Q: How can I donate to Cherishindia?
A: You can either make a one-off donation, or set up a child sponsorship on our donations page. You can pay by PayPal (follow the links after filling in the donation and sponsorship form) or through standing order (sponsorship) or cheque (donations), using the bank and address details on the donations page.
Q: How much does it cost to sponsor a child?
A: We ask for a donation of £20 per month from new sponsors.
Q: Where does the sponsorship money go?
A: 100% of the sponsorship money goes into the working account of the Love Care Centre. The budget is not split down child by child. However, the Love Care Centre is a small charity that only works in one area: caring for its children. There are no other projects it engages in, so your donations will have a direct bearing on the environment of your sponsored child.
Q: So how does Cherishindia pay for its costs, newsletters, information etc.?
A: Cherishindia is run entirely by volunteers with no employed staff, keeping our administration costs to an absolute minimum. Any costs incurred are covered from unrestricted donations and not child sponsorship.
Q: May we write to the children we sponsor?
A: The LCC always welcomes letters to the children and the children always like getting letters. However, we do not make children reply to every letter or write a thank you letter for every gift. Some children do so themselves and sometimes they correspond frequently with sponsors, especially the older children. We have thought a lot about this, and realise in general that this is the polite thing to do in English society. But our primary concern is the welfare and happiness of the child and we would like the child to feel the love and support they are getting is unconditional. Also, with 120 children to care for, it is not always possible to get the chance to sit down with each child and help them write a letter.
Q: Can I choose the child I sponsor?
A: You can specify boy/girl as well as approximate age. We cannot send out details of children to potential sponsors to choose from for privacy reasons.
Q: How does Cherishindia compare to other UK Child Sponsorship Charities?
A: SOS Children's Villages, the world's largest orphan charity, has produced a useful comparison of child sponsorship charities based in the UK, which you can find here. Cherishindia, as a very small charity supporting an individual project, does not feature on the list, but it is worth noting that, like SOS, 100% of our sponsorship goes directly to the project.
Q: What is Gift Aid?
A: Gift Aid is tax relief on money donated to UK charities for which there is no extra cost to the donor. The UK Government treats donations as if the donor had already deducted basic rate tax from them. The charity can then reclaim this tax to increase the value of a donation.
Q: If I am not from the UK, can I still donate?
A: You can still donate to Cherishindia from anywhere in the world through PayPal on the donation page, although you will not be able to claim Gift Aid.
If you are from the USA, you may wish to donate to the Love Care Center Trust [note US spelling of 'Center'], an American charity established to support the LCC from the USA (almost identical to Cherishindia in aims and values). US Citizens can donate to the Love Care Center Trust tax-free.
If you are from India, you can donate directly to the Love Care Centre. Donations in India are exempt under 80G income tax Ref. No. 2(655)/02-03 Dated 30.06.07. Cheques can be made payable to ‘Love Care Centre, Kanchipuram’ and mailed to 29A Anandaseelam Silk House, Kamatchi Amman Weavers' Colony, Orikkai Post, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu 631502, India. Further details can be found here.