November 15, 2012
I have been a sponsor with Children International for sixteen years. I knew very little about the organization when I first started--I was only fourteen, and researching things on the Internet wasn't nearly as common then as it is nowadays--but I knew that my grandmother had sponsored a little boy for years. I chose a child in Colombia and began sponsoring Gisel, who was only five years younger than me. Over the years, the number of children I have sponsored has fluctuated up and down depending on my own financial situation, but even at my poorest I never considered dropping from the program entirely. The services Children International provides to the children is truly life-changing, and I am grateful for the opportunity to take part. I currently sponsor ten children--nine in the Philippines and one in Guatemala. I am planning to go visit them in the next year--I love that Children International not only is willing to work with sponsors who want to visit, but they actively encourage it! Other reviewers have commented about extra money for birthdays and holidays being divided among all the children--this is clearly stated in the communication from the organization. If you want to send a donation specifically for your child, they are happy to accommodate you--all you have to do is specify that your gift of $50 or more is "child specific". It's simple. Another concern voiced by reviewers is that the letters sound like copied, form letters. With younger children, it is true that this is sometimes the case--younger children are assisted with their letters or sometimes write them as a group activity--but you will find that as your child grows older and more independent, their letters become longer, more unique, and more personal. It's a real treat to be able to watch your child grow and progress in this way! All in all, I couldn't be happier with Children International, and I plan to continue sponsoring with their organization for a long, long time to come.
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