Questions about sponsorships:

A) General Questions

B) Individual Sponsorship (= a sponsor a child)

C) Referrals to a group of children


 

A) General Questions:

  • What is the difference between individual and collective sponsorship sponsorship for the child and the sponsor?
    For the child it undertakes to write to the sponsor (Par.individuel) but he knows that it will sponsor personally help further his studies. For the Godfather, it's very different to the collective sponsorship commitments and constraints are much less than for an individual sponsorship for details see chapter Sponsorship.
  • Am I free to stop a sponsorship?
    • children home Sponsorship: Yes, at any time, let us simply by phone if possible with a notice to 2 3 months to give us a little hope to find a sponsor who will miss the children's home.
    • Individual sponsorship: The sponsorship of the judgment is problematic. you can break your support with a notice period of 3 months minimum in order not to penalize the child and his family:
    • Why? While waiting to receive money from referrals (all 6 months) The sisters argue the 70% of sponsorship every month until they receive the money accrued 6 months. If the sponsor disappears without warning, we can not therefore inform the sisters to stop giving money to families. When we will inform (too late), the family already in a precarious situation (as sponsored) will be plunged into great confusion because it will have to reimburse the overpayments sisters. Deplus, breaking sponsorship by the sponsor is often problematic for the child who lives as abandonment, unjust injury. This is why we emphasize the seriousness and duration of the commitment of the sponsor.
  • How long does a sponsorship?
    • children home Sponsorship: There is no specific limit ... it's up to you, or by the Board of Directors (if there is a problem on site for example).
    • Individual sponsorship: The length of the support is variable. Sponsorship End: Generally, when the young into the workforce. IT may have studied or followed an apprenticeship but also sponsorship ends at marriage of the young if the young person does not study for example. This is our correspondent on site which informs us of the imminent end of the sponsorship. It prevents us a few months before, or in unforeseen circumstances (accident, family move, ...) sisters warn us immediately by email.
  • Can the sisters break a sponsorship?
    • priori children home Sponsorship "no" unless the children's home closed for lack of funding, for example.
    • individual sponsorships: This may unfortunately be the case .... For example, in case of force majeure (accident, the child's disappearance ...) but also, if the family does not meet the sponsorship contract (does not the child to school, or do not deal with it well .... Finally, if the family situation improves and the corresponding judge that they no longer need the support of the sponsor. This is very rare, but we meet from time to time.

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B) Individual Sponsorship (= a sponsor a child)

  • General questions:

    • How to do ? that's it, I want to become a sponsor, I'm starting. The problem is that I do not see anywhere on your site a link to any form.
      First we ask you to contact us. together we can better understand your sponsorship application and thus to better fit your application. We will email you the information needed sponsorship. Contact
      • email: tell us where we can reach you
      • by phone: 0687752892.
    • Am I free to stop individual sponsorship?
      OUi, You can break your support: It is important that we prevent at least three months before your quit date to allow time to try to find him another parrain.La sponsorship breakdown by the sponsor is often problematic for the living child as abandonment, unjust injury. This is why we emphasize the seriousness and duration of the original sponsorship undertaking.
    • He is the godfather committed?
      It is he who decides ... !!! The sponsor can make an exceptional gift or just a regular donation by becoming a sponsor. The day he decides to stop he warns us by email if possible two months before his departure we try to find another sponsor .... and we notify the center manager that does not rely on his participatiodans the operating budget of the hostel.
    • If I chose the individual sponsorship, is not it unfair and selfish?
      Not because you know that the Individual sponsorship requests more personal investment that the class after it's up to you it is obvious that a beginner sponsorship
    • The exchanges with the child: Will we be able to correspond very often? Why do we demand the sponsors to write at least 2 mails per year?
      Children do not have Western writing culture, they often do not speak English. Do not expect a real match, very few children are able. They will send you, according to age missives longer or shorter but often colorful! The content may disappoint you if you expect a regular correspondence. Children write letters 2 3 to a year. An adult will translate into English his letter. The sister in charge of sponsorships collects the missives and sends a packet to the president of the association (Isabelle) will send each sponsor.
      We ask the sponsor to make the effort also write to the child twice a year at minimum. This last point is extremely important. It is the only hub to make the child understand "the end of the world" you exist you are not just a name or money to allow him to go to school.
    • Is not perceived as a form of assistance that sponsor a family like this? What does this amount to the Indian family?
      sponsorships we organize can not be perceived as handouts. The families have other income. Normally a family can not live with only 600 monthly rupees they perceive the education of their child. to buy rice for a family 4 people it takes about 800 rupees per month. It is considered that income "floored" a family of 4 is a minimum of 5 6000 in rupees per month to live. (Rent from a poor home 2 1600 to parts of 3000 rupees in the Cochin region for example.
    • Bring the child: I thought I could sponsor a child and after some time do come to France to spoil. Will I be able to?
      Nothing prevents you but we strongly advise against it. The child is happy (thanks in part to you) in its Indian universe. France, Europe is too different it would lose all its brands and might not be able to adapt to our lives every day. Besides this total change of appearance. The paperwork is very heavy and expensive. Why spend so much money? Instead, make a donation therefore to the family, the child for his studies you will be much more effective in the future.

