A review of SOS Childrens Villages by Twinsmum written on Sunday 15th of July 2012
We have been sponsoring a little boy in India for 15-18 months old now.
Whilst I'm sure SOS do a lot of good work, their policy of not asking the children / house mothers to reply to letters or say thank you for birthday/Christmas cards means that we are finding this very unrewarding.
We have two twin boys much the same age as the boy we sponsor and specifically asked to sponsor a child who was likely to send the odd letter/picture/few words back to us so that, over time, our children could correspond with our sponsored child.
So far, we have had only the formal annual report on our sponsored boy; nothing personal. It is like corresponding with a black hole.
Whilst, logically, I know that it is not the little boy's fault, it does mean that we are less inclined to send presents, less inclined to write in-between birthdays and Christmas and less inclined to put money into a bank account for his future. Ultimately, the child suffers.
It's a shame because, whilst I feel obliged to continue with this sponsorship until the child turns 18, I would look elsewhere to sponsor in future..
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Map showing SOS Childrens Villages on Hills Road