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19 December 2004 @ 01:23 pm
child sponsership  
i am going to sponser a child, but i don't know which agency is the best one to go through.
world vision is the first one that springs to mind; but does all the money reach the child?
i've heard things about agencies where too much of the money goes into administration and other things, not where it's needed for the child.

i've been looking at unicef as well, but i think i'd like to actually sponser a child, "get involved" with a child and help that one person, instead of just making a regular donation each month - i know the money goes towards things that are needed - vaccinations, food, clean water - but i really would like to make a difference in one person's life - education, living conditions, whatever.

does that even make sense? does anyone have any thoughts or personal experience with this - agencies that are worthwhile to sponser through (i remember being in the shops one day and there was a stall on child sponsership with some agency and the guy there was quite adament that the money really did go to the child, not just to the agency and it's administration fees, but i can't remember which agency they were). i think donating money is great obviously (i do a payroll donation through work as well for our "community connections" program - just $ 1 a day, but work also matches all our donations dollar for dollar, and it goes towards various programs in the community that need support via a program called united way which helps homeless, disabled and disadvantaged communities throughout australia); but something just calls me to try and touch someone's life in a more personal manner.

any thoughts or recommendations are appreciated, thankyou.

fructiferousfructiferous on December 19th, 2004 03:07 am (UTC)
maybe you could consider supporting an indigenous child in a rural community in australia? we (well, my mum, since i no longer live there) sponsor a child through world vision, but i'm a bit iffy about them because they're a christian organisation and i suspect a lot of the education sponsorship and donations fund incorporates religion. plus, there is no real interaction with the child, you just get a letter (written entirely by a world vision employee) and a picture once a year. i wouldn't be surprised if the child doesn't even know they've been sponsored.

i recommend looking further into unicef, or oxfam. sponsoring a child (really, helping a community) is a great thing to do but i'm always a bit wary of world vision, even though they do great work. if that makes sense? also, if i were going to sponsor a child (and this is just me), i would ask to sponsor a girl because they're often disadvantaged for their gender.

blah blah blah. :) good luck. <3
    scarlet's walk: [icon_goddess] innocencekisstheviolets on December 19th, 2004 03:18 am (UTC)
yes, that is exactly what i was meaning, about world vision :) i will look more into unicef, and i had completely forgotten about oxfam (eep) so will look into them too.
i'm going to sponser a girl as well (that's the first thing my mum said to me when i told her i was going to sponser a child, "make sure you sponser a girl!").
i think world vision definitely do great things, but there are other organisations out there that are lesser known and do just as great work - i'd prefer to go through one of them, if i can find some good ones.

thankyou <3
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    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 20th, 2004 09:10 am (UTC)
i don't know... i'll look into it!
krystallos on December 19th, 2004 04:15 am (UTC)
i'm just skimming right now because i'm about to run, but josh and i helped raise money for world vision (we participated in the 30-hour famine with our youth), and in our research, we found that they're very good about giving the money to the kids. as far as big charities go, they are one of the best, percentage-wise (i think it was something like 85 cents on the dollar? but don't quote me). i'd feel comfortable supporting them. :)
d-elicatehandsdown on December 19th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
I had a World Vision child, and I know it's horrible to deprieve a child because of your own beliefs, but I wouldn't go through World Vision again, actually, my sister and I were both talking about this the other day, we were trying to think of a non-Christian organization. A friend of her's who worked for World Vision said a good percentage of the money DOES go toward the child, i.e. education, but it is Christian based education, bibles etc are a chunk of it. That's just not something that I'm into. So I'm going to look into it more after New Years, atm I'm sponsoring a puppy til he gets adopted :)

Also I need to write you an email about your trip, it's all good, it's just I read yours just before bed and then completley forgot about it, but I will get back to you on that!

    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 20th, 2004 02:07 am (UTC)
Plan International seems really good -- another girl on my friends list told me about this one and i'm just looking through it now. they state they don't have any political or religious affiliations, and from what i've seen, it definitely seems to be a possibility. i've linked the AU site because there wasn't one for NZ, but their head office is in the UK, with offices around the globe.

&thats okay, i'm not at work today anyway so i wouldn't have been able to read it ^_^
Jessica: Slowly Dying by heavenly_iconssweetkisses13 on December 19th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
That is the sweetest thing that I have heard in ages. your such a sweet and caring person.
I do not know about agencies and how they work but, I have been interested in doing the same type of stuff. Let me know what and where you decide to go. I'm quite interested.


pockette on December 19th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)

I don't know much information, but I just wanted to say that you are very, very thoughtful. Especially around the holidays too! I admire you for doing something as generous as this, and I hope that when I have enough money that I can do the same as well.

carmelita: empty placestoomanystars on December 19th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know a lot about it, but my mum used to sponsor a child through ActionAid, and my dad has carried it on since she died. Every so often you get a letter from the child, I think, so I'd assume that the money is going directly to them? It could be something to look into, although after looking quickly through the website, it appears that it's a UK charity so I don't know if it's any good to you - have a look, here, though. :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 20th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
thanks hon!! i'll look into that one for sure :)
foxglovedfoxgloved on December 19th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
Ahhh! I never donated that $10 I was going to. I have no idea where to donate it.
litonya on December 19th, 2004 06:46 pm (UTC)
I currently sponsor a child in Haiti through Plan International. They are a really good organisation and the vast majority of the money they receive go to the children instead of the administration side of things. They give you regular updates on your sponsored child, and you can write letters to them if you wish. Information on sponsoring (for Australia) can be found here.
litonya on December 19th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
Write letters to the *child*, that is! Vanite (the girl I sponsor) sends me pictures and her parents send me letters (she cannot write English yet).
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 20th, 2004 01:25 am (UTC)
thankyou so much -- i'm looking at the site now, and it's fabulous -- i actually think this might have been the organisation that were in the mall that day, that i was trying to think of.
litonya on December 23rd, 2004 09:10 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :) I hope you find the right charity for you.
remember to breatheturtles_path on December 19th, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
I don't have any experience/info to share here, I just wanted to tell you that I think what you are doing is WONDERFUL! :) I will definitely pass on any info that I may come across. <3
mermaidfishnets on December 22nd, 2004 09:36 pm (UTC)
i know its not about being complimented but you are truly a lovely individual. everyone should be giving as much as they can.