What is Aide et Action International?
At Aide et Action International (AEAI), we seek to make ‘Education for All’ a reality by focussing on education for the disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Headquartered in Geneva, our organisation was initiated in 1981 in France. In South Asia, our operations are spread over 18 states and 1 Union Territory in India, 3 districts in Sri Lanka, and in 4 districts in Nepal.
What does AEAI do?
We undertake projects directly with the target communities or in partnership with other NGOs in the following areas:
• Women's empowerment and education
• Access to quality education
• Inclusive education
• Early childcare and education
• Livelihood education
• Education for children affected by migration
• Health education and HIV&AIDS awareness
• Disaster preparedness and mitigation
• Education for global citizenship
Why a special focus on educating girl children?
The girl child is by and large married off early and parents do not ‘invest’ in her education as the returns are available only to her husband’s family. She is not seen as an equal to her brother and is denied education, which often cannot be afforded for every child in the family. At AEAI, we make a conscious effort to face the challenge of enhancing this access to education for girl children wherever we intervene.
How much does the sponsorship cost?
Rs 6,000 per year for the education of a girl child.
How long can I sponsor a child?
Child sponsorship is generally a commitment for 1-3 years. A longer duration of support increases the chances of children staying back in school and completing their schooling.
How do I send my contribution to AEAI?
The sponsorship amount is payable monthly, quarterly, or annually. You may send it through a demand draft; a money order favouring, ‘Aide et Action’; an online credit card payment; post- dated cheques; an automatic monthly deduction; or through an online payment gateway.
What happens after I send the money?
To begin with, all sponsors receive a profile of the child supported. As a sponsor, you will also receive progress reports of the girl child you support. While you may closely follow this progress, your support will also enable us to work with the larger community by:
- Raising awareness on education among the community members
- Ensuring adequate teaching learning material and improved school atmosphere with facilities such as buildings, drinking water, toilet facilities, etc.
- Bringing in quality improvement in education
- Liaisoning with the local government
- Creating and strengthening of community organisations towards self-management of schools and sustainable development of communities
Through the principle of mutualisation of resources, your support allows us to work with various communities that we support within our mandate. As a sponsor, you help not only the girl child you sponsor, but also other children and their community. The child sponsored by you thus becomes a ‘child ambassador’ in taking the benefit to the larger community.
Why support the community?
Education of a child does not take place in isolation. We need to work with the child’s community at large, which will indirectly benefit the child in receiving a good education, and help in the development of the child and that of their community. Sponsorship at AEAI offers you an opportunity to build a true relationship with the sponsored child and other stakeholders of the project, thus enabling the sponsored child to receive quality education and blossom in their own milieu.
Is my financial contribution sufficient for the development of the community?
The activities in projects are partly financed by sponsorship contribution. However, the need of some projects and communities is so largethat it exceeds the sponsorship budget. We therefore find some other resources to continue the work we have begun. We look for institutional funding, corporate funding, etc. Additionally, the participation of community and local governing body is also important.
All these efforts give a complete meaning to your sponsorship, ensuring sustainable development of the community your child belongs to.
How can I be sure that the money I send is managed correctly?
AEAI has systematic financial audits (internal and external) each year of all its programmes. Apart from annual reviews and audits, AEA India maintains a high level of accountability to its key stakeholders including the beneficiary communities, the government, and the sponsors.
Our audited financial statement is available to donors on request/on our website, where we clearly indicate all sources of funding, including corporate support, sponsorships, grants, etc. Reports are sent to the Home Ministry and the Income Tax office as well. Beyond all these, you can visit our projects to see for yourselves that the money you donate gets wisely used.
AEA International in France is a two-time winner of the Crystal Award – presented by the National Society of Statutory Auditors to reward NGOs for the most transparent management of funds.
How much of the contribution I send is tax exempted?
All donations to AEAI are eligible for 50% tax exemption under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. Our receipt carries this message and will suffice for claiming the tax exemption.
What happens once I make a payment?
After making a payment, you will receive a welcome kit from AEAI, which includes the profile of your child. The link of solidarity between the child and you is established and gets nourished through meaningful exchanges of correspondence throughout the sponsorship duration.
How is my child chosen for sponsorship?
The child supported by your contribution is a girl child from our zone of intervention;children who are deprived of quality education are chosen for sponsorship.
Will I be kept updated about my child’s progress?
Every August, you will receive an annual progress report of the child supported by you; and in January, along with the annual activity report of AEAI you will also receive direct communication from the child.
Can I visit my child?
You are most welcome to visit the projects of AEAI. It will not only enable you to meet your sponsored child, but also to see for yourself all that we undertake in the field. Once you do this, please help us spread the word to others and reach more sponsors.
Please contact the team of AEAI well in advance to inform us about your visit. We can then guide you well and plan your visit to the field better.
Can I send letters and gifts to my child?
Nothing makes children feel more special or loved than when they receive letters from their sponsors. All over the world, children love getting letters or cards – it does wonders for their self-esteem! Take a few minutes to write a letter to let them know you’re thinking about them.Your letters/post cards could be used as a pedagogical tool in the classroom as well! In your first letter or email to the child, you can introduce yourself and also send your photo or your family photo. You can speak about your day-to-day life, about your family, and hobbies; this could be good way to establish rapport with the child.
While we appreciate your desire to send gifts for your sponsored child, we request you not to send any personal gifts as it could create a feeling of jealousy amongst other children who are already living in deprivation. We therefore request you to send only collective material (for example, some school supplies such as colour pens, felt pens, maps, dictionary, etc.) which the child can share with her classmates.
What will happen to thechild I sponsor if I cannot continue my sponsorship payments?
We understand that financial and personal situations of people change. If you need to cancel, just let us know and we will ensure that the sponsored child is not neglected.In the duration that you are connected with us, your sponsorship enables us to include the vagaries of life that may require a sponsor to discontinuehis/her commitment. The mutualisation of resources through sponsorships is our strength, and thisenables us to keep our commitments to the communities and allows you to decide to stop your sponsorship.
AEAI thus ensures that the funding commitment to the project is maintained and that the benefits for the children in the community are carried out as planned.
What will happen at the end of my sponsorship?
At the end of your sponsorship, we will propose renewing the sponsorship of the same child if the particular education project is still running. If the concerned project comes to an end, you will receive the achievements of the project and a proposal to sponsor a new project.
Whom should I contact for any information on sponsorship or to update you with any information from my end?
You may contact:
Aide et Action International - South Asia
No. 16/20, Gilchrist Avenue
Harrington Road, Chetpet
Chennai - 600 031
+91 44 2836 5516/17/19/20
Web site: www.aea-southasia.org