Child Development Field Web-site
To follow these instructions:
1. Print this document, click on the link "Sample Field Web-site" at the top of the "Educating
Sponsors" page, and follow instructions.
1. Print the document.
2. Open Window's Explorer. Open your CD drive (D:Bestpractice). Open the folder: Sample
Field Website. Double click on the file FIELDINDEX - this is the index or home page.
From the index or home page you should be able to navigate through the instructions below to
create a web-site for your field using either HTML language or web-design programs (eg. Front
Page or Dreamweaver)
***Note, unless you are connected to the internet there are some links that will say "This page
cannot be found." These links are good, but require an internet connection to link to your
country's page on at www.fhi.net
I. WHAT THE SITE SHOULD INCLUDE
1. LEFT SIDE INDEX BAR LINKS:
A. HOME – Allows people to return to the home page when visiting links.
Example: open CD – CDP WEBSITE, file: FIELDINDEX
B. WHO WE ARE - link to description of your country at the fhi.net page.
www.fhi.net/countries/[ your countries name]/html Please verify that the
information there is still up to date and if not, send updates to Brenda Long,
Example: click on “WHO WE ARE” on FIELDINDEX
C. PHOTO GALLERY - Scan and post photos that explain the work being done in
your country. We would like to see a short picture book explaining who and what
your country is doing to reach the goal of the Vision of the Community - to see the
kingdom of God enter a community and reconcile everything in it…to see families,
churches, and leaders in the community functioning as God intends.
Example: open PHOTO_GALLERY
D. COMMUNITIES WE SERVE –
1. Page should include an index and map of country, showing location of
communities. Provide a way for the sponsor to identify which community his/her
child lives in according to his CDP code.
Each community description should include:
a. Photo of community/children/activity in community.
b. Use initial community survey to describe each communities: Location,
physical features, situation of community, situation of child including –
spiritual, intellectual, health, and social situation.
c. Describe how community has been impacted by CDP in the 4 areas: spiritual,
physical, social, and mental.
d. Beneficiary profile or the story of how one sponsored child, from that
community, has been helped through the CDP program, with picture.
e. Link to description and picture of the FHI staff member working in that
community under the MEET OUR STAFF section.
Example: open COMMUNITIES_WE_SERVE
E. SPONSOR A CHILD - Encourage sponsor to direct others to this site and to sponsor
a child in this country. Set up links to the sponsorship pages of donor countries that
sponsor children in your country.
Example: open SPONSOR_A_CHILD
F. OUR STRATEGY – Link to the CDP Direction (Pillars) paper, Knowledge of God,
Education, and Health Strategies. Include one or two paragraphs that explain how
the CDP vision, goal, and strategy play out in your communities.
Example: Open OUR_STRATEGY
G. MEET THE CDP STAFF - Provide a way for sponsors to determine which CDP
staff member is working with their sponsored child. List staff members, with links to
individual staff member pages. Include attached text at the end of this document:
Meet CDP Staff. Each staff member page should include:
- At least two pictures of staff member: 1) Staff member working with
children/families and 2) A picture that provides a good view of their face.
- Staff member’s job description and the role they play in bringing the kingdom of
God to children, families, and leaders.
- A brief life and family history.
- A brief testimony
Example: Open MEET_THE_CDP_STAFF
H. ROLE OF SPONSOR – Include text at the end of this document: Role of Sponsor
Example: Open ROLE_OF_SPONSOR
I. FACTS ABOUT COUNTRY AND CULTURE – General information about
country, link to fhi.net page http://www.fhi.net/about/map.html , but specific to
your country (for example: www.fhi.net/rwanda). Please send updated country info
to Brenda Long (firstname.lastname@example.org) if the information on the FHI web-site is not
longer up to date.
Example: Open FIELD INDEX and click on “Fact About Country and Culture”
J. CONTACT US – Provide links to N.O.’s so visitors to the site can direct questions
or comments to the CDP staff in their country (ie. USA, Japan, etc…). In an effort to
protect our sponsored children and field staff from person’s who do not have their
best interests in mind (pedophiles, terrorists groups, etc…), it is important that a field
web-site does not provide information specific enough to allow people to locate the
FHI field office or CDP communities without first contacting Food for the Hungry.
Example: Open CONTACT_US
K. Q & A - Include attached text: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
Example: Open Q_&_A
2. MIDDLE SECTION
Example: Open FIELDINDEX
A. PHOTO - Create an image that includes:
1. The words: CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is large letters.
2. A photograph of happy children from your country.
3. In smaller, but bold letters include text: Helping children and their families
progress and reach their God-given potential.
B. NEWSLETTER/ LATEST ACTIVITIES UPDATE – Below the photo image, an
event or activity report should be included, and updated on a monthly basis. This
could include information about CDP activities, new staff members, an explanation of
how children or communities were recently impacted by FHI programs, etc…. A
catchy phrase should attract viewer’s interest, and a brief descriptive paragraph
should link to a longer description of the activity, including photos.
C. SITE INDEX
D. CONTACT INFORMATION – See explanation for II. 2. J, above.
3. RIGHT SIDE
Example: Open FIELDINDEX
A. DIVIDER - A repeating dot image is used to separate the middle and right sections.
B. DESCRIPTION OF CDP - Child Development Program(CDP) of Food for the
Hungry International is a long term-development program that nurtures and helps
develop individuals to become responsible, God-fearing and reasonably well-
equipped young adults. The Child Development Program benefits the sponsored child
through [include brief listing of how sponsored children in your country are
C. SUMMARY OF FHI’S WORK IN YOUR COUNTRY - should be no longer than
Ex: FHI began work in Cambodia in 1984 providing emergency relief for victims of
the Pol Pot regime who had lost their homes, businesses, and many family members.
