Send a Gift

As a child sponsor you have the option to send your child 2 types of special gifts, the first being a monetary gift and the second being a gift package. Of course there are benefits and disadvantages to each type of gift. This page is meant to help you understand those better and to help you get your special gift to your child no matter which option you choose!

MONETARY GIFTS
At BGM we encourage monetary gift for several reasons

• It’s the most secure way to send a gift to your child • It allows for your child’s social worker in Uganda to purchase an appropriate gift for your child that best suits the child’s needs
• It saves money on costly postage costs, allowing 100% of your gift money to go towards the child’s gift
• Gifts are cheaper to purchase in Uganda, Meaning that the money you send will have greater purchasing power and result in a larger gift than it would if it was purchased in the United States or UK
We suggest monetary gifts of $20-$30 as Christmas, birthday or special family gifts
All monetary gifts will be sent to BGMs monthly wire transfer to Uganda and the staff in Uganda will help your child choose an appropriate gift item to spend the money on.

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT SEND MONETARY GIFT DIRECTLY TO UGANDA, THEY CAN NOT BE CASHED IN UGANDA AND WILL BE DESTROYED BY THE UGANDAN STAFF.

SENDING PACKAGES

At BGM we discourage sponsors from sending packages to Uganda for several reasons
• The international mail system is not secure, it is possible for packages to arrive incomplete, damaged or not at all.
• Sending packages is expensive. A package weighing 1Ib can cost a minimum of $10-$15
• Packages valued at $50 or more are charged customs fees in Uganda, if the fee are too costly, there is a chance the package will never be retrieved from the post office.
• There have been several instances of children never receiving your packages due to these and other factor.
If you would still like to send a package, make sure you write your child’s ID number on each item you enclose. Remove the items from their original packaging and place each item in a clear Ziploc bag for easy identification by customs agents. When filling out the customs form, make sure that you do not attach high values or enticing description to the items that you send as they are more likely to be stolen that way. Please avoid the following items:

• Perishable food items
• Anything requiring electricity or batteries
• T-shirts with writing or logos
• Anything of great value

When sending hand written letters or packages to your sponsor, please do not use your own home or business return address. Your packages should be addressed as follows in the below sample, making sure that you place your child’s name and unique ID in the mailing address.