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Review for Activated Ministries, Escondido, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

The infamous sect of ‘The Children of God’ –aka ‘The Family International’, - needed a front, in fact many fronts. Activated Ministries is just one of them, and although uses the excuse of being a book and DVDs wholesale, they barely assist only their own members in other parts of the world, while maintaining a deceitful cover-up. A clear infringement of charitable ethics. In regards of book donations, compare ‘Activated Ministries’ with institutions fully dedicated to eradicate illiteracy and to help poor children to fashion love for books like ‘Books for Africa’ or ‘Room to Read’. While the last ones uphold four stars here at the Charity Navigator, ‘Activated Ministries’ artificially ‘produces’ just one star.
Mentioning books, someone came to the rescue of AM, introducing herself as director of ‘Sponsor a Book’. Again, The Children of God’s tactic, where the front is used to simply ‘provide’ a good face, while no much gets done. If someone wishes to support a truly charitable institution to enhance education in Mexico, they can turn for ‘Worldfund’, for example, which uses education to fight poverty in Latin America and cooperates with ‘Becalos’ and other local foundations. So again, whereas ‘Activated Ministries’ –‘Sponsor a Book’ and their other different branches- hold a charitable certificate, they request help for their own, thus trying to preserve a life style that at the end contributes poorly to the charitable community.

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