This section lists resources related to children, women and villages sponsorships.

Sponsorship: what and why

Sponsoring is to participate to the bettering of the life conditions of a child (or of a women or village, as the case may be), of their family and community. But even more important, it is to communicate to the child that he or she is important, it is to help his or her personal growth. It is to give them hope.

The sponsor chooses a child in the organization's database, according to the criteria that are important to the sponsor (country, age, gender, etc.).

The sponsor pays a monthly amount, usually between 30 and $41 through automatic withdrawal, that allows the child in various areas. the areas generally covered are: food and water, education, health, socio-emotional development and, with some organizations, spirituality.

The sponsor receives a picture of the child, information about the child's family and the child, as well as updates. The sponsor and the child can send each other letters and pictures. Some organizations offer the possibility for the sponsor to go visit his or her sponsored child.

Even though it is possible to stop sponsoring at any given time, it is recommended to carry on sponsoring until the child has reach adulthood.

Factors to choose an organization

  • Organization that has a branch in the sponsor's country
  • Country that the sponsor is interested in
  • Audience that the sponsor is interested in
    • Boy/girl
    • Orphans
    • Handicaped
    • Women
    • Villages
  • Spirituality
    • Religious organization that includes a spiritual component in its program for the children
      • Are children and/or parents forced to subscribe to the spiritual values of the organization?
    • Religious organization that does not include a spiritual component in its program for the children
    • Secular organization (certain secular organizations include a spiritual component based on the parents' religion or, if it is unkown, based on the majority religion in the country in question)
  • Reputation of the organization
    • Charitable organization registered with the government
    • Number of years that the organization has been operating for
    • Prizes/recognitions
    • Values
    • No scandals
    • Comments of other sponsors
  • Financial accountability
    • External audit of the organization's finances – access to the name of the external auditor?
    • Easily accessible financial reports
    • Balanced allocation of funds (very small percentage for administration and marketing)
    • Prizes/recognition for sound financial management
  • General accountability
    • Regular review of the programs efficiency
    • Accountability structures (e.g. membre of organizations ensuring accountability, local overseeing committee)
    • Prizes/mentions
    • Board of directors – number of directors and composition of the membership
  • Services and programs for children
    • Holisitic services for children: food, health care, education, clothes/uniform, socio-emotional and spiritual development, etc.
    • Curriculum that is pre-established, holistic and adapted to the children's age
    • Child record that is accessible (school grade report, family situation, attendance at the project, progress while in the project, medical examinations, etc.)
    • Project personnel (director, accountant, chef, teachers, etc.)
    • Services to support the community (water, school, medical center, social services, etc.) and other steps of the child's life
    • Policy of child protection (accompaniment during visits and forms to fill, etc.); respect of the children's private life
  • Services to the sponsor
    • Client service (answer to questions, shipping of an initial kit followed by periodical updates, translation of letters received from the child and sent to him or her, etc.)
  • Possibility to correspond with the child
  • Possibility to visit the child
    • Terms and conditions of the visits
  • Sponsoring costs
    • $X/month
  • Possibility to stop sponsoring at any time?

Canadian sponsoring organizations

This is a non-exhaustive list of organizations. We do not personally know all of these organizations and therefore do not guarantee in any way their integrity and their efficiency. Some of these organizations are international and it is therefore possible to search for the equivalent of the Canadian organization in one's own country.