A sponsorship for a single child leads to tensions in the child's social environment. For example, the godchild receives more attention than other children who are excluded.
The personal relationship corresponds to a need of godparents, not that of the children. The children and their families are in dire straits, which marketing takes advantage of.
Godparents get the impression that they are helping their child directly. Some even want to take responsibility for the welfare of their child. Others give them presents or invite them on vacation. Still others want to make sure that their help is being received and that the child is doing well. These desires are unrealistic. They arise through the marketing of the organization. But the organization cannot meet these unrealistic expectations. In the real world, the godparents have no direct influence on the life of their godchild. They can neither understand where their donation is going to nor can they judge how their help is working. This always leads to frustration and disappointment. The organization must develop complex accompanying measures to prevent false expectations.
Personal sponsorships can also raise false hopes in the children, for example for a better future in a distant country. This leads to disappointments later when the dreams don't come true. The organization has to take extensive measures to protect the children.
The message that rich godparents from the north support their helpless godchildren from the south conveys an outdated worldview. Development cooperation today relies 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 disadvantaged compared to boys for socio-cultural reasons. As a rule, we only award scholarships to girls in order to support them in a targeted manner so that they can later lead a self-determined life.
The Fund for the Advancement 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 allocation. The situation of the child is recorded and assessed individually.
It may be that one child needs a full scholarship due to the parents' economic situation and another child only needs partial support. Maybe a girl just needs a bike to get to school, a school uniform or a computer. The bundling of donations in one fund allows for efficient and effective support. You are helping not just one child, but a group of children.
The family and the child should not find out through the granting of scholarships that they are being 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 dependency developing and false expectations being created.
How much you want to pay in for scholarships and the duration (individual or standing order) is entirely up to you. You remain free and contractually unbound. Unlike with a sponsorship, thanks to the bundling of the scholarships, you can end your donation at any time without this having any negative consequences for a child!
We work exclusively with trustworthy partner schools that are regularly checked by internal and external audits.
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