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Frequently Asked Questions

Are donations tax-deductible and will I receive a donation statement?

Yes, all donations are tax-deductible in the United States. Yes, at the end of every year, PEH sends a donation statement (tax receipt) to each sponsor with the amount of his or her donations.

Where Does PEH work?

Currently, PEH works with children in the Indian states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab. We are looking to further expand our reach into other parts of India as well.

What currencies does PEH accept?

PEH accepts all currencies.

Where does PEH allocate funds?

All contributions go directly to fund the child’s education and related needs or towards health care, as specified by the donor.

How can I donate to PEH?

PEH accepts donations via our donation page with two primary methods. The first is through credit card processed through paypal. You can donate using credit card even if you don't have Paypal. Information that is provided to PEH will not be shared with any third party in any manner; your information is safe with us. Another option is through a downloadable Microsoft Word form on our website, which can be filled out and mailed to PEH with your contribution. Our mailing address is 3050 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 550 Houston, TX 77056.

How and when did PEH begin?

Pennies for Education and Health (PEH) was founded in January 2003 during an informal gathering in Houston, TX. Basheer Khumawala and his family visited the earthquake and riot-stricken areas of Gujarat, India. Their visit to the refugee camps was something that they could not forget. Seeing the helpless cries of the families and children without any hope for the future spurred them to start this sponsorship program.

How is a child selected for sponsorship?

Local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that are involved with the refugees and the poor identify the children and the families. Once a child has been selected for sponsorship, it is the job of our local representative on site to conduct an assessment of a child’s educational needs and the resources of the family to determine whether or not the child satisfies our criteria. Once the assessment is complete, an application for sponsorship, including the child’s details, a picture (if available), and a brief overview of the child’s family background is forwarded to us. It is from here that sponsors and deserving children are matched based on the donor’s wishes.