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African sponsorship charities: Real or Scam?

Im thinking to sponsor and help out 2-3 needy children for a year. Does anybody have experience with this? Do they really write you back and are they for real?
I already donate to other charities whenever I can but this sort of direct intervention with a face and knowing that you could make a tiny difference in their lives is very comforting. Does anybody have any experience or current membership that can chip in their thoughts before I sign up?

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What? The Christians Children fund? They are legitimate to my understanding.

The government keeps a registry of charities. You can search.

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/lst ... u-eng.html

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almost all the countries they profile have MINISTRIES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN AFFAIRS.. if they really cared, all they would have to do is take their grievances to these ministries and force them to act. But off course this will put a lot of people out of charity related jobs.
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ibeblunt wrote:
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almost all the countries they profile have MINISTRIES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN AFFAIRS.. if they really cared, all they would have to do is take their grievances to these ministries and force them to act. But off course this will put a lot of people out of charity related jobs.

So you're saying administration is to blame for extreme poverty?
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ibeblunt wrote:
Nov 4th, 2011 1:00 pm
almost all the countries they profile have MINISTRIES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN AFFAIRS.. if they really cared, all they would have to do is take their grievances to these ministries and force them to act. But off course this will put a lot of people out of charity related jobs.

What are you saying here? If they care about what? What are these "grievances" you speak of? Poverty and starvation are not "grievances" that you can just fix by setting up a government ministry.
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Im thinking to sponsor and help out 2-3 needy children for a year. Does anybody have experience with this? Do they really write you back and are they for real?
I already donate to other charities whenever I can but this sort of direct intervention with a face and knowing that you could make a tiny difference in their lives is very comforting. Does anybody have any experience or current membership that can chip in their thoughts before I sign up?

Thanks

I've heard Plan Canada is a good one, and it's non-denominational, so they're not forcing christian dogma on the kids. I have a friend who was sponsoring a child through CCF and was pretty distrubed by the increasing amounts of praising jesus in her child's letters as time went on. Personally, I donate to MSF (aka Doctors Without Borders), as I think child sponsorship charities having to make sure each donor gets those personal letters and updates must take away time and money from the cause.
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i will say those tv ads you see of the african kids on tv...the people who operate those companies make a TON OF MONEY .. not saying they dont donate or help some kids in africa..they probably do, but its not how it seems
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Laflare wrote:
Nov 5th, 2011 5:25 pm
i will say those tv ads you see of the african kids on tv...the people who operate those companies make a TON OF MONEY .. not saying they dont donate or help some kids in africa..they probably do, but its not how it seems

It's probably a low percentage of the donations that they actually do donate to the kids In the need and the rest goes to them..
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Laflare wrote:
Nov 5th, 2011 5:25 pm
i will say those tv ads you see of the african kids on tv...the people who operate those companies make a TON OF MONEY .. not saying they dont donate or help some kids in africa..they probably do, but its not how it seems
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Nov 5th, 2011 5:38 pm
It's probably a low percentage of the donations that they actually do donate to the kids In the need and the rest goes to them..

You could rationalize your decision not to give like this, or you could do a bit of research into how efficient each charity actually is.

http://list.moneysense.ca/rankings/char ... d1=a&sc1=0
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Nov 5th, 2011 5:54 pm
You could rationalize your decision not to give like this, or you could do a bit of research into how efficient each charity actually is.

http://list.moneysense.ca/rankings/char ... d1=a&sc1=0

it seems you fall for anything from what i read
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The problem with charities is that there is too many of them! It's like Goodwill. Before you would "donate" your unused clothes to a Goodwill bin location knowing that it will be put in good use. Now you got all these bins in malls not marked "Goodwill" wanting your clothes. Some of them will even call your home and ask for it! It's hard to tell what charity is legitimate and what is not.
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Nov 5th, 2011 8:54 am
I've heard Plan Canada is a good one, and it's non-denominational, so they're not forcing christian dogma on the kids. I have a friend who was sponsoring a child through CCF and was pretty distrubed by the increasing amounts of praising jesus in her child's letters as time went on. Personally, I donate to MSF (aka Doctors Without Borders), as I think child sponsorship charities having to make sure each donor gets those personal letters and updates must take away time and money from the cause.

Thanks for the input and I totally agree with every word, I was exactly looking for something like that, Ive decided to go with PlanCanada.

Thanks again.
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Sometimes 95+% of the donated money goes into the salaries of the people that run the charities. It's tough to pick a charity when it's such a big business and there are no guarantees on where your money is going. I would choose one that guarantees at least 70 cents on the dollar goes directly to the cause.

You could donate to this one. I know the guy that runs it personally. His family immigrated to Canada and he is doing very well with his business so he started this orphanage as his way of giving back.

http://chiproms.com/
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