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How does Christian Aid spend its money?

We strongly believe that as much as possible of the money you give should go to the people who need it most. For example, out of every pound/euro we received in 2006/2007, we spent:
• 40 pence/cent on development programmes
• 30 pence/cent on emergencies
• 13 pence/cent on campaigning, education, advocacy
• 1 pence/cent on management and administration
• 16 pence/cent on fundraising

Funds are channelled into local community groups and church organisations in the countries where we work. These organisations – our partners – use the money to help people directly. We do not give money to governments or fund individuals.

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Our school is thinking of raising money for Christian Aid. Where will the money go? Can we say how we want it to be spent?

To effectively fight poverty, its root causes need to be addressed. Christian Aid makes sure money goes to the people and projects that need it most. Donated money goes into a central budget and is allocated to partners according to need. We maintain a close relationship with partners to learn more about their needs, to offer support and to check that money is being spent wisely. We also campaign for changes to the structures that keep people poor, such as world trade rules.

If you want to specify the sort of project you would like the money you raise to go to, such as healthcare or an agricultural project, you can select something from our Present Aid catalogue. Whether you opt for a cute pair of goats, a brand new water pump, or a school grant, you will know you are making a difference. Visit the Present Aid catalogue.

How do I know that the money I give gets to the people it’s meant for?

Christian Aid believes that local people in developing countries are in the best position to understand the causes of their problems and how to resolve them. That’s why we work with our partners, local organisations including churches that provide analysis, responses and person power while Christian Aid provides resources.

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Does Christian Aid receive funding from the National Lottery?

No, Christian Aid receives no funds from the National Lottery, and doesn't apply for them.

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Does Christian Aid send goods overseas?

Christian Aid believes that it is better for its partners to decide locally exactly what they need because the cost of storing, packing and shipping goods is often greater than buying new goods in bulk. In addition, buying locally is normally much cheaper and helps stimulate the local economy. If you wish to donate goods to charity, there are many local charity shops around the UK and Ireland that are glad to receive good quality new and second hand items.

Where can I find out about Christian Aid Week?

Each year in May, over 300,000 volunteers and 20,000 local churches and committees get involved to make Christian Aid Week the largest house-to-house collection in the UK and Ireland. Christian Aid Week is an important date for the Christian Aid calendar as it successfully raises funds, hugely boosts our profile, and attracts vital publicity for our campaigns.

Visit our website www.christianaid.org.uk for information and resources. Each year we produce a Christian Aid Week resource packed with inspiring short videos, worship material, PowerPoint presentations and great fundraising ideas.

My youth group would like to sponsor a child. Can we do this through Christian Aid?

Understandably, people love child-sponsorship schemes. It’s nice to receive letters and photos from an individual you help, allowing you to see where your money goes and learn about life in a far-off country. However, Christian Aid believes that it is better to help whole communities through our partner organisations rather than sponsor individuals. A village well, a community school, a trained primary health worker; these can all help to improve life for everyone, including children.

Although some sponsorship schemes do support projects that benefit the community, the mechanics of sponsoring – recording the progress of each child, translating letters, taking photos – cost money. This is money that is being spent on the needs of the donor, not the child.

Additionally, sponsored individuals may become passive recipients of charity rather than actively working for change. Letters from sponsors may also give the child glimpses of lives very different to their own, leading to comparisons and dissatisfaction. The best aid programmes build on the enthusiasm and enterprise of the people they help. That is why Christian Aid prefers to work through local partners who in turn work with local people to help them help themselves.

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