Sponsoring a child thru WORLD VISION?

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Someone came to my door today trying to get me to sign up to sponsor a child thru World Vision! Just wondering if anyone has done it and what ur experience has been like? Is it a good cause? Anyone opposed to it?


?? - posted on 03/26/2010




80% going directly to the programs in the community of the child you sponsor.

15% going to fundraising

5% going to administration.

I could be off by a couple but that's generally what it works out too - from what I can remember. 80% is a high percentage compared to the 40% and 60% of the other 2 organizations I looked into. Again, it was a few years ago, so the numbers might have changed since then.

Lea, the programs are directly within the communities. They have 10-15 year programs within communities that start at the bottom up. They provide the education for the communities in order to learn from the base up how to sustain their own community after World Vision (or whatever organisation) leaves the community.

For example, World Vision goes to a communty, they build a school, they create jobs based on working with and talking to the members of the communities to see what their 'skills' and their 'ideas' are. They set up programs for that community to teach the members, and the children, how they would go about creating jobs, learning skills, and over a 10-15 year time frame they build up a community so that it's trades, skills and jobs are accessable to everyone and can be traded with other communities.

So, World Vision, does exactly what you're expecting of them. When they feel that the community is ready to 'take over' the programs on their own and that they have educated the members of that community on how to keep those jobs going, educated the teachers so they can continue to teach the children - they then leave that community and go and work in another community.

There are some communities that don't take as long, some that take longer and there are hundreds of different communities being worked with at any given moment and more and more with more people that donate their money and their time to these organisations.

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Jess, what about getting together with a group of people and sponsoring one child between you? My church sponsors two children. We just ask the members to make a $1 donation/week. Not everybody gives, but with the loose pocket change people put in the box, we are able to always afford it. Just a thought. =)

Another neat way to help is through another organization called Samaritan's Purse. World Vision is great, but if you want to make a one time donations, look into SP. They issue a gift catalog every Christmas. You can purchase chickens, goats, clean water, textbooks, fish to stock a pond, fruit trees etc. to be sent to a community in need. And the great thing is you can do it in someone else's name. The past few years we've purchased chickens and put it in my dad's name as his Christmas gift. He loves it. Makes for a unique gift and it helps around the world.


Just another idea.

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Jess - posted on 03/28/2010




My cousin and her husband have just returned from running an orphanage in Zimbawe for a year. They run on funds from organisations like world vision. These kids and their communities depend on those donations. I wish I could afford to sponsor a child.

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I used to sponsor a child with a different charity. One day they changed their policy and decided that they wern't going to do the sponsoring anymore and my child just fell off the radar. I still wonder how he is doing.

It is worth doing from my experience. As long as it lasted the children were given free education, access to some medical treatment and a nutritious meal at school everyday. Just make sure that the charity is genuine and not a con.

Ez - posted on 03/26/2010




My Mum and Step-Dad have sponsored a little Ugandan boy named Daniel for the last 10 years through World Vision. He was just a baby when they started, and now they get letters from him personally, in English. When you think about it, without their sponsorship he probably wouldn't even be able to write at all. The Christmas letter made us all cry. He told them he loved them for helping him and his family, that because of them he gets to go to school and make friends and learn about the world.

I would recommend it 100%. The money is not a 'hand-out', but rather goes into community programs and education.

Caitlin - posted on 03/26/2010




It's a great idea in principle, but i'm still skeptical. I don't think it helps them as much as it should, though vaccines and health care are great advantages. Our school sponsored a boy once, for a while actually and even though he finished up his schooling over there and could read and write quite well, there was no job for him and he ended up driving a cab or something. There are better ways to help in my mind,

Lea - posted on 03/26/2010




80% ? Thats it? Thats not a very high percentage in my opinion. I think you can find charities with a higher percentage of money going right to the cause. Maybe I'm wrong. At any rate, in my opinion, most charities don't work because what poor people need isn't a handout, its a job, a way to make their communities better and get their local economies going. I like the mini-loan program thats working in a lot of countries, especially for women. It works by, for instance, giving a woman $30 to buy supplies to make textiles or pottery or beadwork, and it gets her business going and she can support herself and her family and shes able to buy more from other people and her whole community benefits. Charity programs that work end up getting rid of the problems that they were needed for, not continuing to have a job for the people running the charity.

Charlie - posted on 03/25/2010




Yes i sponsored two kiddies with the girls at work , we were sent frequent updates on their progress and education and photos , we sent them letters and we received letters back and drawings , its great i recommend it !

?? - posted on 03/25/2010




I've looked into it before, I wouldn't be opposed to it. I know that about 80% of the money they receive goes directly to programs within the childrens communities. It was a few years ago that I looked into it so I would have to go and look back at the specifics of what it all entails. It's one of the 'better' charities, that I compared when I was considering it before.

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