I have sponsored a child through Children International for over 20 years. I have currently started sponsoring my third child. The organization is run efficiently & I receive letters & pictures of my sponsored child on a regular basis. It makes me feel good to know I am helping a child & family in need. There is so much sadness & need in the world, people that have the resources to help others should do it. This is a way you can help others & yourself to feel better & send love into the world. We could all use a little more of that, right?
Being a scientist myself, I did a lot of research when I decided to sponsor a child. The biggest issue for me was to be sure that the help reaches the child I choose to sponsor and that I get the regularly updated information about him/her.
Currently I am sponsoring two girls with CI and the experience is so much more than I could ever dream about. The staff in the main office in Kansas and in the regional offices go beyond their duties to ensure that all your questions and concerns are answered. They are always available and answer emails right away. One of the girls I sponsor has a difficult situation at home and the staff did everything to help her improve the situation meanwhile communicating with me about what is going on.
CI also gives a possibility to help a child beyond your regular monthly payments and the donation goes directly to the family (the staff buys the things the family want, the money itself are never given to the family to ensure its proper spending, which I really like). If a sponsor makes such an extra donation he/she gets photos, letter and the report of the things bought and why they were chosen. It's really incredible to see how the child (and the whole family) life in gradually improving.
But the most rewarding part is that CI makes you fell like you are right there with a child and his/her family talking, helping, asking questions, but without spending much time doing it yourself.
The website CI uses is incredible having all the information you want and choices you need. The website LiftOne where all the discussions happen is helping me a lot to learn more about the organization and to share the lives of the children I sponsor.