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Save the Children Federation, Inc.
March 2, 2012

I have been very happy overall with Save the Children. I sponsor 4 children through them currently, in 3 different countries, although 3 of those are rather new, and I don't have data on them yet. But I've sponsored a child continuously through them for about 18 years (4 different children). They are great about sending regular updates, and handwritten letters and drawings from the sponsored children. I have sponsored the girl in Nepal the longest, and it gives me an immeasurable joy to see how she has progressed over the years... when I first started sponsoring her she looked frightened and probably didn't have much of a future, being a girl in a culture that favors male children, and being an Untouchable (Dalit) in a poverty-stricken community. I am able to send her small gifts, which the STE country coordinator emails me about promptly, to say what was received. In the past, I've even received photos of my sponsored child with my gifts! So I know they arrived, and that she got them. I actually love to write to the children, and I have read a statistic somewhere that sponsored children who receive letters from their sponsors (even just one letter a year) do significantly better (some 30% or so) academically than children who do not receive letters. I can't change the whole world, but maybe I can help a few people out there. And Save The Children makes that possible. I traveled to Nepal a few years ago, and while I wasn't able to make it to the far-flung region where my sponsored child is, I was able to meet with the STE country coordinator in Kathmandu. She was great -- she made time to meet with me and she was incredibly kind and thoughtful even though I'm not a big donor to STE. I really like the STE website which allows donors to login, see photos of their sponsored children, and see what is being done in their specific communities. Also, their website (after you've logged in) allows you to send an email message to your child. This is a great feature! The only negative thing I have to say about STE are that if a child moves out of STE's impact area (something over which STE has no control) they will give you a new child to sponsor. That has happened to me twice, and it makes me sad....because of course you want to see the child grow and flourish. I think that when kids turn 18 in the STE program, they are "done" and at that point you get another child. But I don't see how STE can do much about whether or not a child moves out of their impact area. I have heard people complain a about being bombarded by mail from STE, but that hasn't happened to me or anyone I know. I get regular (but not overboard) mailings from STE, just enough to keep me informed. I do wish there was a way for me to continue sponsoring my child for longer. I know that the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging allows donors to sponsor the children through their twenties (for university or trade school or whatever) for the same cost as sponsoring a child in grade school or high school ($30/mo). I wish that Save the Children offered a similar program.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Donor

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CONSERVATION THROUGH POVERTY ALLEVIATION INTERNATIONAL INC
April 30, 2010

CPALI has done an outstanding job of being responsive to what we requested our funds be used for, namely support for expansion of the field (farmer) program and the CPALI demonstration sites. CPALI has provided frequent update and complete financial disclosure. I have had the privilege of traveling to their sites to see the work they are doing on the ground in Madagascar, have talked to their farmers and have also positively evaluated their responses to the program. It has been a pleasure to work with them.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Madagascar, in the field.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing that a sustainable green business is possible in such an isolated and impoverished area.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

implement its program throughout Madagascar, as well as in many other environmentally sensitive sites in developing countries throughout the world.

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about CPALI, and if they had more funds to work with.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a disorganized Malagasy government, people that don't quite understand the program and need to be educated about it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Dr. Catherine Craig is doing a fantastic job!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Donor & Support of CPALI farmers & workshops.