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#1 keepnthafaith

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:18 PM

Hi all

I am thinking about sponsoring a child, trying to teach the kids there are people who are very less fortunate than them and that you should help these people. The older 2 are only 5 & 3 so i thought sponsoring a child around their age may make them understand a little more.

I was just wondering if anyone has done this before? I've heard stories about the money not actually going to the children/families, does anyone know if this is actually true?

#2 Apageintime

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:24 PM

how about something like Kiva.org?
It's micro loans where you choose to sponsor a project, who them pay the loan back, and you can re-invest the money in something else?

#3 keepnthafaith

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:25 PM

have never heard of it! i will check it out! thank you.

#4 Fr0g

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:27 PM

We sponsor a little boy, and have corresponded for several years. I *guess* the support gets to E and his family, but it's not the amount we give. I think it goes towards the community.

We also use Kiva; let the kids select the business snd away you go, with  as little as $20. Just browsing the website is learning experience.

Edited by FrogIsAFrogIsAFrog, 03 October 2012 - 02:29 PM.


#5 katpaws

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:28 PM

You could sponsor an Australian child - the Smith Family has a program.

You can even sponsor an Australian adult in higher education.



#6 keepnthafaith

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:36 PM

i didnt even know you could sponsor an Australian child!!! going to look into both kiva and an australian child.

Thanks!

#7 sandgropergirl

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:37 PM

The Smith Family great. The system means all your donations go to the child. Corporate sponsors pay for the admin

#8 katpaws

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:45 PM

Another idea is the Oxfam gift for disadvantaged villages ie sheep etc. As you can get different things, it may engage the children more.

We do a World Vision child, but we are aware of the costs involved with admin and advertising etc. We asked World Vision to stop sending us advertising material etc because it was waste of money (in our opinion). However, we are ok with the sponsorship.





#9 giggleandhoot

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:46 PM

We are going to do this...we'll put one under our 'work' will do one child and 'us' another. We're going to sponsor a watoto baby and watoto child. You can google watoto if you like. We had 2 of the watoto kids stay at our house and fell in love with them and the whole watoto group and concept.

#10 keepnthafaith

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:48 PM

smith family looks great! think i might look at ways of earning extra pocket money so i can sponsor a few!!

does anyone sponsor a child through them? do they contact you at all? can you give them extra like clothes & shoes ect? or is it just a donation and you don't hear anything back kind of thing?

#11 dimensionk

Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:55 PM

I very, very highly recommend Cambodian Kids Foundation.

They are amazing. 100% of your money goes to the cause and you are more than welcome to visit. The difference they have made to these people's lives is incredible.

The family that started is wonderful too. Such beautiful people. The daughter started it when they went on a holiday there and she wanted to do something to help. There are a lot of young people involved.

A family member of mine is on the board and does fundraisers and has been over there to help many times.

I think it's partly because they're small that they are able to accomplish so much.

Their fundraisers are a lot of fun, and plenty of events are suitable for young children (if you happen to be in Melbourne).

https://www.facebook.com/cambodiankidsfoundation
http://www.cambodiankidsfoundation.org/

#12 Overtherainbow

Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:06 PM

We've sponsored through compassion for over 10 years and believe they do a great job.

#13 MintyBiscuit

Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:29 PM

QUOTE (keepnthafaith @ 03/10/2012, 02:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
smith family looks great! think i might look at ways of earning extra pocket money so i can sponsor a few!!

does anyone sponsor a child through them? do they contact you at all? can you give them extra like clothes & shoes ect? or is it just a donation and you don't hear anything back kind of thing?


I sponsor a child through The Smith Family, started about six months ago. I've received a profile of my sponsor child and a couple of little letters and even some drawings (he's 7 years old) and I also completed a profile at the start and have sent letters. They encourage both sponsor and child to correspond as much as possible, and you can also send birthday and christmas gifts if you like. The program's main drive is education, so the money goes to the student and also to help pay for the Learning for Life tutors.

I would highly recommend it original.gif

#14 ReadySetRace

Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:45 PM

I have sponsored children through world vision over 12 years and can highly recommend it. I have been to my sponsored community in Chile and was delighted by what I saw. The money doesn't go to individuals but to resources the community can use. For this outer metropolitan community, this was a kindergarten, a library, a computer lab and adult education classes - to enable the parents to get jobs.

Good on you OP for considering donation - I think "giving" is under-emphasised in Australia compared with US or UK, and most of us really are so fortunate in comparison to the rest if the world. DH said last night, " we won the lottery of birth" when watching a documentary last night - so true.

#15 keepnthafaith

Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:48 PM

Thanks for all your replies!

Have just sponsored a child through the smith family & have also decided to donate all money i make through my small clothing business to them.

my family and i have waaaay more than we could ever possibly need so i think its a good time for us to help people who have nothing compared to us.

Kids are even going to sell some of the toys they no longer use and donate that money!

#16 keepnthafaith

Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:55 PM

QUOTE (doctorseuss @ 03/10/2012, 04:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have sponsored children through world vision over 12 years and can highly recommend it. I have been to my sponsored community in Chile and was delighted by what I saw. The money doesn't go to individuals but to resources the community can use. For this outer metropolitan community, this was a kindergarten, a library, a computer lab and adult education classes - to enable the parents to get jobs.

