Sponsor .... Give them the means to forge a future

Sponsorship allows an adult to support one or more children in the medium or long term, by giving them the means to forge their own future.


We are working today in South India, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. (see map)

We organize two types of sponsorships:

  • Sponsorships of groups of idle girls, slums, or very poor coastal villages in southern Kerala, who are welcomed in "children's homes".
  • Of "sponsorships"individual"children (girls or boys) who live in very poor families or who are accommodated in children's homes.

Summary:

The principles of sponsorship:

Commitments from the sponsor:

Commitments of the association:

Commitments on the spot:


 

Commitments of the sponsor or of the sponsor

General principles which are detailed in the chapters concerning the type of sponsorship chosen

The moral commitment:

  • The moral commitment can be more or less strong and active .... it is up to the godfather or the godmother to choose.
  • The godfather or the godmother is committed in the medium or long term depending on the type of sponsorship chosen (individual sponsorship or sponsorship of a group of children in a foster home).
  • The sponsor can stop his support at any time. However, to penalize (the) children as little as possible, we ask the sponsor to warn us at least 2 to 3 months before his effective stop.
  • Individual sponsorship requires more personal and long-term investment than sponsoring a group of children. (for example sending regular letters to the child, paying for part of his studies, etc.)

The financial commitment:

  • The godfather or the godmother agrees to pay a minimum of 25 €* per month to the association to honor the sponsorship he has chosen.
  • He will have to pay the annual subscription to the association of 12 € (currently).

 * At the request of the Sisters and members present at the last General Assembly in March 2015, the membership fee is set at 25 € / month for new sponsorships. We advise our dear sponsors to increase their automatic payments in order to adapt them to current needs. 

For details on the commitments of the godfather or the godmother depending on the type of sponsorship chosen, you can consult the pages "Sponsor a group of kids", Sponsor "just a kid ".

Generally speaking, sponsoring a group of children in the orphanage requires less long-term and personal commitment than sponsoring a single child.


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Immaculata commitments of the association:

  • Intermediaries:

  • We act as an intermediary between India (our correspondents, families, children) and sponsors.
  • Thanks to modern means of communication (internet, emails, telephone ...), we are able to relay all information and questions to both sides very quickly.
  • We strive for the proper functioning of the sponsorship process:

    • Finances: We send all the money given by the sponsor on site. In France, we apply the rules of the legislation in force concerning associations law 1901. ((tax declaration, issuance of donation receipts ....)
    • Letters:
      Each children's home or individual sponsorship center sends letters to the association two and three to three times a year for the sponsors. We return their mail to each sponsor and translate it into French if necessary.

    • The news:
      Regularly, by email, managers send news and digital photos. which are relayed on the site in a space reserved for members of the association.

 

    • On-site checks:
      The association checks that our correspondents comply with the terms of the contracts signed between the parties. (accounting and moral audit).
      Regularly, the members of the Board of Directors make trips (at their expense!) To photograph the children and account books.

 

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Commitments on site

Our respective commitments:

We have mutually signed sponsorship agreements (viewed in part "members")
These are contracts that define the rules for sponsorship. The rules are different depending on the type of sponsorship.

In financial :

  • Individual sponsorships for:
    • 70% maximum of the money sent can be used directly for the needs of the child (school fees, clothes, books, Christmas present ...).
    • 25% of the money sent and the annual balance of the "70%" of the child's unspent account is placed in a savings account to help pay for the child's education, or to form a dowry for the marriage or to help the installation in the working life .... In case of vital emergency for the child or for his family this savings can be spent. The sister asks the godfather for agreement if possible beforehand but in all cases the godfather is informed.
    • The remaining 5% of the sponsorship is entrusted to the sisters to cover staff or administrative costs; concretely this money is often given to other needy families and not sponsored.
  • Sponsorships for groups of children:
    • 95% of the money sent is spent directly by the reception center to improve the living conditions of the girls in the orphanage.
    • The remaining 5% of the sponsorship is entrusted to the sisters to cover staff or administrative costs (concretely this money is often given to needy and unsponsored families. Or well spent with the 95% (above)

The moral level:

The correspondents are in regular contact with the sponsored families to check that the children and families are respecting their commitments.

Commitments of families and children:

The sponsored children are aged 3 to 21, girls or boys (mostly girls). They all come from very disadvantaged backgrounds.
Commitments are as follows:

  • They have to go to school and do their best to honor the chance given them.
  • Depending on the type of sponsorship, depending on their age, the children will be helped by an adult to write letters to the sponsors for example.

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The pages of each house of children:

Other related sections: 

Our correspondents who are they?

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