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  • Questions on children families:

    • How do you not to create tensions within a family where only 1 is sponsored child?
      We do not encounter this problem !!! it is a very European question (European, American, rich ...?). The Indian fatalism, their spirit of self-help ... the problem does not arise.
      When a child is sponsored, the whole family took the opportunity, it is a great hope for all. If the sponsor sends a small gift to his godson he spoils as siblings (usually there to 2 3 4 families children sometimes but it's rare.) Having the chance to be accepted by a stranger .. . they think we're all rich. every time we go there we explain to families that we are not that rich in our country ...
    • The sponsorship money is that for the sponsored child?
      Yes and no !!! Yes, because this money allows children to attend school and a part of the money will be saved for his education. Not for the whole family also benefits (the data 600 rupees to families monthly). See the chapter referring to this question: individual sponsorship.
    • How do they live parents having a child of their sponsored? Are we not offended that a stranger do it live and not them?
      Rather, it is a great chance for them because they know they can not "make ends meet" malgrés their efforts. ILs are so grateful. the sponsor will give their children what they can not do.
    • How do you not to create tensions between different families when one is sponsored?
      ILs have the habit of mutual help they live in neighborhoods where they are all poor !!! I saw some really poor families to give something to a neighbor who happened a tragedy.
      There is no tension ... even fatalism perhaps? The neighbors are happy for them ...
    • I would like the address to the family correspondence, is this possible?
      We do not recommend it. These families live in slums there is no address, no street !!!! When we visit families, "the address indicated is the name of the district ... then" near "Vishu" the third house ..... This is not enough to postal services ... Their mail is kept in PO boxes open so not all too safe !!! (if families live in rented houses, they move regularly). We prefer that the letters pass through the address of the sisters because it is more reliable.
    • Can we meet the children we sponsor?
      YES, YES, YES, you will be welcomed with open arms by the sisters. it will organize an RV with children is a real party for them the whole neighborhood is delighted the party ... FOr the European family is a unique moment ... emotions and smiles. ... We encourage you to experiment
      Check out some testimonials from sponsors, shares of emotion .. Testimonials - Shares of emotions.

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  • Mailings, gifts:

     

    • I would like to send gifts to my sponsored child, how it happens?
      You can do it, as for letters, you send your messages and packages directly to sponsoring center upon which the child (the address is on the site by a member party or on the information sheet on the child that we have communicated at the beginning of sponsorship) indicating good on the child's behalf.
    • How can I have proof that my gift has arrived until my godson?
      Proof ... not easy !!! for letters of sponsors: we ask the children to thank the sponsor in the mail if sent word. Some children despite our request not to do.
      For gifts that sponsors send, we ask the sisters to inform us when they receive a gift for a child of the association and as soon as we receive information by email, we pass to the sponsor. Sometimes when the sisters are overwhelmed they do not transmit information; -. ((But in all cases the sponsors can make us a mail about 3 weeks after sending their packages to ask us if we were received then make the request and we usually answer within 48h.
    • Will I get a picture of my godson with the gift that I sent?
      Normally NO, the first Saturday of the month when families parading "single file" sisters really do not have time to take pictures .... for example the center of Cochin (the biggest sponsorship center 400 families are sponsored by different international organizations !!!! We are not alone. by cons in smaller centers like Kottayam Valparai or if the sponsor informs us (too late) that he would like a photo of the child and gifts sent We can make a request to the sister in charge of sponsorships.
  • Money on site:

