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#1 K2010

Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

I would really love to sponsor a child but am a bit confused about which organisation
To go with ...
Anyone have any good or bad experiences they would like to share ?
My husband is hesitant as to whether the money actually gets to the children after watching a segment on ACA a few years back .

#2 follies

Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

If you don't like the idea of going through a religious group you can use Plan.

#3 Lyra

Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:10 PM

I am pretty sure you can sponsor a child in need here in Australia through the Smith Family

#4 luke's mummu

Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

I sponsor a child thru world vision. It has been a great experience. Yes the child/family does not get the money, the community does for things like vaccinations, training health care workers etc.

My only suggestion would be whatever charity you go with, ask about the monthly costs, is it indexed to the CPI, do they expect extra for Christmas and birthday gifts, are there any extra costs at all?

My parents got burnt a few years ago - they signed up with the Smith Family, expecting they could hand make a small Christmas gift and post it. No they suggested a minimum of $50 giftcard each for the family for Christmas/birthday. That's an extra $100 a year they expected. My parents had to stop after a year - the extra $100 was just out of their budget.

#5 seepi

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

We sponsor through child fund. the little girl in timor we sponsor  really needs the help. timor is the poorest country in our region, and I'm happy to be doing something.

the little girl lives with her mum only in a house they made themselves on palm branches - it looks quite basic in the photos. she is also tiny - she is 100cm and about 14kg - this is smaller than my 4 yr old and she is 8.

the letters we get are very basic and full of typos and strange language- I think the timor program is only just starting out and their translators are not very qualified - but to me that just says they really need the help.

the money doesn't go directly to the family , but instead the child gets on healath programs, gets vacinated, gets school uniforms and books etc.

I think it is worthwile. With
Child fund you can choose male or female child, and which are area of the world you are interested in.

#6 skylark

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

We go with Plan, have been great, lots of letters and a very easy online system for sending letters and photos etc.

#7 K2010

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

Thanks for the replies ...

I should have explained better though I realise the money doesn't directly go to the child - my Dh is concerned that the bulk of the money gets used for admin costs at some organisations ....

#8 luke's mummu

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

If you look at their websites they all should tell you what % is used in admin costs. Definitely world vision does.

#9 erindiv

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

I have only heard bad things about the amount of money that disappears into 'administration' in World Vision.

edit to add: There was a story on Foreign Correspondant about it ages ago, one of them had sponsored and child and was told she was learning English and so on. But when they visited her she had not been taught any English, and the only thing she knew of World Vision was that they had given her a pen or something.

Link: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/World_Vision_FCPResponse.htm

Edited by erindiv, 22 December 2012 - 09:00 PM.

#10 seepi

Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:56 PM

They do have admin costs - every time you send a letter it has to be translated. Someone has to run the program. They have to have letterhead paper etc. I dont' think you can ever get away from having some admin costs.

#11 Mumma3

Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:07 PM

I think it is helpful to look at the difference between administration costs and advertising costs with these programs. Some of the places do split these costs on their websites. I'm not impressed by the amount of mail we receive asking for more sponsorship etc from the organisation we use! I know they have to advertise, but I think we get at least 1 letter a month, and that is money that I would rather they spent on the sponsor child.

Administration however, is important in making sure the money gets to the right place, and also provides jobs for adults in the sponsor communities as well as here in Australia. So, I'm happy with money on admin but not as much on advertising.

#12 ~ky~

Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:33 PM

I'm thinking of sponsoring a child through The Smith Family as we were once in a position where it was hard to feed and clothe our kids so I would like to do so for another family in Australia.

#13 K2010

Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:07 AM

Have had a look at all the places mentioned and it's such a hard decision .... I want to help them all !!!!
An leaning towards Plan at the moment !!!

#14 roses99

Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:17 AM

DH and I have sponsored through Compassion for 18 years. We got our first child when she was 3, sponsored her right through school and then had the opportunity to support her through University. We also visited her in Thailand during that time. I am absolutely convinced it worked. Our sponsorship got her out of her tiny, remote village and into a Compassion-run boarding house, which allowed her to attend the local high school. That's an opportunity she wouldn't have had otherwise. Now - with a four year Bachelor's Degree - she's as qualified as I am!

We started sponsoring our second at age three as well and she's now 18 and about to finish high school.

Compassion spends relatively little on admin and advertising. But it's important they spend some on those activities, otherwise they'd never drum up any support.

#15 K2010

Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:05 AM

Oh wow that sounds wonderful roses99  - I hadn't looked at compassion , will check it out now original.gif

#16 niggles

Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:17 AM

QUOTE (K2010 @ 22/12/2012, 06:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the replies ...

I should have explained better though I realise the money doesn't directly go to the child - my Dh is concerned that the bulk of the money gets used for admin costs at some organisations ....

This is an absolute furphy. Administrative costs are not something to be worried about. Think about it like this. If you are going to make a long term financial committment to an organisation wouldn't you like to know it is well administered?

To answer your original question you can use this website to look into aid organisations and help make a choice about where you'd like your money to go:


Good luck with your decision.

#17 K2010

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

Thanks niggles that site looks very informative original.gif

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