll also receive monthly community updates via email.
How does child sponsorship work?
Sponsorship helps children living in extreme poverty by developing programs that create sustainable development for the whole community. The benefits you help provide will extend to each child’s family, their community, and other children in need.
That’s because the Covenant Church and World Vision plan and work alongside local leaders to help build healthy communities for children in the city of Gemena. The ECC, World Vision, and the Covenant Church of Congo partner with your sponsored child’s community over the long term to address critical needs — ultimately helping the community rise out of poverty.
“Thank you to all those who are sponsoring children here, because you are giving hope,” said Fred Kasongo, the director of the northwest zone for World Vision DR Congo. “You cannot imagine how what you are doing has contributed to the well-being of children here.”
Will I get to know my sponsored child?
You’ll have the chance to build a one-to-one relationship with your sponsored child that could change both your lives through letters, photos, birthday cards, and more. “When I got a letter for the first time, I received it with joy,” said Benedicte, a 12-year-old girl in the CKC program. “I wrote to my sponsor to say that I like to play with my friends, and I love him very much. I want to tell my sponsor thank you.” Learn more about communicating with your sponsored child here.
Will Covenant Kids Congo work like other World Vision sponsorships?
Yes! Through Covenant Kids Congo, you can sponsor a child who lives in the Gemena community of DR Congo. As a sponsor, you can write and receive letters from your sponsored child. You’ll also be able to send gifts to your child, both material and monetary, as specified on the World Vision website. Monthly donations will be made in the name of the child and will contribute toward critical community needs for transformational development. Children, their families, and the greater community will benefit from clean water, education, healthcare, food resources, and economic development.
When you sponsor a child, you’ll be able to set up a My World Vision account, which allows you easy online access to information about your child. There you can email your child and send special monetary gifts for their birthday and Christmas. You’ll also receive an annual progress report in the mail and community updates via email.
World Vision and the Evangelical Covenant Church are partnering together in your sponsored child’s community, and we are committed to donor privacy. As part of the joint nature of this work, your sponsorship information will be shared between these two parties. We will not rent, sell, or exchange your information with any organization outside of this partnership.
Are there more ways I can help?
If you are passionate about Covenant Kids Congo and want to do more, join our team of adult volunteers. These volunteers, called Child Ambassadors, give of their time and their talents, sharing within their church communities about how sponsorship changes the lives of children and families in Congo. To get involved, give us a call at (773) 442-6578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.