October 29, 2013
I have been a sponsor of a little girl in India for over a year now, and I am so glad that I decided to sponsor through CFCA! Although I am not Christian, I appreciated this organization's mission and their option to let you select a specific child. While there's a lot to be said for donating money and letting it be distributed according to need, there's something profoundly moving and important about adding a HUMAN element to the transaction, and letting the sponsor and the sponsored form a bond. Getting to look through all of the bios and photographs really drives home the point that these are real children and real families, and gives you the opportunity to select one whose experience (or name, or birthday, or hobbies, or goals) resonate with yours. I think that this makes the letter-writing more genuine and less forced, and it makes the sponsor (me!) more likely to continue sponsoring, and to sponsor more people in the future. I didn't want to just be *assigned* someone to help, and CFCA let me search through a selection of faces and stories to find someone I really, truly, wanted to get to know and make her life just a little bit better. I have enjoyed every letter I've received, I love writing back, and CFCA posts great updates online - and created an awesome musical documentary, too! Although I've never taken a trip or researched too much into the program beyond my own surface-level experiences (and therefore am not well-informed enough to leave 5 stars instead of 4), I have no complaints whatsoever about this organization, and will go through them again when I am able to sponsor a second or third friend in the months or years to come.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Provide more information and more updates about my sponsored child. I'm always so curious, and want to know more about her situation, her community, her family - although her letters are lovely, she is quite young, and doesn't necessarily write about everything that I'd love to know (from a sponsor's POV).
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