Frequently Asked Questions

Project Education India

Why should I choose Project Education India?

LPGM offers a unique opportunity to connect directly with the student you sponsor.

We are a small, nimble organization that is constantly communicating with those who manage the boarding homes and therefore the lives of the students. We host a group trip once or twice a year and if you join us, you will meet the student you support and possibly even his or her family.

How can so little money do so much – education, food, shelter, medical care?

It’s fortunate that a few dollars go a long way. The boarding homes are a ministry of the Arcot Lutheran Church and the Indian Evangelical Lutheran Church. In addition to support through LPGM, the educational program receives assistance from the Indian government (for teachers’ salaries), the Danish government and Danmission, a Danish mission society. In addition, there are local contributions from various sources and parents/families contribute as they are able. It is a truly collaborative partnership.

How old are the students?

Children begin school at age 5 or 6 in the first standard (like U.S. first grade). Children study through the 12th standard, usually age 17 or 18.

How long am I committed as a sponsor?

We ask that you commit to at least one year.

It’s our hope that you will want to support the student(s) for many years. Nearly 400 supporters have been loyal sponsors for more than ten years.

Can I write to my sponsored student?

Yes! While there’s no requirement to write, all sponsors are encouraged to build a relationship with their sponsored student. Writing an occasional letter and praying for the student connects you with the student and gives him/her the knowledge that someone really cares.

Communicate with your student

Your letter will be translated in India. The students are required to respond to each letter that they receive. The young children will draw you a picture and the older students will write a response in Tamil which will be translated to English for you. They are taught to pray daily for their sponsors.

Can I send a birthday or Christmas gift?

Gifts to the students are not encouraged.

A greeting card or short letter with a picture of your family is a prized possession among students. They can easily carry it with them to share with family and friends. Communicate with your student here.

If you want to send something else be sure that it is small and flat and will fit in a letter or card envelope like stickers, hair ribbons, bookmarks, and postcards.

Large gifts that are bulky and/or expensive to mail are inappropriate. A student that receives a lavish gift can be excluded by other students. A large package may not even make it to the LPGM India Office and therefore will not be delivered to your sponsored student.

Please, never send cash to your sponsored student.

An extra amount (above the sponsorship rate) contributed to Project Education India will be added with other extra sponsor contributions to provide a small gift for all of the LPGM sponsored students. We provide one or two such gifts each year.

What happens to these student after they graduate?

Many students return to their villages where they will serve as community and church leaders who will influence higher standards for education, health and productivity.

More and more students are continuing on to extended studies in a variety of disciplines at institutions of higher learning. Some go on to vocational or technical training. Increasing numbers are attending higher education for professions as nurses, doctors, pastors and teachers.

Read a story about 42 boarding home alumni who came to speak with us.

Today, some alumni are in Chennai working as teachers, nurses or pharmacists, as computer scientists or physical therapists. Some are in nearby villages teaching, serving as nurses, and raising a family. As the stories unfolded, the tears streamed down their cheeks and ours with gratitude for what has been given and received.

What is the Christian emphasis in these schools?

Most of the children enter the boarding homes as Hindus. Hindu families will allow their children to be exposed to the Christian faith knowing that they will also receive a very good education. Some become believers through Bible teaching in Sunday school, morning and evening devotions.

This is a very important mission of the Arcot Lutheran Church.

2019 Sponsorship Rate Increase

Why are Sponsorship Rates Increasing?

India has seen massive economic growth over the past few years. The costs of education and care have increased greatly. Since 2012 India has seen an inflation of 43%! In addition to the cost of inflation, LPGM has invested in more ways to protect and lift up the students you sponsor. These investments include dedicated national staff at each boarding home who provide oversight, protection, care, and support to the students as well as overall support for the program.

Can I donate to the Project Education India (PEI) program without sponsoring a specific student?

Yes! If you choose to do this, your gift will join with other donors doing this same thing and will provide sponsorship for students in our program who have not found a sponsor yet.

Will my sponsorship rate increase happen automatically, or do I have to do something?

It depends. No matter how you give, we are requesting your explicit permission to increase your sponsorship amount. Depending on the way you give, we may need your help.

Do you give through an automatic withdrawal from your bank or credit card?

To authorize this increase, please use our online form. Or call us at 612.823.5058 or email us at office@lutheranpartners.org

Authorize My Rate Increase

Do you give your sponsorship through your bank’s automated bill-pay service?

To increase your sponsorship, please contact your bank with the updated sponsorship rate. Unsure of what your new rate will be? Please contact us at 612.823.5058 or office@lutheranpartners.org

Do you receive a reminder from LPGM when your sponsorship is due?

When you receive your next contribution reminder it will include the new sponsorship rate. You don’t need to do anything before then.

I can’t afford the increased sponsorship rate. Now what?

That’s okay! We understand that a $5 increase in sponsorship rates may not be possible for all sponsors. If you are unable or unwilling to sponsor at the increased rate, please tell us! We will work with you to best support your sponsored student.

If I am ahead with my sponsorship payments and have paid my sponsorship into 2020. When will the sponsorship increase rate begin for me?

Thank you for paying your sponsorship rates in advance, this is greatly appreciated! The increased sponsorship rate in your case will begin when the next payment is due. However, you’re certainly welcome to send in an adjusted gift. If you are wondering when the next payment is due, please reach out to us.

If I am late with my sponsorship payments and wish to catch-up, what rate will I be paying?

We hope you will be able to catch up with any outstanding sponsorship payments by the end of June 2019. This will ensure our partners can continue to provide quality care and education for your sponsored student.

If a catch up before the end of June is not possible, whenever you are able, you can pay the old rate for any outstanding amounts. The new sponsorship rate would then be effective as of June 2019 and your future statement will reflect this amount.

Who do I contact if I have any other questions about the sponsorship rate increase?

Please contact the Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry office if you are unsure of what the increase in sponsorship rate means for you or your sponsored student. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you!

612-823-5058 or office@lutheranpartners.org