May 26, 2012
Reading these reviews, many people seem to be disappointed with the sponsorship program. You need to understand YOU ARE NO SPONSORING ONE CHILD! Plan makes it very clear that they work on COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. This means that your sponsor child is just a symbolic link to the COMMUNITY you're supporting. They don't receive any more aid than another child in the community. This might be why they don't have as strong of a connection with the donor as you might have hoped. Additionally, people seem to be concerned that 1. administrative costs are increasing and 2. that communication is less than they'd like, without recognizing that you need admin to better communication. I recently had the opportunity to visit my sponsor child and her community, and I'm must say, I was incredibly impressed. The local staff was efficient and friendly, and Plan organized the logistics of my visit for me. I got to see the school, water access points, sanitation facilities and health care units that had previously been sent to me in photographs, so I know all correspondence I had with the community was accurate.
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