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Solidary Child Sponsorships:

 

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Are all funds sent to Solidary Foundation deductible for U.S. Income Tax purposes?

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What is child sponsorship?  

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Is a sponsorship for a specific length of time? 

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How can I provide lasting support to Solidary Foundation? 

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What happens to a child when a sponsor discontinues the sponsorship?

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Are all Solidary Foundation children orphans? 

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Will I receive a bill each month?

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How do I send gifts over and above my usual monthly donation? (Designated Funds) 

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How will I know my contributions make an impact? 

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Where do I send my Donation or sponsorship payment?  

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Is Solidary Foundation connected with other welfare agencies or churches?  

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What specific benefits will the child I sponsor receive?  

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How long should my child sponsorship last?  

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If I must discontinue my child sponsorship, what happens to the child I'm helping?  

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Will I be the only person sponsoring the child I'm helping?  

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Are my contributions to Solidary foundation, including my sponsorship support and gifts, tax-deductible? 

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 How much does child sponsorship cost?

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Where does my money go?

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How are children selected for the child sponsorship program?

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How does child sponsorship fit with community development?

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How long will my sponsorship last?

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Which regions can I sponsor a child from?

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How is Plan different from other child sponsorship organizations?

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1. Are all funds sent to Solidary Foundation deductible for U.S. Income Tax purposes?
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Yes, The United States Treasury Department Internal Revenue Services, has registered Solidary Foundation as a tax free charitable organization and has asserted that all U.S. contributions made to Solidary Foundation are tax deductible.

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2. What is child sponsorship?
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Sponsoring a child is helping to assist with their basic needs, such as food, clothing, and education. Sponsorship is not a legal adoption. Many of our children have parents or guardians, but they cannot provide for their basic needs. Becoming a sponsor would help a child by providing him/her with support that he/she would not otherwise have to succeed in everyday life. Through our sponsorship program you can help provide a child with educational needs, school supplies, clothing, food and other necessities like medical needs.

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3. Is a sponsorship for a specific length of time?
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A sponsorship may be continued for as many years as a sponsor wishes. But, since life holds so many uncertainties, a sponsor may cancel a sponsorship at any time. However, we do ask that you notify us. 

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4. How can I provide lasting support to Solidary Foundation?
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Charitable gifts included as part of your long-range estate and financial planning can offer a wonderful way to provide lasting support for organizations like Solidary Foundation that will survive well into the future. It is possible to make a "gift of a lifetime" while possibly minimizing taxes and settlement cost and conserving more of your estate for loved ones. Your gift can provide permanent, ongoing support.

Memorial gifts can serve as an enduring and loving tribute to one or more individuals while contributing to the benefit of future generations.

you may qualify for an income tax deduction the year you make the gift. If you give appreciated securities, you may also save on Capital Gain Taxes; check with your tax advisor. 

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5. What happens to a child when a sponsor discontinues the sponsorship?
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Solidary Foundation tries to find another sponsor for the child as soon as possible. 

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6. Are all Solidary Foundation children orphans?
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Some are orphans. Some are abandoned children. Some have one parent. Some have both parents who, because of illness or misfortune, cannot support their families. Other children, perhaps the most forlorn of all, come from broken homes. Solidary Foundation 's concern is to help as many needy children as possible, whether or not they are orphans. 

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7. Will I receive a bill each month?
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With each contribution you will receive a receipt with attached payment coupon and envelope that may be used for your next contribution. Only if you have chosen to make quarterly, semi-annual or annual contributions will a memo be sent to remind you when your next sponsorship payment is due. You may also opt to have us automatically charge your sponsorship to your American Express, Visa, or Mastercard. 

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8. How do I send gifts over and above my usual monthly donation?
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Additional money gifts (Designated Funds), whether they are check, money order, or credit card should be sent to our Miami, FL. headquarters. The full amount of your gift will then be forwarded on to the volunteer project coordinator for your child, where they will assist or purchase the gift(s) according to your instructions. Please do not send money directly to your sponsored child, as often neither the child, nor the project coordinator has the means to exchange foreign currency, if you sponsor an international child. Likewise, we ask that if your sponsored child is in the United States, please follow the same instructions above so we may provide you with a receipt and ensure that your child receives the gift. If you sponsor a foreign child, due to high customs duties and the likelihood of loss or theft, please do not send any packages. 

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9. How will I know my contributions make an impact?
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Solidary Foundation  keeps sponsors and donors informed of the progress being made in their sponsored child's community through Annual Progress Reports, updated photos, and Program Reports.

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10.Where do I send my Donation or sponsorship payment?
A. Please send all donations, gifts, or sponsorship payments to our office address:

Solidary Foundation
7295 N.W. 64TH ST.
MIAMI, FLORIDA 33166
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 

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11. Is Solidary Foundation connected with other welfare agencies or churches? 
A.  Solidary Foundation is not affiliated with any other organization, but we work with churches, schools and welfare centers, assisting youngsters of all races and creeds. 

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12.What specific benefits will the child I sponsor receive?
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The child you sponsor through Solidary Foundation will receive opportunities and services that most of the world's poorest children will simply never see. These opportunities and services include the following:

The opportunity to receive an education: In some cases, this means providing the cost of school fees, clothing and supplies. In other cases, it means providing tutoring, help with homework, encouragement and, if necessary, participation in a literacy program outside the classroom. Your sponsorship will allow one special child to stay in school longer if formal schooling is an option and get the most out of his or her education.  

The opportunity to be healthy: The health of the child you sponsor will be monitored and care will be provided as needed. Children are taught about hygiene and how to maintain personal health. In addition, and according to their needs, many Solidary Foundation children receive supplementary food.

