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What is Asian Aid?
Asian Aid exists because people like you believe in the transforming power of education and the ability to bring about positive change in people’s lives. Thanks to our donors and supporters, we have provided education for the needy, protected children at their most vulnerable and empowered the undervalued for over 53 years. Your generosity has helped thousands of children, their families and communities experience a life beyond their wildest expectations.
Asian Aid is a Christian, non-profit organisation that is committed to alleviating poverty by providing children with educational opportunities, promoting the holistic development children and their communities in which they live by addressing social issues such as child rights, human trafficking, life skills and health education.
Asian Aid is an Australian registered charity.
What is Asian Aid’s mission?
At Asian Aid we believe hope finds its truest expression when given and received in community. That’s why our mission of ‘giving hope by fostering permanent positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children and communities’ happens in collaboration with our donors and supporters, our implementing partners, our churches and governments both in Australia and abroad.
Our mission is about empowering children today and giving them hope for the future.
What is Asian Aid’s relationship to the Seventh-day Adventist Church?
Asian Aid believes in the potential of the Seventh-day Adventist education system and we work a long side of the Church as an independent and supporting ministry. We cooperate closely with the Church in seeking to empower people, particularly vulnerable children – regardless of religious affiliation or belief – and meet the needs of the poor, as Jesus did.
What is Asian Aid’s relationship to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)?
Asian Aid is an accredited, supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, whereas ADRA is the church’s official development and relief agency. Asian Aid endorses ADRA’s ministry and seeks to collaborate with ADRA if and when possible.
Where do donated funds go?
Donations and children sponsorship received go to support our programs and activities overseas. We take out costs such as administration, community education and fundraising activities in Australia and at all times our mindful to our expenses.
All donations made to Asian Aid Organisation will continue to be 100% Tax Deductible.
What has changed?
Asian Aid has received further advice from a Charted Accountants firm who specialise in supporting not-for-profit organisations. The firm reviewed our registration status, processes for the sponsorship and the development of programs we undertake.
What does this mean?
As a result of this advice, we are able to continue to offer 100% tax deductibility on support donations made to Asian Aid.
At the completion of this financial year, and those in the future, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for all your donations made within that particular year.
Does Asian Aid still do child sponsorship?
Absolutely! Thousands of supporters assist thousands of children through our sponsorship program. The program has traditionally seen one sponsor give money each month to enable one child to go to school. While this welfare-based approach to sponsorship has worked well and produced some great results over the past 53 years, in some cases it has unfortunately also created some problems for the child – sibling rivalry, disconnection between the sponsored child and their family and a sense of dissatisfaction when the sponsored child graduates but is unable to find employment because their community has remained poor, as well as other issues.
So while we will continue our traditional sponsorships, in 2018, in response to best industry practice, to a change in government and industry regulations, recommendations from the UN and to the lessons we have learnt from our own experience, we have also adjusted our sponsorship model.
When you now sponsor a new child, your monthly donation goes to a local program to improve their quality of life so it doesn’t just benefit the child but also the child’s family, their community and school.
The reality is for a child to flourish their family has to have to tools to sustain themselves. If their neighbourhood is prone to human trafficking then, they will still be vulnerable to predators in their community. If there is no health clinic, then they won’t learn good health practices.
By empowering their families, schools and communities to become sustainable we will create an environment for children to grow, develop and prosper alongside their siblings, neighbours and peers to not only benefit your children now but in generations to come.
How does the Child Sponsorship Program work?
While we still have our traditional sponsorship, our child sponsorship for programs also connects a supporter to an individual child in a personal way.
The difference is that with the child sponsorship with programs; the sponsorship money is pooled to fund projects, activities and initiatives in the child’s school, community or family to improve the child’s life.
This program supports families, schools and communities to become more self sufficient and sustainable so they can better support their own children. This way, your sponsorship support will go even further to help children – and their support networks – grow strong for life.
How do sponsor children participate in community projects?
Children participate in a number of ways. They are involved in decision making, they help plan and run appropriate activities. Children also receive training and support throughout the duration of activities, initiatives and projects in their school and community.
How do the families, schools and communities benefit from the Sponsorship Program?
Families, schools and communities help identify – with the involvement of sponsor children – their most pressing needs. The sponsorship funding then helps our partners design and implement programs that address such needs in a sustainable way.
How do sponsor children benefit from their involvement in this program?
Sponsor children become central to the development work. Children learn to be responsible, to identify school or community needs, to make decisions and to feel like an essential part of the community. And once some of the pressing needs in families, schools and communities start to be addressed, children will benefit from stronger communities that can better support them.
I want to support a child’s basic needs (food, clothing, shelter), that is why I support Asian Aid. If Asian Aid does project work, how is Asian Aid different from other aid agencies?
