My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for ChildFund International, Richmond, VA, USA
I think there is always some good that comes from organizations like this. That said, it's about how best to use one's money to help others. The child I sponsored was muslim, which is fine, but he (the person writing) would almost always methodically include a sentence in his letters about how he celebrated this or that holiday with his Christians friends (though Christians made up less tha five percent of the population). ChildFund also automatically extended the sponsorship past the age of 18. Finally, when my sponsored child did get a job, Child Fund automatically had me sponsor another child. I called immediately - as I have been waiting for years to end my relationship with ChildFund - to cancel my new sponsorship. I got a letter back stating that ChildFund was saddening that I was cancelling my sponsorship with the new child. But since they had already made a commitment to the new child, they'd find someone else. Had to say, that made me fell like I was shirking my responsibility. It's not about me, but the child, I know.
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Thank you for your comment. We certainly did not intend to suggest you were “shirking your responsibility.” Many sponsors are excited when their child graduates or finds a job but also are sad about the end of the relationship. We automatically offer another child to sponsor since the individuals have been so committed. However, some, like yourself, do not wish to sponsor an additional child, and we understand that. Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. More importantly, thank you for the years in which you sponsored your child. You truly made a difference.