I'm sure that there are many wonderful charities in our world, but none of them are more caring and compassionate than World's Children. My family and I have been sponsors for over thirty years. We have watched the little children evolve from homeless, starving street waifs into fine young adults with skills that will enable them to lead successful and happy lives. World's Children is a true charity--only a very small percentage of donations is used for administrative costs. The Director and his wife have dedicated their lives to this cause. I know that my money will be used to help the neediest children in the world. I just wish I could give more!
We have been sponsoring students through WC for 20 years. We started by having our 6th grade Sunday school class sponsor one girl in India as an opportunity to reach out beyond themselves. Over the years we have seen “our girls” graduate or move on and are currently sponsoring 4 girls, 2 of them in graduate school. We are very blessed by being a part of this organization. The staff are very friendly and organized, making us feel like we are one big family. The funds are meticulously accounted for and handled, and they definitely know how to get the most bang for the buck. They are intimately involved with the homes in which they have sponsored children, taking a very “hands-on” approach to management, definitely from the heart. Not only are they concerned that the minimum sponsorship is paid for the most number of students, but they go above and beyond in inquiring, defining, and providing funds for extra needs - needs that for those of us in America would NOT be considered “extra.” Our communications with the office in Oregon are handled professionally and promptly. Regular newsletters keep us informed and interested in the service(s) provided by WC. A relationship between us and our sponsored girls is fostered by the staff in every way possible. We get endearing, heartfelt letters from the girls often and their sentiments expressed are extremely touching. We are provided excellent, regular progress reports and pictures in addition to personal cards and letters from the girls. The monthly sponsorship fee is very reasonable, the service provided is organized, trustworthy, and vital, and the atmosphere set by the staff is professional, sincere, and confidence-inspiring. In partnership with WC, we feel we really are making a difference in these girls’ lives. We have never regretted the money spent or the confidence we have placed in WC to use that money wisely. We have placed World’s Children in our will in order to make sure our girls continue to have the money they need to continue their education.
We began as sponsors through World’s Children in 1976, and have had many Indian “daughters” over the years. Each year their photographs arrive and we see how they have grown and matured. Their letters give us a special connection that we look forward to. Twice we personally have met David Proviance (the executive director and son of the founders). The stories he tells of the lives of the street children before they were rescued by the various homes are heart-breaking, and his passion for helping the neediest of children is inspiring. David doesn’t just sit in an office, but has made many trips to India visiting the homes and making sure that our money is well spent.
Recently we were able to help provide funds for an Indian couple to build a new “home” for 50 children who used to live on the streets. Videos on the website show us the joy of the boys and girls as they moved in.
Many years ago, I was going to India to be part of a wedding party and would have some free time on my hands. I reached out to the many listserves I was on, asking if anyone knew of an organization helping orphaned children in India, AND that would be willing to speak with me during my stay and possibly give me a tour of an orphanage so I could see for myself how the children were cared for, and how the organization interfaced with the admin or each orphanage.
I met David Purviance in India, who provided a wonderful experiential learning opportunity by meeting with me for 2 days, dropping me at one orphanage per day, and allowing me to just be with the children and learn from the administration how they cared for the children during the day. It was amazing and touched my heart.
Upon my return to the US, I was a changed woman. I knew I had to get involved, but I was not sure exactly how. I contacted David again and let him know I wanted to go back to India, I wanted to raise a little funds for a service project, and I wanted it to be with World's Children. I was permitted to get involved with 5 orphanages in the area where I was going, and interview staff, admin, and some children. I spent several weeks doing that, and what I learned was quite amazing.
World's Children not only provides for the basic needs of a child, but they ensure their emotional, educational, and health needs are met as well. They celerate each and every child's birthday! They help them go to college! They build water wells, clean toilets, dorms, school buildings, and kitchens. They teach them to sing and dance and pray. In these orphanages the children are really happy. It is truly wonderful to see an orgnaization with such passion for what they do. The staff are incredible testimonies in their Loving Service Consciousness approach to life.
I joined the Board of Directors a few years later and was just as struck by the integrity on the inside of the organization. They provide 80% of ALL their funds directly overseas. That is an amazing feat, if you understand anything about organizational overhead costs. This means that all of their salaries, admin costs, office suppies, etc, etc, add up to about $20% of budget! As a previous Executive Director, this is very impressive. Be assured that your donations are going to serve the Highest Good of the children and their orphanages.
If you are seeking a greta organization to support, this is the one for you! You can choose to support a child, a home, a project, a garden, purchase a cow, or a lovely birthday party. You choose how to be involved. I like that.
We joined World's Children when our two daughters were young - which was at least 36 years ago. We wanted our children to learn about other children who led different lives. We started with dear Usha who grew up and left the program. Over the years we have increased the number we sponsor to four. Our daughters now have their own families and each family sponsors children through World's Children. The children write lovely letters and are so appreciative to have this chance in life. The staff is like family that can easily be contacted by email or a phone call. The love that Dave and Jean feel for these children spreads to all of us in their long informative letters. They are concerned about every aspect of the child and know many of them personally. Because of World's Children many with little hope find a caring place in which to grow and learn.
I first learned about Worlds Children over 10 years ago when my wife and I traveled throughout India with the director and his wife. We have been back several times since! We visited many of the orphanages where the sponsored children live. With out the monthly sponsor money most of these children would be living on the streets, begging for food. We saw happy thriving children with compassionate loving staff members providing food, housing, education and clothes. So little goes a long way in India.
The Worlds Children staff is highly efficient and effective in delivering the needed funds and in managing a very complex supervisory system. I am amazed at how well they maintain contact with orphanage administrators, the children, and each donor. Every detail from food/nutrition, clothing, birthday recognition, education and housing is well managed. A growing element of Worlds Children is education with over 100 children receiving scholarship funds to attend college. Vocational training is also important and an emphasis is being made to help make each and every children "self sufficient".