You can still sponsor a child and support their basic needs. We are mindful that the provision of ‘basics’ is a welfare activity and in some instances it does not address the root causes of poverty for a child, family and their community in the long-term. It has risks associated with a dependency to continuing to provide the basics.
With your ongoing support, the survival needs of all children in our sponsorships and in our programs are guaranteed. We are now ensuring your sponsorship money goes even further to help children reach their full potential; not just survive.
What makes Asian Aid different from other aid agencies is our focus on children. When we talk ‘projects’, we ask first the question: How will this project impact the children in this community? How can we involve children in this community as representatives of the community and as change agents? Our children-focused approach makes Asian Aid different; ensures we continue to work in an area we understand well – children and education; and guarantees to our supporters that the impact they make is bigger than just now (it impacts generations to come).
What is the sponsorship rate?
The sponsorship rate is $49 a month for each child. A sponsorship plus ‘bonus’ option of $55 a month is also available, and will allow Asian Aid to run additional child focused activities in disadvantaged schools or communities.
Where does my sponsorship money go?
Your sponsorship money supports child-focused projects run by Asian Aid’s partners in Bangladesh, Nepal and India.
These projects help to improve the well being of children and break the cycle of poverty through community-based activities. These may include:
- After school programs for children
- Sanitation and water projects
- Awareness programs aimed at preventing human trafficking
- Agricultural training programs
- Child rights and protection awareness programs for children and their communities
- Education and school capacity building activities
How are the sponsorship rate subsidies calculated?
Each financial year Asian Aid reviews operating budgets.
Can I write to my sponsor child?
Your sponsor child would love to receive letters or postcards from you. Please be sensitive in what you write and send all letters directly to the Asian Aid office: P.O Box 333 Wauchope, 2446, NSW Australia. Your mail will then be sent in bulk to our partner offices, who will deliver your letters to your supported child/children. Refer to our Write To Your Child guidelines please for more information.
Where should I send letters for my sponsor child?
Because the safety and protection of the children in our program is of utmost importance to Asian Aid, our Child Protection Policy was amended (in 2016), to ensure additional measures are taken to safeguard the children in our program. One of these changes has meant that all mail from our supporters to their supported child/children, must now be directed to the Asian Aid office: P.O Box 333 Wauchope, 2446, NSW Australia.
To ensure your mail goes out on time each quarter, please send your mail by the 25th day of the following months: January, April, July and October to the Asian Aid office. Please include your name and supporter ID, and your child’s name and ID in all your mail.
How do I make sponsorship payments?
A regular – monthly, quarterly or annual – credit card payment is the easiest way to pay for your sponsorship. You can contact us on (+61) 02 6586 4250 to set up a regular credit card payment, or you can set it up yourself by using your online account, your unique username and your password.
Payments by direct debit, cheque and/or money order are also possible. PayPal payments are currently unavailable. Do not send cash to the office please because mail can go missing at times.
Is child sponsorship tax-deductible?
Yes, child sponsorship payments are tax-deductible. You will receive a receipt for all sponsorship payments at the end of the tax year (after June 30 in Australia) unless you request otherwise.
Can I visit my sponsor child?
In the interest of child protection, we do not facilitate visits to children in our program. We may occasionally offer trips to give supporters a general insight into our projects and the issues we are working to combat. For more details, please contact our office.
What happens to my sponsor child if I can’t continue to sponsor him/her?
We know sponsors do their best to continue sponsoring a child until the child completes our program. But at times, despite the best intentions, some sponsors are not able to continue making payments. If you need to cease sponsorship for a period of time, but still want to keep the child you are sponsoring, please inform us and we work with you to find a solution. Your generosity is appreciated.
Why is there a focus on themes?
Our work is guided by four key themes that help us stay focused on pressing issues that exist in Asia.
- Health: Access to quality and free health care and education in many of the countries where Asian Aid serves is a pressing issue. Our health education and training activities help prevent the incidence of uterine prolapse among rural Nepalese women. We help raise awareness about good hygiene and nutrition among school children. We offer classes in health and life skills for women and communities. With improved access to health care services for better quality of life, people can become positive contributors to their families and communities. (Galatians 6:2).
