What is special about our method to assist underprivileged
1. We, the foundation-board, and many volunteers with us, guarantee education
for children in India, Kenya and Nepal for only 33 eurocent per day, that
is € 10 per month. It is possible to it so cheap, because we do everything
non profit, 100% of the gifts go to the project.
2. Less than 1% of the money stays in the Netherlands, these are the bank
costs, to transfer the money to these countries. Unfortunately we cannot
avoid that, so 99% of the gifts are spend on the spot in the project villages.
3. In Kenya, India and Nepal the project is arranged by volunteers, their
expense allowance (for distribution, administration and travel-costs)
only amount to 50 to 90 eurocents of the monthly sponsor gift, this is
about 7%. About 93% of the monthly gift arrives at the mothers of the
4. To be unaffected by currency fluctuations we keep a margin; now it
is more than 25%, due to the high level of the euro currency. The saved
amount the child will get when it has to make high costs, for example
to make the step to secondary school or university or to make the step
into society easier. The saved amount is annually counted and added, so
that all sponsor-money will be spend for the child.
5. The foundation exists only by volunteers, practical idealists: we put
our own money into it, for example to visit at the spot and check and
verify. Journey, meeting, administration and execution-costs do not exist
in the expenditure budget. There are no enrolment-costs (due to mouth
to mouth publicity), no staff expenditures, no grabbing management etc.
We work to a maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
6. With sponsoring of 33 eurocent per day we can raise children form underpriviliges
families above the poverty-line. (And a poverty line in Africa or Asia
is something very different than for example in Western Europe.) The children
get clothing, books, pens, school-fees, footwear, and extra money for
the daily quality food.
7. Our local volunteering project-leaders at the spot, these are Enos
Matange in Kenya, Damodar Thapa in Nepal and Francis Saleslar in India,
make every two months a report of the results, including a signature-list
of the mothers, for the received sponsor-money and a financial justification:
the bank and cashbook in which the income and expenditures are justified
up to the last shilling or roupee. During every visit of a delegation
of the foundation-board to the project villages in Africa and Asia all
is being checked and verified that all has reached and spend well.
8. The benefactors in the Netherlands get, next to the annual newsletter,
every year the reached results send home: how do the children do on school,
how and what for is the money spend. Also do they get a photo of the sponsored
child once in every three years. The benefactors are always informed about
the situation of the child. When there is something special, this will
be informed personally. Ahead on sponsoring bio-data and photo’s
are given. There shall be cared for the best possible transparency, on
the web-site as well as through other communication.
9. All benefactors are most welcome to visit the sponsored child at the
spot. Also communication by post with the family is possible. Communication
can go via the projectleader, or if the child has learned sufficient English,
direct to them.
10. A child will mostly be sponsored by the time it has completed education.
Discontinuation, through which reason ever, is always possible, but we
like to see that sponsors ‘take’ another child, after completing
or graduating of the first child. The children are stimulated to their
talents, to complete their training, at least up to the age of about 18
11. The projects are primary focussed on poverty-reduction; the families
in case mostly have to survive on less than one euro a day. With our sponsoring
their income sometimes improves by 25 –50%. Within our goal are
also the avoidance of excessive child-labour, child-prostitution and malnutrition,
with an eye on the welfare and finally the self-sufficiency of about 100