Do you sponser children?

United States
August 13, 2007 11:21pm CST
How many of you sponser children from other countries or though organizations such as Christian Children's Fund or Save The Children? Do you believe these organizations work or are they shams? I know many of these organizations have come under fire for abusing the funds and not rightfully helping the children and families that they claim to fund. I know of one fund (not naming names but their most advertised help is to Guatemala) that really does abuse funds but it's not exactly the organization as much as it is the indivudual persons within the country that the organization gives the funds to care for the children in various group homes, and in turn they do not use it for the children but for themselves. And often times the pictures they send out of the healthy looking children are actually their own, while the real needy children are left out on the streets to either starve or be picked up by honest organizations and churches. However I believe that there are some organizations that really do what they promise to do and help out.
2 responses
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I tend to think that many of these organizations are a bit on the scam side....the children involved with any of these programs don't get the full benefits or money you are sending. I used to sponsor a child through the Futures For Children program, which helps needy Native American children...since I'm part Native American myself I figured I should help out a such a child. Most of these children are of the southwestern nations, like the Navajo which is the poorest reservation system going here and the largest. The whole idea of the program is to encourage Native American children to stay in school and get proper education...Many HAVE benefited as many of the children later go on to college earn say a medical degree and become doctors to help their own people...So yes very wonderful idea. However, these children DON'T get the full money you are sending....the monthly fee was $30..but as I found out, the policy was to wait until the total amount reached something like $150.00 and they would send the child $75.00 of it...like WHAT?? What happened to that other $75?? Yes, I realize these organizations need "some" of the funds to keep going, but is it really so fair to deny the child the money I'm breaking my neck sending?? I just can't help thinking a lot of these places are a bit on the scam side and the children which are supposed to be benefiting from our monthly contribution are in reality not
• United States
14 Aug 07
I agree, I think a lot of them really are more on the scam side than for the actual benefit of children. I didn't know there was an organization for Native American children here. I knew there was on in Canada, my ex and now one of my best friends (and my forever crush, lol) is from Canada and he's Cree and I remember him telling me about a program simliar to that.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Well in case you want to take a look...here's their website http://www.futurechild.org/ Ideally the concept is great, I just wish the kids got more of the money instead of the organization getting it
• United States
14 Aug 07
Thanks for the link. It would be great if the children got a bigger percentage of that money, especially since they could really use it.
• United States
14 Aug 07
I do not sponsor children through any of those kinds of organizations. I prefer to donate to charities that not only feed the children, but help clothe, school and give shelter to the family as a whole. I also try to donate to different places spread around, so all of my donations do not goto one organization.