Good on you OP for considering donation - I think "giving" is under-emphasised in Australia compared with US or UK, and most of us really are so fortunate in comparison to the rest if the world. DH said last night, " we won the lottery of birth" when watching a documentary last night - so true.



Your DH is right! we are so very lucky. Here i was thinking ugh my kids need an ipad each for xmas......um NO they don't way too many kids out there cant even afford a school uniform or proper food and im thinking about buying an ipad for small kids! Pretty sure the kids will survive without one.

#17 Lolpigs

Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:39 PM

Just watch how much of your donation goes to the actual community. World Vision takes a larger than most chunk of theirs in "admin fees"

Another good way to donate is via Kiva

http://www.kiva.org/

#18 Agnodice the Feral

Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:49 PM

I despise Kiva and other micro finance loans. Did you know that inability to repay a micro finance loan is a leading cause of suicide among women in developing countries? They borrow $100, their business fails for reasons beyond their control, and they are so worried about the shame that they kill themselves. Also many microfinances are provided on a village security basis - if one person does not repay their loan, no one else in the village will be allowed to get a loan. Another reason women kill themselves instead of default.

Kiva does not provide loans directly. The woman who needs a sewing machine that you sent $100 to? Already got given that money by the local micro finance charity (which may or may not have rules like the one I've mentioned above). They put their request into Kiva who reimburse them their loan with your loan.

Microfinance has been demonstrated conclusively to NOT improve business outcomes. Yes, women need money. But they are just as careful with it If it is money donated to them as if it were a loan. Because the women who seek money for projects are hard working, honest, industrious and want to improve their lives and that of their children. So why not just freaking give them the money?

#19 spersephone

Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:56 PM

I did it for a long time until my sponsor child was old enough to not need it any more - about 17 I think.  But we chose not to continue as we were struggling to find that amount each month and decided it was better put aside for our children instead.

When I'm financially better off, I'd like to do it again.  I got updates once a year and it made me feel good.

#20 Vampirella

Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:59 PM

World vision are dodgy in my opinion, regarding the distribution of donated funds. They are also a religious evangelical organisation, which I avoid like the plague.  I prefer to donate to other orgs.

#21 jessie123

Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:10 PM

QUOTE (Vampirella @ 03/10/2012, 04:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
World vision are dodgy in my opinion, regarding the distribution of donated funds. They are also a religious evangelical organisation, which I avoid like the plague.  I prefer to donate to other orgs.


In what way are they dodgy ?


Thanks you MsN for the information regarding Kiva. I agree I would rather just give the money as a donation.

#22 Lolpigs

Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:05 PM

Re: Kiva; money isnt free. I don't know what teaches responsibility more and tbh the risk is all on the person lending as there is really no way to get the person to repay if they dont want to/cant. These are loans for buisnesses btw, not the same as a donation via an organisation like WV.
I would be happy to just give them the money, however there is no facility for me to do that except via Kiva which is a loan. So be it.

WV are dodgy beucase they take so much of your money in admin fees, least that is how they used to roll, I havent sponsered with them for a long time.

CCF used to be the best of them all as majority of your money went to the people in need or Doctors without borders, not sure about now?

Edited by Lolpigs, 03 October 2012 - 07:05 PM.


#23 nene

Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:08 PM

I've loaned 68 times with Kiva over the past 6 years.  With all those loans I have only had one lady default.  I just looked through my portfolio and their statistics - the average default rate is 1.02%

99% of my loans have gone to women and I have chosen dozens of different countries around the world.  

I'm not sure how you would just donate directly so I feel it's better doing something through Kiva than nothing...

I have sponsored a number of children through World Vision for the past 29 years and have not had a problem with them.  
I am however looking at smaller and more personal forms of sponsorship in the future.  DD's school just sent a group of Year 11 students to Cambodia with the Tabitha Foundation to build houses.  my family purchased one house to be given to a family.  They  have to pay $50 US dollars towards the house which they say takes a family between 3 & 5 years to save up?  they are then given the house.  We received a wonderful photo of both the students who built the house (really only 4 walls, a floor and roof sad.gif and the Cambodian villagers and family who will live in the house.

I much rather prefer this personal method of sponsorship now although I will keep the 3 sponsor children we have now until they finish the program.

#24 copham

Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:18 PM

I currently sponser an Australian child through the smith family. I pay either $39 a month or you can pay $468 in one payment (i pay yearly) You get a information pack, can send them gifts for birthdays and christmas and its very helpful to the students. Mine is in primary school and often writes to thank me for my donations as she can now go on school excursions and have new uniforms. Its an amazing feeling. I personally wont donate overseas but not because I think they are dodgy I would just rather help the children in Australia first.

#25 luke's mummu

Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:32 PM

I have sponsored a child thru world vision for 13 years, she has just finished up due to being 16.

My parents used to sponsor an Australian child thru the Smith Family - they loved it, but were quite ross about being "suggested" to send cash/gift vouchers for Christmas and Birthdays - as my parents were on a pension and had budgetted quite closely for the monthly repayments and my mother was planning on knitting some clothes and posting them for Christmas, but they were told no - cash or gift vouchers only.

So it's worthwhile before you sign up asking what is expected for Christmas and birthdays. World Vision will send me a card to sign and ask I post it back and they ask for a $5 admin fee for it.




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