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Thickasabrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:46 PM
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Are there any non-christian sponsor a child organizations?
Edited on Sun Dec-07-08 04:50 PM by whutgives
I don't have anything against Christians or anything, I just would prefer to find one that is secular.

Thanks!!
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:48 PM
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1. A non secular organization would be a religious one.
Do you mean secular?

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Thickasabrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:50 PM
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2. Yes - thank you - fixed it!
Edited on Sun Dec-07-08 04:50 PM by whutgives
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:51 PM
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4. Operation shanti.org
Edited on Sun Dec-07-08 04:58 PM by Midlodemocrat
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:52 PM
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5. Do they actually let you sponsor a specific child? I thought they worked
as a group to bring about change.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:56 PM
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6. You're right. I'll edit.
Thanks.
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hendo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 08:18 PM
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19. they aren't Christian
but aren't they Hindu?
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:51 PM
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3. As a Christian who sponsors a child in Tanzania I would like to alter
your question a little bit. Are there any non-christian or liberal agencies that allow us to sponsor children? I go through Compassion but I would like to be involved with a more liberal group.
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Thickasabrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:09 PM
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11. Do you correspond with the child you are sponsoring or know about
his/her progress? I think that's what I'm looking for - something to make it more real than just a charge out of my account every month. Save the Children has a wonderful ratio as it relates to the percentage of monies used for helping. I may do that one anyway.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 08:47 PM
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21. Yes, we exchange letters with him all the time. I also was sent his
report card from the Mennonite school he goes to. Pics and reports for Compassion. Now that I am involved I would still be working with this little guy and his mother & grandmother no matter what other agency I find.

The thing that upsets me most is some of their policies. For instance when the cost of food started to rise I wanted to send a regular addition to our monthly cost - they only allow extra gifts to be given 3 times a year. They also have some very strict rules regarding anything about sexuality. I do not even know if we dare write about birth control and aids.
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Thickasabrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:43 PM
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23. Thank you for posting this. I always wondered about correspondence
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:10 PM
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12. I go with World Vision - I don't know how it compares to Compassion -
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:29 PM
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16. Doesn't World Vision proselytize? nt
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hendo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 08:17 PM
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18. last I checked they did nt
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fla nocount Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:00 PM
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7. Get past it, sponser a child if you wish without conditions,
I not a Xian either and when approached will tell them to save the Brothers Grimm for the simple minded. But hey, an organization is an organization, use them as they have every intention of using you and, if it helps a kid, all's good.
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HeresyLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:02 PM
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8. Yes please!
I love the kind of thing 'World Vision' does, all except for the religion. I'd like to help feed and educate children, not convert them, or insist they convert before they get helped.

If you know of any secular group doing something similar, please let us know!
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:07 PM
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9. While motivated by faith, the United Church of Christ child sponsorship
program does not proselytize non-Christian children. My church sponsored a child in Dharamsala, a Tibetan Buddhist refugee. The goal of the program there is to offer support for Buddhists, not to make them Christian. That child aged out of the program, but we also sponsor two Palestinian children in Jerusalem. They're both Muslim, and, again, the point is not to make them Christian, but to meet their needs.

Here's a link: http://globalministries.org/get-involved/child-sponsors...
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Thickasabrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:10 PM
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13. Thank you - that is really good to hear.
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nosillies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:09 PM
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10. I have a friend who does it in person, in Cambodia.
She works in conjunction with a group called Off the Mat, Into the World, which I strongly support.

http://www.offthematintotheworld.org/sevachallenge

I like knowing that every penny I give to her goes directly toward getting aid to Cambodian orphans.

However, it's not exactly non-religious, as there is a spiritual component to seva work.

Visit the website, or PM me for more details.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:16 PM
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14. how bout sponsor a kid right here in the USA? foster parent, adopt, no religion involved nt
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 05:28 PM
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15. BINGO!!!! that way NONE of your money goes to pay "overhead" either.
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Thickasabrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:47 PM
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24. I've thought about that but I have never seen a child here in the
states that looked like a skeleton and had flies all over him. If a child here looks like some of those kids in Africa with flies all over them and only bones, I would think about it. I think American children do suffer, but in most states we have a quasi social system that is suppose to help. I don't think some of these countries have any safety net.
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 07:49 PM
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17. You are welcome to sponsor mine.
We take check/cash/money order...you name it.
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 11:03 PM
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22. LOL! Don't forget to send regular reports about how cute and loveable they are.
Sponsors love that!
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 08:25 PM
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20. I sponsor a little boy in Haiti through Plan USA
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Thickasabrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:48 PM
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25. We have a winner - thank you!
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:56 PM
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27. You won't regret it
I took the first child that came up - I didn't want to pass up one that had been on the list for some time.

When I got my packet with his picture I was so touched. I have one of him with his mom too and as a mom I am happy to help her out.


I still give to groups here at home, but wanted to do this too. I'm glad I did.
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Thickasabrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:46 PM
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28. OMG - I took the first kid that came up too!! Little girl from Haiti -
that film on the site absolutely tore me up.
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 09:28 AM
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30. Great!! Let me know when you get your packet
It would be amazing if 'our kids' were from the same area. Sonley is from the north east part of the country - fairly close to the Dominican Republic. I don't remember the town name right now and my paperwork is at home and I'm not.

Here is the picture of him and his mother.



The agency said I should receive my first letter from him soon. I can't wait :-)

Please let me know when you get the info on your child.
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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:57 PM
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26. i sponsor through Children International
i found out about the organization through a radio ad on Air America by Al Franken. i trust Al.
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Mister Ed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:11 PM
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29. Ditto here. n/t
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