Frequently asked questions

How can I volunteer for Life for a Child?

Given the health-related nature of the Programme, it is generally only possible for us to send experienced health professionals on site visits, and, even then, only in certain contexts. These visits are often self-funded and the participant often speaks the language(s) of the country they are visiting, in addition to English. This enables them to connect with the local staff and patients, review the effects of the programme, as well as deliver lectures and training if requested. Life for a Child has also established successful mentoring relationships between developed/developing country centers, and are looking to establish more of these. If you would like to help, please contact us.

Is my donation tax-exempt?

Donations to IDF Life for a Child (USA) Inc. are tax-exempt in the United States. If you are donating from another country, please visit www.lifeforachild.org

Where does my money go?

Donations to Life for a Child are used to provide:

  • Blood glucose meters and strips
  • Insulin
  • HbA1c testing
  • Logistics, capacity building, etc.
  • Diabetes education and camps
  • Health professional training
  • Research
  • Program development*
  • Administration and fundraising
  • *Includes development of educational resources, work in health economics and health system reform, advocacy, program monitoring, etc.

Financial trails and health outcomes are carefully monitored by the Program management team. Site visits of centers by international experts are conducted as needed.

What feedback do I receive?

As a sponsor you will receive a biannual newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with the progress of the Program around the world, and the occasional other news update. You can unsubscribe from emails at any time if you wish. A receipt for your donation will be sent after your donation.

Can I sponsor an individual child?

It is not possible for donors to directly support an individual child in the IDF Life for a Child Program for the following reasons:

    • The time and resources required to gather feedback on individual children for individual donors would be extremely high, and the doctors and nurses who care for these young people in very under-resourced centers must focus on the urgent clinical tasks at hand. Furthermore, the children and youth do not all live in the same area but are widely scattered.


    • There are ethical issues with expressly linking sponsors and children with chronic disease in potentially vulnerable situations.


  • Life for a Child seeks to improve clinical care standards for all young people with diabetes, as well as encouraging best use of limited resources. The cost of support for one child varies substantially from country to country due to variability of government support and other factors including cost of supplies and distance to nearest health service.

Can my association or company help?

IDF Life for a Child (USA) Inc. welcomes expressions of interest from diabetes associations, companies or other organisations. Enquiries can be directed to info@lifeforachildusa.org. Many companies, organisations, and the diabetes community have assisted the Program in numerous ways, including direct donations, employee matched giving/gifts programs, and fundraising activities such as the “Spare a Rose Save a Child” campaign run by US On-line Diabetes Communities.

How can I raise money for Life for a Child?

Start a fundraiser

Can I use the Life for a Child logo when fundraising?

The Life for a Child logo may be used for fundraising purposes on request. Please contact lifeforachild@idf.org to request permission and access the logo.

My center has excellent diabetes education materials for young people — would these be useful to Life for a Child?

Life for a Child is always interested in quality education materials for children, families and health professionals. The Program has a dedicated online section covering multiple world languages. Any suggestions or enquiries can be directed to Angie Middlehurst, LFAC Education Manager. Authors and organizations providing donated materials will be acknowledged and credited. Have we answered your question? If not, send us your question by e-mail.

Would like to run a diabetes awareness campaign — can I use your materials?

Any material available on our website can be freely used. Permission requests are only required if reproduction or translation is involved. If you are interested in reproducing or translating any Life for a Child materials please contact lifeforachild@idf.org. When using existing materials, please correctly acknowledge any material that organizations have generously shared with Life for a Child.

Do you have a question that hasn’t been answered?

Please contact us at info@lifeforachildusa.org.

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