FAQs

All you want to know about long-distance support


How much is the long-distance support contribution?

The minimum contribution required to support a child long-distance is 240 euros per year: 65 cent per day, less than the price of a cup of coffee. The money is payable in one instalment or can be paid periodically at the convenience of the sponsor (20 euros per month, 40 euros bimonthly, 60 euros quarterly,…) The Becas project in Peru is an exception: it requires a payment of 320 euros to be made in one instalment by the 31st of January each year.

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How will my money be used?

As a signatory to the Charter of Quality Criteria for Long-Distance Support Projects, Cesvitem is required to use 80% of funds for project activity, limiting to 20% the amount used in Italy for spending on management activities (promoting public awareness, printing and sending the quarterly publication Il Girotondo, activity monitoring, auditing of accounts, administration, telephone, banking and postage). In certain cases, part of the funding intended for project activities (up to a maximum of 5%) can be used for community development initiatives.

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Who receives the money which I donate?

Your contribution is not sent directly to the child you support, or to her/his family, but is pooled with the donations of other sponsors and sent monthly to the local project co-ordinator who uses it in the carrying out of planned activities. As well as guaranteeing the proper use of collected money, in this way it is possible also to involve and benefit those children not yet formally supported by an Italian patron.

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How do I set up long-distance support?

It’s very simple. Fill out the internet application form and we will send you a summary of the details of a child. Make a photocopy of the summary and complete it with your details, attach the receipt of the first payment and send it all in a sealed envelope to Cesvitem Onlus, via Mariutto 68, 30035 Mirano (VE), Italy. The original photo and summary are yours to keep.

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We are a group: can we set up long-distance support?

Yes, you can. The important thing is to give the name and address of one person, in order to simplify mailings and communication.

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Can I choose the type of child I want to support?

In so far as available profiles allow, you can choose the nationality and gender of the child you wish to support. Remember, though, that today it is still very much the case in the Southern world that females have fewer opportunities than males and also that it is not always easy to find a sponsor to support older children.

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How can I pay the contribution for long-distance support?

You will be able to choose the frequency with which you pay your contribution instalments, using one of our postal or banking current accounts, quoting on the description of payment form the long-distance support project identification code (included with the summary of the child’s details which you will have been sent).

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For how long must I keep up my involvement in long-distance support?

The minimum commitment we ask of you is one year, although we count on having you with us to provide enough continuity for the child you support so that he/she can receive sustained help during the most critical years of growth.

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When does the support end?

Long-distance support usually finishes when the child leaves the programme having reached the age limit or having concluded her/his studies. But it can also end early if the child gives up schooling, does not take part in the prescribed project activities or if the family moves to another area. If one of the latter outcomes applies, you will receive a letter explaining the reasons for ending the support, together with a proposal for the support of another child to whom you can transfer your commitment, if you wish.

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How can I cancel the support?

You can cancel the support at any time giving adequate notice to our secretary (tel. [Italy] +39 041 5700843, e-mail info@cesvitem.it). In such an event we ask that you post back to us the original photo and summary of details so that we can look for another sponsor to take on the commitment.

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If I cancel the support does the child automatically have to leave the project?

No, the child continues to benefit from the planned activities even if not formally supported long-distance.

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What kind of information will I receive? How frequently?

Apart from the original summary, twice a year, depending on circumstances and the child’s age, you will receive a letter from the child you support. If the child is too young and unable to write, the letter will be written by a relative or by one of the project workers. In addition, updates of the various projects will be published in our magazine Il Girotondo (which you will receive quarterly by post) and on our website www.cesvitem.org.

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What kind of letter can I expect from the child I support?

In most cases it will be short and very simple: these are children who live in difficult circumstances, who struggle to go to school and who are not used to communicating in written form. As well as this, the age of the child may not necessarily be a good guide to educational attainment and, therefore, to the ability to write. But, for these very reasons, you should appreciate all the more the effort made to write to you by the child you support.

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May I write a letter to the child?

Certainly, in fact we recommend that you do so. A letter from you, a photo, or a postcard from your town will become a great gift for the child you support, like a window opening on the world. Your encouragement to study hard, for example, can make an enormous difference. We advise only that you do not include your address, to avoid the possibility that adults around the child you support might make improper use of it. Letters can be sent in Italian to the designated address for each project: local project workers will provide translations and will forward the messages. Remember always to quote the child’s name and the long-distance project identification code at the start of the letter.

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Can I put money in the envelope?

We strongly advise against it: it would be unlikely to reach its destination.

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Is it possible to use electronic mail?

It is better not to use it. Many countries have electricity problems; connections are difficult and costly and dealing with e-mail can considerably add to the workload of local project workers. Also, it is much better for a child to receive warmer and more personal communications such as handwritten letters, photos and postcards.

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Can I send presents to the child?

It is not permitted to send packets or presents to individual children: our local partners would have to pay high customs and excise charges and, what’s more, it would create jealousy amongst the children. For each project a gift fund has been created, to which you can pay a contribution, and which will be used to buy a present for all of the children who benefit from the project.

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Can I go to meet the child?

Certainly, we recommend that you should experience personally the reality in which she/he lives, the progress he/she is making and our task. The visit would have to be entirely at your expense and you would have to give us advance notice to enable us to organize it so that it fits in with local culture and circumstances. Our workers are available for your visit to the project and your meeting with the child but cannot provide travel and accommodation support.

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Can I invite the child to my country?

We strongly advise you not to do this: apart from the bureaucratic problems, you should consider the difficulty for the child in adapting to a culture so different from her/his own, not to mention the trauma of having to return to the country of origin.

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