You asked, we've answered here in our FAQs, but if we've not addressed your query below, please feel free to ask a question directly.
- Why would I donate to fws over other charities that support orphans?
- How much of my donation will actually reach each children's village?
- What will my money actually do and go towards?
- How will I know that my money gets to there?
- You all live in Australia. Who is managing the work overseas?
- Why are you helping developing nations and not indigenous communities in Australia?
- I am travelling to East Africa. Can I visit the children's village or volunteer in some way?
- Why do you need members?
- Realistically, what does the future hold for a Tanzanian orphan?
- What's the long-term vision of fws?
why would I contribute to fws over other charities that support orphans?
Whoever heard of too much of a good thing? Too many people caring and reaching out to others? We believe that fws provides another important avenue of giving to the developing world fws has also added some specific elements to the regular orphan-care perspective; we are eco-friendly and we offer early interactive learning, health and social welfare programs. This wholistic approach gives children and communities a considerable leg up for the future.
Another thing fws believes brings specific benefits is our size. Being small means we can:
- Identify problems where they lie more quickly. We are in daily communication with our in-country team. A professional fws volunteer management team is on the ground, working along side the local management team.
- Get more of your donation to the actual cause (we are currently all volunteers so we don't pay any salaries). Currently 90 per cent of your donation goes directly to the cause, while 10 per cent goes to our admin costs (e.g. things like insurance for events).
- Get funds to the recipients more quickly being a small team we can decide on ideas and action them directly.
For more info about where, when and how we'll spend your contribution, visit our current projects page.
how much of my contribution reaches each children's village?
Currently 90 per cent of your contribution goes directly to the cause, while 10 per cent goes to our admin costs. The Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) advises that most charities direct about 20-22 per cent of contributed funds into admin costs.
How do we keep our costs down and intend to keep them down? Currently, nobody working for fws in Australia or USA gets a cut of your money.
fws has committed to spending no money raised publicly (by people fundraising for us or during the events we put on) on salaries for the fws management team. If there comes a time that we will need a full-time management team to run fws in Australia, we will look to fund those positions with corporate sponsorships, not public donations.
That said, we do currently intend to spend publicly-raised money on stipends for our long-term (volunteering for 12 months or more) in-country volunteers. We have four positions - manager, permaculture advisor, teacher and finance manager that will receive a stipend equivalent to a local wage in 2014-15.
- fws does not spend money on TV or magazine advertising, or telemarketing campaigns.
- fws reduces printing and paper costs by running a paperless office wherever possible.
what will my money go towards, right now?
how will I know that my money gets to there?
who is managing the work overseas?A core principle of fws is to ensure that all of our children's villages are managed and staffed by local people. Kesho Leo is run by a team of professional Tanzanian staff, consisting of:
- A social welfare manager who resides at Kesho Leo and supports the other residents at Kesho Leo
- A business development manager
- An education manager
- A permaculture team manager
- A health consultant
why aren't you helping indigenous communities in Australia?
I am travelling to East Africa. Can I visit the children's village or volunteer in some way?
Being volunteers ourselves, we hope you will find a volunteer role within fws to suit you, but if not, we'd recommend you contact Australian Volunteers International - they offer a terrific service.
why does fws need members?We need members for two reasons. Firstly, so that we are recognised as an organisation of considerable size if we ever apply for assistance via AusAID. To meet those goals, we need 100 members. We're getting close to this number of members today!
Secondly, we'd like you to become members because we can't tell you how many 'breakthroughs' have come to us via the word of mouth of our members – people offering ideas, skills, funding, advice...you name it, we'd be half the organisation we are without your input. So yes, please, become a member, and tell everyone about us. This is a collective effort, so please join us!
what does the future hold for a Tanzanian orphan?
what's the long-term vision of fws?
Thanks for your interest in fws. If we've not answered your query here, please feel free to ask a question directly.