    • How to ?
      We propose to give 20 € per month. (For more info: see Article Individual Sponsorship).
    • Why 25 minimum € for Referrals?
      This is the amount that best matches the needs of families and staying in Aid to families without becoming of the assistantship. and corresponds to the best opportunities to monthly sponsors.
      For details of using the sum of sponsorship Sponsorship see article individual.
    • Until early 2015 20 this amount was € per month. At the request of our correspondents and members present at the last General Assembly, considering the current cost of living there we decided to spend this contribution 25 € / month.
      Sponsors already participating in the association are welcome to change the amounts of their payments. it is clear that this is a recommendation, but not an obligation for former sponsors.
    • You say 25% of monthly € 25 is saved in an account for the child. Can we have a statement from time to time to check the funds?
      Each center practice is somewhat different depending on the computing capacity of the sister in charge .... About the savings account registered in South India, you can not without the look and signature of parents open a registered savings account for a child. We do not want that parents can use these accounts dedicated to child. So in general the official account is common to children. Each center handles the details for each child separately. Any financial movement on the checking or savings account for children is recorded on an excel sheet (Kottayam) on a large notebook to the child page to Cochin and for Valparai. Once a year, the child's current account ended the corresponding transfer savings balances: the remaining unspent 70% and the balance of 25% savings bank still recovering. Until now each of our trips we made a picture of each account to submit it to the sponsor.
      We try to set up currently excels folders to collect these data on computer. It is not always easy with COMPUTER !!! sisters) but THEY BETTER ...
    • You also say that these savings can be used in case of a major problem of the family. Do I have my say? Who decides that this is a big problem?
      Yes and no ... Yes if the pattern is not vital to the family (buy a piece of land in the child's name for the family to live there ....) sister we will request but good if the sister so requests is that it is based not if it is a vital and urgent issue for the family eg payment of rent if not expulsion, payment of hospital charges for children .. ... It is the sister in charge of the family which is the sole judge at this level. She knows the family and work.

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C) Referrals to a group of children (Sponsor a group of children)

  • General questions:

    • For whom? Are individuals who sponsor?
      FOR ALL ... the principle is to allow the reception of children cans towns or streets in children's homes. Several sponsors are sponsoring the same orphanage. If you do not want to commit too personally sponsoring this principle is that you need. You pay the amount that suits you (we recommend a minimum of 20 € / month) and this sum will be given to the children's home that you have chosen.
    • You say that the collective sponsorships are more united than the individual sponsorships?
      Yes, because it's not just one child but you are helping children welcome community. So many children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.
    • what's the point really?
      Between 2008 and 2010 Children Home orphanage capacity in each 25% was down for lack of funding YES WE ARE LOOKING FOR SPONSORS of children's homes to reverse this trend if not there will 6 years more children welcome.
    • How the money is used for the community? Who decides what to do?
      We send all money received for children to responsible sponsorship will return and spread itself according to our wishes
      Money collective sponsorships will be used: to fund a humanitarian project that micro-communeauté to need (purchase of tables chairs of school supplies ....) or it is used directly to fund children's lives (buying food , paiemnet costs of living, purchase of hygienne products, ....)
      This is the comuneauté who decides, not just a sister, and often they come back to us to ask if it is OK !!! with our statutes ... We are still very impressed to see that there are no conflicts of interest in their Carmelite communities. Decisions are made in consultation. The Sisters will remain in office as 3-4 years, so no time to sit too quelquonque a power ... Their leaders are elected by themselves. There are no proposed candidacy. they designate by secret ballot that they are the best fit to do the job and cards are reshuffled every regularly to 3 6 years depending on the position of responsibility Sisters "in charge" sponsorships are mutated all 3 years.
    • What are the Indian government subsidies to sustain these children?
      Each children's home receives various grants. on average, we find that local governments allocate according to the days of the child's presence in school (to exclude holiday weekends and holidays) making between 100 and 300 rupees rupees per child per month (between 2 and 4 euros / month) are reminded that it takes about 30 euros to support a child in foster home !!!
      Therefore the sisters are to each child 26 euros remaining to accommodate them.
    • Can I stop my support easily?
      Yes Please advise us if possible one to two months before your stop to give us time to find another sponsor and to inform the head of the center.
       
  • Questions on children:

    • where these children
      Each orphanage (welcome home) recruits children in different places. The house Vypeen (Palliport district) Little Flower Children's home, for example, hosts children from the coastal villages of southern Kerala (about 250km). Children come towns cans and extremely poor villages streets.
    • They are orphans? and families then?
      Yes and no !!! It depends orphanages children's homes usually host about 10% of orphans and the orphanage example of Palliport district hosts half child without family.
    • Can we meet the children we sponsor?
      Yes sisters will welcome you with open arms to bring you see the children.
      Please note you will need to plan your stay (hotel, meals activities) regardless this visit, the sisters will not be your travel agent on site.

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