Re: Child Fund International
I used to sponsor with CCF. I sponsored a girl in Indonesia for 5 years. Initially i got letters quite often, and she sent pictures of her family too. However, about 2 years into the sponsorship, she started boarding school so letters dropped to 3 times a year, then twice a year and when I went 14 months without hearing from her, even though I'd send a birthday gift and another gift during that time. I send in and enquiry. I learned that she rarely came home anymore as she was preparing for her high school entrance tests. I never heard what the money I sent was spent on.
What i like about CCF was:
- I could send letters directly to their office in Jakarta which saved a lot of money for me.
- I could send packages (padded envelopes) not boxes
- I got regular letters from her in the beginning and extra pictures
- I got a regular newsletter with information about her community
- the charity has a very good reputation for financial management.
- you can choose the child directly from the website
- they work in many countries and sometimes you can see the child's religion so for example, if you chose a child from East Timor, most of them are Catholic and it is usually written on their profile
What I didn't like:
- there seemed to be no proper system in place to make sure the sponsor received regular letters
- only gift money was given directly to the child and her family. Everything else was sent to the community to build wells, schools etc. I was not sure if when CCF left the community that they would be able to maintain these but I hoped they would.
- because letters were sent airmail, they used airmail paper which was very thin and at times it was difficult to read.
Overall I had a good initial experience with CCF but was disappointed with the lack of letters as the child got older and that there wasn't a system to check this.
I still sponsor several children with Children International, International Humanity Fund - [url="http://www.ihfonline.org/"] - only $10/month for school sponsorship and you get an e-mailed picture of your child every month and an e-mailed letter too. I also sponsor with several smaller organisations.
If you wish to go to extremes, let it be in sweetness, patience, humility and charity. - St. Philip Neri