The opportunity to develop self-confidence and social skills: The child you support will be part of a Solidary Foundation program where adults offer love, guidance, personal attention, guided recreation and safety. 

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13.How long should my child sponsorship last?
A. Solidary Foundation child sponsorship offers you the opportunity to stay with a child for a number of years, usually through the school year in which the child reaches the age of 18 to 22 (varies by country). While we hope that you will be able to continue in your support of your sponsored child until he or she completes the  program, we recognize that sponsors' circumstances sometimes change. You may discontinue your sponsorship at any time. 

Please understand that a sponsored child's circumstances may change, too. For example, sometimes families move beyond the reach of Solidary Foundation 's program and children have to leave Solidary Foundation sponsorship. 

We will inform you as quickly as possible if any such circumstance affects the child you sponsor, and we'll offer you the opportunity to support another child in need of your help.  

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14.If I must discontinue my child sponsorship, what happens to the child I'm helping?
A. If you need to discontinue your child sponsorship, we will immediately look for a new sponsor for your child and continue the child's sponsorship support without interruption. 

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15.Will I be the only person sponsoring the child I'm helping?
A. Yes. The child you're helping has just one sponsor: you. That's why your prayers, letters and support mean so much to your sponsored child. Even if you choose to sponsor a child as a family or a group (for example, a youth group or a Sunday school class), the child you help will still be relating to your family or group as his or her only sponsor. No other group or individual will also sponsor the child you help.

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16.Are my contributions to Solidary foundation, including my sponsorship support and gifts, tax-deductible?
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Yes. All contributions to Solidary Foundation  are tax-deductible in the United States. As a requirement of the 1993 Revenue Reconciliation Act, we verify that no goods or services of value are given to you for your contribution. 

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17. How much does child sponsorship cost?
A. Your sponsorship will be helping make possible programs that respond to your sponsored child's (and other children's) most basic needs; programs that provide children and their families with better health, better education, safer homes, increased income and more.

‚ÄĘCritical vaccination and nutrition programs
‚ÄĘPre- and postnatal care for mothers
‚ÄĘHealth clinic construction
‚ÄĘCommunity midwife and health volunteer training
‚ÄĘCommunity water system and well construction
‚ÄĘHome construction and renovation
‚ÄĘHousehold and school latrine construction
‚ÄĘSchools construction and renovation
‚ÄĘTeacher training
‚ÄĘVocational, agricultural and livestock training to improve household food and income
‚ÄĘAccess to savings and credit¬†

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18.Where does my money go?
A. Money raised through child sponsorship goes to projects that benefit the whole community, not individual children. Sponsored children act as representatives of their community. 

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19 How are children selected for the child sponsorship program?
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The selection of children for sponsorship is determined at group meetings of the community where families and the child volunteer to be enrolled in the child sponsorship program. 

Sponsored children do not receive preferential treatment over other children in the village, which ensures that all children receive the benefits of your sponsorship. They do however receive regular monitoring as part of the child sponsorship program, as well as sponsor letters and small gifts which are always cherished and gratefully received.

‚ÄĘGirls and boys are sponsored equally in each community.
‚ÄĘA child will graduate at 18 years of age, unless special circumstances apply.
‚ÄĘA family may graduate from the program due to improved situation, which will allow another child and family to enter the child sponsorship program.¬†

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20.How does child sponsorship fit with community development?
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The ongoing commitment of child sponsorship allows a steady stream of funds that Plan can allocate in advance to ensure community development work continues. 

The number of children sponsored is directly related to a real figure of resources that are needed to realize the community's development goals. If Plan has not found sponsors for children that are part of the program, then that project is not fully funded. 

Communities in need are chosen by Plan through detailed research, which identifies the degree of poverty as part of the assessment. 

Plan then spends three to six months consulting with the community. Youth, women, leaders and of course, children are approached individually and in groups to gain a sense of the challenges and priorities of the community. 

The next step is to work on a small project that has a short timeframe of around six to 12 months to see how Plan and the community can work together. 

After almost a year of community consultation and building relationships, trust and confidence, Plan and the community undertake a child sponsorship program where projects are chosen by the community and facilitated through Plan, which provides specialist training as well as the various resources required to complete the project successfully. 

Once the community is considered to have the skills and knowledge to be able to sustain itself, and the desire to build a better life for their children‚ÄĒsometimes after as long as 10 years or so (sometimes longer), Plan withdraws and moves to a new area.¬†

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21. How long will my sponsorship last?
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We hope that you will want to be part of Plan’s work for some time. Our work is long-term and committed support from sponsors allows us to achieve lasting results. Many of our sponsors stay with us for a significant number of years and some sponsor several children during that time. Some other sponsors stay with us for shorter periods. However long you will be with us, your sponsorship is very important to us. Children are normally sponsored until they reach the age of 18. 

Circumstances can however change during your sponsorship: the child's family might migrate to another area, our work within that community might come to an end or your financial circumstances could change. 

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22.Which regions can I sponsor a child from?
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Plan has child sponsorship programs in Asia, West Africa, East & Southern Africa and Central & South America. Learn more about the countries where Plan works. 

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23.How is Plan different from other child sponsorship organizations?
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Plan ensures that children are at the heart of everything we do. We make this happen by encouraging children to participate and contribute their ideas and opinions so that they are truly heard in their community. Being child centered is the foundation of our organization and those values are represented throughout the work we do and in our approach to community development. 

Plan is non-religious and non-political in its orientation and accepts all children and communities into its child sponsorship program, regardless of their sex, race, political persuasion or religion‚ÄĒpoverty does not discriminate so nor do we.

Plan is respectful of all cultural differences and does not promote any religious or political agenda in communities in which we work. 

Sponsor a child today!

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