Sponsoring a single child leads to tensions in the child's social environment. For example, the sponsored child receives more attention than other children who are excluded.
The personal relationship meets a need of godparents, not that of the children. The children and their families are in distress, which marketing exploits.
Godparents get the impression that they are directly helping their child. Some even want to take responsibility for their child's well-being. Others give them presents or invite them on vacation. Still others want to be convinced that their help is being received and that the child is doing well. These wishes are unrealistic. They arise from the marketing of the organization. But the organization cannot fulfill these unrealistic expectations. In the real world, the sponsors have no direct influence on the life of their sponsored child. They can neither understand where exactly their donation is going, nor can they judge how their help is working. This repeatedly leads to frustration and disappointment. The organization has to develop elaborate accompanying measures to prevent false expectations.
Personal sponsorships can also raise false hopes in children, for example of a better future in a distant country. This leads to disappointment later when the dreams do not come true. The organization must take elaborate measures to protect the children.
The message that rich godmothers and godfathers support their helpless godchildren conveys an outdated view of the world. Today, development cooperation is based on partnership and sustainable projects. Non-profit organizations should also convey this in their communication.
Reasons for a fund to support girls
Girls are often at a disadvantage compared to boys for sociocultural reasons. As a rule, we only award scholarships to girls in order to provide them with targeted support so that they can later lead a self-determined life.
The fund for the promotion of girls helps several children at the same time. Not every child needs the same amount of support and the awarding of scholarships depends on various factors. The economic situation of the family, abilities and talents as well as the will to learn are central factors in the awarding process. The child's situation is assessed and evaluated on an individual basis.
It may be that one child needs a full scholarship due to the economic situation of the parents and another child only needs partial support. Perhaps a girl only needs a bicycle to get to school, a school uniform or a computer. Pooling donations into one fund allows for efficient and effective support. You are not just helping one child, but a group of children.
By awarding scholarships, the family and the child should not find out that they are indirectly supported by a foreign organization. We work exclusively through our local project office. The local professionals enjoy the trust of the population and know the situation of the family, speak the local language and understand the culture. In this way, we avoid creating dependency and false expectations.
How much you want to pay in for scholarships and the duration (single or standing order) is entirely in your hands. You remain free and contractually unbound. Unlike a sponsorship, thanks to the bundling of scholarships, you can terminate your donation at any time without any adverse consequences for a child!
We work exclusively with trustworthy partner schools that are regularly checked by internal and external audits.