Q&A on Sponsorship
Q&A on Sponsorship
- Who can become a sponsor?
- How long is the commitment?
- How does Plan select program countries?
- Why does my money go toward community development rather than directly to my sponsored child and his or her family?
- Does Plan support projects devoted exclusively to education?
- Could my sponsored child be removed from the program?
- Can I meet other sponsors to talk about Plan? Are there any special activities for sponsors?
Q1 Who can become a sponsor?
Anyone who is willing to support our purpose and respect children's rights is welcome. It doesn't matter where you come from or how old you are.You can join as an individual, with friends, or as a school or company.(For those under 18 year old, please get the agreement from your guardian.)
Q2 How long is the commitment?
The length of your commitment is up to you. We encourage you to support your sponsored child until his or her living conditions improve significantly.
Q3 How does Plan select program countries?
Two criteria are a child mortality rate for children under five years old of more than 40 per thousand, and a human development index of under 0.72. Plan obtains approval from the governments where we operate. Children in project areas from newborns to age 12 are registered as sponsored children. Household income and willingness to participate in the program are also considered.
Q4 Why does my money go toward community development rather than directly to my sponsored child and his or her family?
Giving money or supplies may provide temporary relief, but it does not solve the problem of chronic poverty. Providing assistance to improve the community, on the other hand, offers hope for long-term solutions. Also, your sponsored child most likely lives in a community where people place a high value on their relationships with neighbors. Giving cash to one child would disrupt the community. Above all else, we must avoid becoming a source of conflict in our development efforts.
Q5 Does Plan support projects devoted exclusively to education?
No. We operate educational projects as part of a comprehensive development assistance program for the community. Many children in developing countries are not able to go to school, but it is not enough simply to provide scholarships or build schools. We attempt to address the many complex root causes of poverty and create an environment in which children can learn more effectively.
Q6 Could my sponsored child be removed from the program?
Yes. In principle, when your sponsored child turns 18 years old, or the community develops to the point that it no longer requires assistance, children are removed from the program. Other instances include the death of a sponsored child or his or her moving out of the program's target area. If you wish to continue your support in such a case, we will introduce you to a new sponsored child.
Q7 Can I meet other sponsors to talk about Plan? Are there any special activities for sponsors?
There are many sponsor groups throughout Japan where you can meet other sponsors and exchange information. We occasinally have photo exhibition or serminar and you can join them to learn more about Plan activities. Guest speakers from program countries also give presentations from time to time, and, on request, Plan International Japan staff members speak to groups interested in development issues or Plan activities
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