New Internationalist

Sponsorship of Third World children has now become a major fundraiser for voluntary agencies; it is a sure-fire way to attract money. But it is not such a good way to spend it - and there are better ways to help.

May 1982, Issue 111

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Please do not sponsor this child
Child sponsorship is now a major fundraising method in the West. Peter Stalker argues that there are better ways to help.
Mountains of paper
Derek Williams explains the practicalities of international correspondence.
The $25 sandman
Wayne Ellwood talks to the founder of 'Sleeping Children Around the World'.
Homes away from home
Heidi Knott looks at the results of sponsorship through Indian hostels.
Success story
The story of one child who 'escaped'.
The way to help
Alternatives to sponsorship.
Chimbote's safety net
Peter Stalker reports from a 'sponsored' fishing port in Peru.
Climbing Jacob's ladder
Graham Hancock examines Action Aid community development in Kenya.
Tabanna Waladan (foster a child)
A cartoon, drawn by Clive Offley of a fictitious Kuwait organization.
The cocker spaneil and the T-shirt
Ruth Hoover Seitz talks to a World Vision family in the Philippines.
Brief encounter
Jean Moir visits the child she is sponsoring in India.
A life in the balance
The pressures on a child in an Indian village.
Ideas for action
Do something good this month.
Book reviews
Including Aftermath: the struggle of Camboida and Vietnam by John Pilger and Anthony Barnett.