· Every cent of every dollar donated to FCW goes directly towards the educational, physical and spiritual care of an orphaned or vulnerable child. FCW does not use any of your donated funds towards administrative, marketing, or project expenses. All donated funds are tax-deductible.
· No. While research continues to investigate preventative measures against trafficking, the truth is that no one has discovered a simple solution. What we do know is that migration, hunger, lack of education and illness seem to increase vulnerabilities, and this is why we have committed to partnering with international organizations and churches that seek to structure a defense system against the evils of human trafficking. We do this through clothing donations, child sponsorships, orphan home grants, microfinance loans, and self-sustainability grants and projects.
· The foundation of FCW is built upon volunteer help. Whether you want to help sort and pack clothing boxes, advocate for us in prayer, or help raise awareness, we have a number of opportunities for volunteer assistance. Please see our “Take Action” link for more information.
· Yes. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our philosophies and convictions have been shaped by our Christian faith, and our organizational mission is driven by our desire to share the love of Jesus Christ to a world in need.
· FCW partners with international churches, organizations, and orphanages with the end goal of empowering orphaned and vulnerable children through self-sustainability. We believe this happens in a number of ways:
o Child sponsorship: Sponsoring a child provides essential needs like food, shelter, and clothing. It also allows a child to attend school regularly, helping to end the cycle of poverty and empower a child towards a more healthy, prosperous future.
o Self-Sustainability Projects: We believe that the greatest act of charity requires building partnerships that empower independence. This is why we work with our international communities, equipping them with microfinance loans to start their own businesses or animals to raise their own food. Heshima, The Store of New Beginnings, demonstrates this conviction, selling products made by young women who were once labeled as orphaned and vulnerable and are now earning their way through college.
o Clothing Donations: Last year alone, FCW helped clothe 20,000 children in India and the Ukraine. It may seem like a simple act, but to a child, an article of clothing can often mean the difference between life and death. Shoes help prevent intestinal worm infestations. Clothing keeps children protected from the harsh international climates. Clothing is the first line of defense against weather, insects, and bacteria, and without that initial barrier, children are far more susceptible to life-threatening illness.
· The numbers are startling:
o 2.2 billion children live in this world.
o 1 billion of them are living in poverty.
o 2.2 million children die each year of vaccine preventable diseases.
o 15 million children are orphaned each year due to HIV/AIDS.
o 400 million children have no access to clean drinking water.
o 22,000 children die from poverty each and every day.
· Research tells us that sponsored children are more likely to obtain a high school education, and they are 50 to 80 percent more likely to obtain a college education. When communities are given opportunities to claim self-sufficiency, their economy begins to grow, and children—once faced with difficult futures— are now presented with opportunities that afford positive health and welfare.