- Advocacy: Advocating against deeply ingrained societal errors– such as human trafficking – is critical in protecting the rights of women, girls, boys and vulnerable individuals. To win the fight against human trafficking, we need stay focused on preventative measures. By helping children, families and communities break down the barriers that keep them in poverty we decrease the risk of human trafficking. While human trafficking in South East Asia is certainly a daunting problem, it is not insurmountable. (Isaiah 1:17)
- Education: We believe that all children – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability or religion – have a right to live in communities and attend schools that enable them to thrive. We also believe that both formal and informal education offers all people, including children, the chance to break out of poverty, to develop holistic life skills, and to influence the decisions that affect their lives. We work to help build resilient communities that value and support children. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- Hope in Communities: We believe in empowering disadvantaged communities with the skills they need to contribute to the development of productive and peaceful societies. In countries like India and Nepal, families face many socio-economic challenges such as poverty, lack of shelter and protection, as well as limited access to education and healthcare. These factors can increase the vulnerabilities of children and lead to a breakdown of the family unit. With the majority of the world’s children and youth living in developing countries, we believe it is important to empower children and adolescents with a strong sense of community. We also believe that the best place for children is in a safe, supportive family unit (Psalm 68:6). As part of a healthy family, children find their sense of belonging, experience love, build life-long relationships and connect with their communities.
Our focus on themes also fosters increased sharing of skills, information and expertise between Asian Aid and implementing partners and encourages improved efficiency and professionalism.
Can I let Asian Aid choose how to use my donation(s)?
Yes, you can. Donations to the Meet-The-Need fund will support the urgent needs of the main theme each quarter. Money from this fund helps close any gaps in project funding within a theme, and helps fund new or unexpected needs as they arise.
What percentage of funds goes to support the projects?
Since our inception, we have worked hard to ensure that all funds donated are used to benefit children and communities in need. Through sound financial management and generous donations supporters make directly to our Administration Fund, Asian Aid is able to maximise the percentage of your donations that support deserving people and communities.
Does Asian Aid try to convert people to Christianity through its projects?
Asian Aid projects are not evangelistic in nature, and are designed to help anybody in need regardless of their religion, ethnicity, culture or gender. Because of this obligation-free approach to hope giving, Asian Aid has been able to build trust and respect amongst thousands of women, children and people in Asia. Our belief in the rights of the most vulnerable is inspired and driven by Jesus’s example of giving, healing and compassion.
What is the Meet-the-Need Fund?
The Meet-the-Need Fund helps ensure children and communities are impacted where the need is greatest. Donations to the fund will help:
- Break the cycle of poverty for this and the next generation of people.
- Enable families and communities to care for their children and young adults.
- Help children and young adults become change agents in their own communities.
- Encourage children to stay in school, further their education and avoid the dangers of early marriage, human slavery and child labour.
- Offer women opportunities to learn new skills so they can sustain their families.
- Empower slum communities.
- Ensure disadvantaged communities learn about hygiene, good health practices and disease prevention.
- Assist deserving children to reach their God-given potential.
Donate to the Meet-the-Need Fund now.
What is ‘My Asian Aid’?
‘My Asian Aid’ is a personalised and secure online account that allows you to manage your sponsorships and donations, and update your details. It is convenient as it can be accessed 24 hours and 7 days a week.
You can use your ‘My Asian Aid’ account to:
- Check and update your payment details, including credit card details.
- Check and update your contact details.
- Download annual tax statements.
- View your sponsored children.
- Make donations and see recent payments.
What can I do if I have not been issued with, or have forgotten, my account username and password?
If you do not know your username or password please contact us and request your account login details. Once you receive these details, you can login to ‘My Asian Aid’ and change these details yourself.
What if I have forgotten my password to access ‘My Asian Aid’ account?
If you have forgotten your password go to the ‘My Asian Aid’ login page and click on the link ‘Forgot your password?’. You will be able to enter your email address or username to have a password reset link emailed to you. When you receive the email, click on the link and you will be directed to a page where you can enter a new password.
Please note: This is an automated system. Please contact us if you experience any issues.
How do I update my contact details and/or credit card information?
You can update your contact or credit card details by logging into ‘My Asian Aid’ and making the necessary changes.
How can I set up regular project donations?
To set up a regular project donation, choose one or more projects, login to ‘My Asian Aid’ and select your preferred payment method and frequency.
How can I get a copy of my tax statement?
We post copies of tax statements after the end of the financial year to the address you have given us. If you have not received your tax statement it may be because we have an incorrect address for you, the envelope got lost in the mail, or there was an administration error. Email us and we will send you a copy of your tax statement as soon as we can.
Where are my payments up to?
Log into ‘My Asian Aid’ if you have received a reminder about payments that might be behind, or if you want to know when your next payment is due. You can make a payment there. If you need help registering for ‘My Asian Aid’ or are unsure about your login details, call us on (+61) 02 6586 4250 and we can help you.
What can I do if I am unable to continue my child sponsorship?
While we are sad to see your sponsorship end, we understand that you may have other commitments or may not be in a financial position to continue. Thank you for the support you have already given to a disadvantaged child so far. Email or call us on (+61) 02 6586 4250 and we will arrange this for you.
