(KHW-INDIA DIRECTOR ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS)
1 What is KHW-India?
KHW-India is a Christian response to the child in need. It is part of an ever-growing concern for children and communities in difficult situations. Our work focuses mainly in the areas of providing quality education, health care and life skills. Our main program is sponsorship. However, we also engage in Relief & Rehabilitation, Shelter improvement, Vocational training, Medical Relief & Camps, Debt Aid, Legal Assistance, Income generation, etc. In a nutshell – all our activities are directed towards making our world a better place for our children.
2 How is the sponsorship money used?
KHW-India does not give money to the family/community. A major part of the sponsorship goes to pay for the child's education. Since we try to provide quality education. This comes at a price. The balance money, if any, goes to a reserve fund, which takes care of training, health and urgent needs of the child/family. For major medical or any other intervention we put up a request to the sponsor or other donors. We very conscientiously try to limit administrative expenses. Our aim is to keep it around 10% only.
It may be important to note that the sponsorship money may be enough to provide education of a reasonable standard. However, for higher education and training we need to request the sponsor or other donors for additional help.
3 How long will a sponsor need to help?
KHW-India believes that a sponsorship should enable a child to get education and skills to lead an economically independent, happy and productive life. This requires a deep and long term commitment by the sponsor. We believe that a child should get at least 14 years of schooling- 2 years in the Kindergarten, followed by 12 years at school. This basic educational foundation then determines the future, education, training and employment potential.
In our experience when a sponsor is unable to continue helping then there are others who take on the challenge. For us it is important that the process of change initiated in a child's life is not allowed to stop.
4 How much is needed to sponsor a child?
A monthly contribution of Euro 30 / £ 20 / $ 35 or its equivalent.
5 Do Sponsorship programs work?
Yes they do. Sponsorship enables a child to get a good education, enjoy good health and aspire for a better quality of life. How far a child is able to capitalize on the privilege depends on the motivation and individual abilities.
I was myself helped through a sponsorship program. So if you need proof. Then here I am!
6 In which parts of India do you serve?
Although KHW-India has partners in different parts of India . We are presently focusing on the newly formed State of Uttarakhandl in North India . There are 13 Districts in this Sate of which 7 are in the Garhwal Division. KHW-India is presently serving in only 2, Dehradun and Tehri. We plan to have work in all 7 districts of Garhwal.
Almost 87% of Uttarakhandl consists of high mountain land, largely inaccessible and remote. Life and work represents its own unique challenge.
7 Does KHW-India help only Christians?
No. KHW-India does not discriminate on basis of religion, caste or colour. We are Christian. Christ inspires our social action. However, help is provided on the basis of need. The truth is that we help more non-Christians then we do Christians. It is also important to note that while extending help we do not engage in any coercion, inducement or force to convert people to our faith.
8 Where does KHW-India see itself in the next five years?
In the next 5 years KHW-India would like to see itself become a contextually relevant, functionally effective and a nationally credible child development organization which seeks continuous challenge from the values advocated by Jesus Christ.
9 Does KHW-India have any criteria for selecting children for sponsorships?
Yes. However, we must recognize that different situations and geographical locations require that we adopt different criteria in selecting children for sponsorship.
Nevertheless KHW-India observes some broad guidelines:
Preference is given to non-institutional, family/community-based care. In the majority of cases the child is not to be separated from its family/community. Only in exceptional cases, institutional care is provided.
Child Selection is from a particular area or community. This has a more tangible influence in the life of the particular community. It will also facilitates the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programs. If children are selected randomly and are scattered in different locations then the program's effectiveness is compromised.
Family size determines the purchasing power and its overall well-being. Through our involvement we try to encourage that communities make a conscious decision to limit themselves to small families.
Child status is the most important concern. Preference is given to Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances, being orphans, semi-orphans and victims of social inequalities and unrest.
The particular circumstance of the child may be due to a variety of reasons.
To ensure that help is provided to most deserving we try to Asses the situation from as many perspectives as possible:
This includes income form all sources, regularity, income per head [i.e. total income divided by number of dependent family members]. Assets productive, non-productive, inherited, shared and created. Purchasing power.
Shelter perspective: House, size, materials, own, rented, etc.
Health perspective: Child, family community. Access to facilities. Attitude towards small family and reproductive choice.
Social perspective: Caste, ethnicity, slum rural, injustice, inequalities, unrest, and problems [e.g. gambling, alcoholism, etc.]
Gender perspective: Preference is given to the girl child.
Literacy perspective: Family and community literacy status. Attitudes towards education.
Community perspective: Community participation, cooperation, invitation and recommendation.