SMI brings hope to the caregivers, by walking alongside them. This empowers them and brings stability, enabling them to make better life-giving choices for their children.
Our team continually shares Jesus's love with everyone we serve. Sponsorship enables the children and caregivers to build a personal loving relationship with Jesus.
Children and their caregivers build relationships with our caring team who help them walk through the challenges of life, which builds confidence and inspires them to dream about their future.
SMI provides life-giving care, encouragement and love to children in Uganda.
Your monthly gift of only $39 ensures the children have access to life-changing benefits like medical care, education and so much more.
Partnering with local village & boarding schools to provide educational opportunities
Providing much needed water through special projects like wells and water catcher systems
Helping to provide food, mattresses, mosquito nets, school shoes and more
Loving care and services provided by the SMI Health Center
Counseling, educating and empowering the youth to become successful citizens
Sponsorship in action
Watch our sponsorship video below to learn more.
A monthly gift of only $39
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As a family, we were looking for an opportunity to share our blessings with other children and to have a personal connection with the children we support. On one of my trips, I had the chance to spend a morning with one of the girls we sponsor. I was able to hand deliver a letter, spend time with her caregiver who is her JaJa (grandmother) and then walk with her to school. If you are looking for a way you can have an immediate impact in the world, I encourage you to sponsor a child through SMI.
Rob, SMI Sponsor
our Sponsorship Booklet by mail.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does my monthly donation go directly to my child?
Our sponsorship model gives sponsors a personal relationship with their sponsored child while nurturing the partnership with the guardians and families we are working with. Through the donations from our family of sponsors, we are able to facilitate our programs and provide the resources needed that will create long-term success and bring true transformation. We do not give money directly to the guardians/families, but instead use these funds to help with supplemental food, education, medical care and other necessities.
Am I the only sponsor for a child?
Show Mercy's sponsorship program is tailored to meet the needs for each individual child. No situation is exactly the same and the needs are unique depending on the child. Some children only need basic support and education and have only one sponsor. However, others are attending boarding schools or instiutions of higher learning and are assigned multiple sponsors to cover the extra costs of the increased care they receive. Other children may have special medical needs requiring additional support. With a family of sponsors working together, we can provide individualized care for each child in our program based on their needs.
Does my child live in an orphanage?
NO. The majority of the children we are working with live with a parent, guardian or foster home. We believe that the best situation for a child is to be with parents or foster parents where they can learn to live in the culture God has placed them in. We then work with the care givers to provide financial, emotional and spiritual assistance to them in raising their own children. While there might be cases where an orphange is the only option, the majority of children living in orphanages or children's homes could thrive outside of an orphanage if given the opportunity to do so. Children are a gift from God and we believe the best place for them is in a family if at all possible.
What if my child leaves the Show Mercy program?
On occasions, your child may have to move or withdraw from the sponsorship program. This can be a number of reasons, including families relocating to other villages or extreme discipline issues. If this happens, we will inform you and assign another wonderful child in need of love and care for you to sponsor. SMI will also mail you a packet of information about your new child.
May I visit my sponsored child?
Yes and we encourage it. SMI has planned trips several times a year that you are welcome to join. On this trip, you will have the chance to meet and spend quality time with your sponsored child. We ask that you do this through an organized Show Mercy trip and not independently. However, if you are visiting Uganda independently, you are welcome to set up arrangements through our SMI team to visit your child. The children often ask when their sponsors will visit them. They get so excited to meet and spend time with those who have sown into their lives both financially and through encouraging letters. You will certainly be impacted in a powerful way when you come and visit the child that has been a part of your life.
How long is my sponsorship commitment? What happens to my child if I have to stop my sponsorship?
Depending on the age of the child and where they are currently in school, will determine how long the child is a part of the SMI program. If you make a commitment to sponsor a child and are unable to continue, we ask that you help us find a new sponsor for that child. You can help by encouraging your friends or family to adopt your sponsorship so we can continue helping your child. We try to offer every child support at least through secondary school. Many also continue to university or trade schools depending on their educational results.
What will I receive as a sponsor?
May I write to my sponsored child?
Yes, you may. We encourage you to write to your sponsored child. Cards and letters must be mailed to our US office where they will be forwarded to the children periodically.
May I send gifts to my sponsored child?
It is very challenging to send gifts from the US to Uganda. Since space is limited when we travel we only allow items that are flat and will fit into a 6×9 envelope or Ziploc bag. You might consider sending small photo albums with pictures, book marks, stickers, pencils, etc. We ask that you not send candy or money to the children. We also ask that you remove all packaging and waste. Since Uganda does not have a waste management program like we do here in the states, trash/waste is challenging to dispose of, especially plastics.
Will Show Mercy remind me of when my support is due?
You have the option of paying for the whole year at one time, or donating monthly. We encourage you to consider either setting up an automatic “bill pay” with your bank, setting up a monthly electronic debit from your account (e-check) or providing a credit/debit card for us to charge each month to cover your sponsorship. If you choose to donate monthly by check, we will also include a remittance envelope with your receipt for you to mail your next donation in.
How can I pay for my sponsorship?
We try to make it as convenient as possible for all of our partners when it comes to making your sponsorship donations. You can pay with a check, money order, cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. We can even receive a voided check from your bank account and have the funds withdrawn each month on a date that you choose. If you pay monthly, we will send you a monthly acknowledgement that will include an envelope for your next month sponsorship. You can also choose the frequency of your sponsorship. You can pay monthly, quarterly or yearly. Debit/credit cards or e-checks are preferential to Show Mercy because they provide less administrative expenses and time to process. However, whatever way you choose will be greatly appreciated by the children you are supporting.
What if I want more detailed information?
We have a detailed sponsorship booklet we would be glad to mail to you. It has much more information for those who are interested in learning more. Please contact us and we would be glad to mail you one.