If you only need to cease sponsorship for a period of time, but still want to keep the child you are sponsoring just call us and when will work with you to find a solution.
How else can I make payments?
If you don’t have a credit card and wish to make a regular or a one-off donation, you can set up direct deposit from your bank account to the Asian Aid account, post a cheque or pay by money order. Do not send us cash please as mail can sometimes get lost in the post.
For internet banking (direct deposit), please use the following details:
Account name: Asian Aid Organisation
Bank and Branch: ANZ Wauchope NSW
BSB: 012 864
Account number: 2564 22282
Using the reference: * Your unique banking code
In New Zealand:
Account name: Asian Aid Organisation
Bank and Branch: ANZ Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand
Account number: 010190-0239417-00
Reference: * Your unique banking code
* As a reference: Please include your unique banking code. This payment will be identified as your sponsorship payment. For donations other than sponsorship, please include the project name or the purpose of the donation. This will help us direct funds to how you intend them to be used.
Who can become an Asian Aid Ambassador?
Asian Aid sponsors, supporters and donors over the age of 16 can apply to become Asian Aid Promotional or Fundraising ambassadors.
How do I apply to become a Promotional or Fundraising Ambassador?
You can apply by filling in this simple application form
Why can’t I apply to become an Asian Aid Partner?
Becoming an Asian Aid partner is by invitation only so that we can better match supporters’ skills to the evolving needs of the agency. But that’s not to say that we would not like to hear from you if you would like to become an Asian Aid Partner. Email if this is the case.
What help will Asian Aid give me once I become an Ambassador?
Promotional and Fundraising Ambassadors will receive training, promotional resources and travel allowance through the submission of a reimbursement form.
What is Asian Aid’s Child Focused Approach (CFA) and how is it different?
We still continue to support child sponsorship and it is part of our DNA.
In 2017 Asian Aid moved its focus from the direct sponsorship of children (welfare-based) to child focused development (rights and development based) programs.
Our existing and original sponsorship model means donors directly support an individual child to attend school and those children remain in this program.
However, in some cases, the school are far from the child’s home which means they had to leave their families in order to attend. When they return and back in their villages, families still lack access to basic health services, employment opportunities and many became victims of trafficking schemes and addiction. That can leave the sponsored child vulnerable.
Our child focused development programs aim to improve the well-being of the children by supporting their whole community to improve rights, health education, training and development, micro-loans, all designed to help lift up the child within that community. This approach empowers children, their families and their communities to become catalysts for change and break out of the cycle of poverty and vulnerability not just now but for generations to come.
Why the changes?
We want to make long-term change and empower children beyond the provision of traditional educational pathways. Active and intentional engagement of children and young people in shaping their own future is key in their wellbeing and holistic development. Our desire to design and deliver a child-focus program will ensure we plan activities with the child and/or young person in mind.
What are some examples?
These are projects and activities that Asian Aid will implement in addition to the current projects and activities we undertake.
Designed to address one or two of the UNCRC’s components of Survival, Development, Protection and Participation, these short-term projects will include some of the activities below:
- Training on child nutrition and provision of supplements where required;
- Training for new mothers, school and home staff on child development;
- Development and implementation of Asian Aid’s Standards of Care at all supported Children’s Homes;
- Review of all files for individual children who live in Asian Aid supported Children’s Homes, to reconnect and reunite children with family members and relatives, if possible.
- Development and implementation of Asian Aid’s Standards for Education Providers for all supported schools and training institutions;
- Student life skills training programs;
- Gender specific enrichment programs;
- Career counselling for senior students.
- Ongoing Child Protection awareness training;
- Introduction of a children’s Personal Safety Program;
- Alternative Discipline Training for school and home staff;
- Participation in advocacy and lobbying for children’s rights.
- Establishment of a network of Children’s Committees;
- An annual Child Focused Forum with representatives from throughout the Asian Aid program;
- Feedback and sharing activities through the Child Enrichment packages.
When did the first Child Focused Initiatives begin?
A small number of Child Focused Initiatives began in early 2014.
How do other sponsorship agencies approach their child sponsorship programs?
Over the past 40 years, there has been a significant shift away from welfare-based child sponsorship models. Many other large child sponsorship organisations have realised that Direct Child Sponsorship models based on one sponsor supporting one child have created dependency on sponsors.
While we still continue this approach we are mindful that long-term, this can be a risk to the children and young people their sponsorship programs support, and to the sponsorship agency itself.
I believe in a sponsorship model that is holistic. How can I help?
We are always excited to hear from people who share our passion for supporting, nurturing and enabling children and young people – and their families, communities and schools – to live, learn and thrive so they fulfil their God-given potential in life.
You can help by sponsoring a child today, or by donating to our Next Generation Fund.