Seeing the need to meet the long-term needs of struggling families in rural
Cambodian communities, the child sponsorship program was begun in 1990. The
program is currently serving a total of 2,700 children in 8 barrio towns surrounding
the capitol Phnom Penh and 25 agrarian communities in the rural Chuuk province.
ROLE OF SPONSOR
Having committed to sponsor a child, you now have a great opportunity to impact
their life and family. Here is how.
By committing to sponsor a child you have committed to minister to this child,
his/her family, and community in partnership with Food for the Hungry
International (FHI). Using the analogy of the body of Christ we could say that
you, the sponsor, are the feet, enabling FHI to go to needy children, and FHI
staff/volunteers are the hands helping those children. It is essential that the body
functions in a unified manner, each part working to achieve a common vision.
Our desire is that you know and clearly understand how FHI staff/volunteers are
working with the children, family, church, and community to impact the children.
We encourage you to look at all facets of this website and get to know
the vision and overall strategy of FHI in working with children
the situation in the community where your child lives
the programs being carried out and the impact of these programs
the FHI staff and volunteers serving in the community. [Provide links]
2. PRAY FOR YOUR SPONSORED CHILD AND FAMILY
“The prayer of the righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
By praying for your sponsored child you will become vital instrument in his
spiritual, physical, social, and intellectual development. Many children live in
bondage to erroneous beliefs, values, and attitudes that prevent them and their
families from changing and being able to accept God’s truth. Food for the
Hungry staff realize they must depend on the power of the Holy Spirit on a daily
basis to free children and their families from this bondage. It is only by the power
of the Holy Spirit that children and family’s lives can be changed. The success of
Food for the Hungry’s programs is dependent on your prayers for the child and
his or her family as much as on your financial support.
3. PRAY FOR THE WORKERS WHO ARE MINISTERING TO YOUR
SPONSORED CHILD AND HIS/HER FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
We encourage you to go to the page “MEET THE CDP STAFF” page and find
out which CDP Food for the Hungry staff are ministering to your sponsored child
so that you and your family can pray for them by name. These godly men and
woman are given the great and weighty privilege of being the hands of God,
reaching out to needy children and communities. They face incredibly difficult
physical obstacles, on a daily basis, in order to work and live in your sponsored
child’s community. The fact that the communities are usually ridden with life
threatening diseases combined with the high physical demands of the work put the
health of FHI workers and their families at risk. Some CDP staff are separated
from their families for limited periods of time and struggle with loneliness and
CDP staff members may toil for years in communities where people are not
willing to change and see little fruit resulting from their laborious efforts. Their
jobs require them to minister day-in and day-out, visiting children’s homes,
encountering complicated and severe problems, negative attitudes, and parent’s
who do not want to take responsibility for their child’s welfare.
In order to minister to others they need to be encouraged, strengthened, trained,
spiritually fed, and prepared to go into battle. We cannot sufficiently express the
urgent need to daily lift-up these missionaries in prayer.
4. GIVE FINANCIALLY AND FAITHFULLY
By sending your monthly donation, you make it possible for a Food for the
Hungry worker to have regular contact with the sponsored children and share
through their words and example the Good News. We believe the Good News to
be the knowledge of God, the ability of Jesus Christ to save man, and transform
his/her beliefs. This transformation leads to new life and resulting new ways of
living that provide a loving, supportive, environment that allows your child to
develop into their God-given potential.
5. WRITE TO YOUR SPONSORED CHILD
Most sponsored children have grown up believing that their lives have little value.
They do not know they have been created intentionally and wonderfully by a
loving God who has a plan and purpose for their life. It is often life changing for
these children to know that someone cares whether they are healthy or ill, attend
school or not, have enough to eat and clothes to wear. It is often hard for them to
comprehend someone who cares about their spiritual condition and whether they
are living in the freedom that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus
With a quarterly or twice a year letter you have an opportunity to communicate to
your child the important message that they are valuable, children of God. Also,
feel free to greet the siblings and parents of the child to let them know you are
praying for them also. Please do not be discouraged if the letters you receive in
return are simple and not overly expressive. Often sponsored children are just
learning to write at the age of 8 or 9, and rarely have the ability to express their
thoughts and feeling in letters before reaching 18 years of age.
6. TELL OTHERS
If you believe by sponsoring a child you are taking part in accomplishing the great
commission given by the Lord in Mathew 28: 19 – 20, “Therefore, go and make
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded
you,” then, please tell others. Give them the same opportunity that you have to
serve God is such a worthy manner. There are thousands of other children,
families, and communities that need the help you provide.
7. HONEST FEEDBACK
Food for the Hungry is essentially a group of men and women striving to serve
God. We are not perfect. If you see a problem or have question, please let us
know. We ask you to take the time to help us improve.
8. VISIT YOUR SPONSORED CHILD
Walk down the paths that your child takes to school every day, see where he lives,
and meet his family and neighbors. Visiting your sponsored child’s community
would be an experience that would change your perspective on life forever. Most
visitors are at first struck by the incredible, almost unimaginable poverty that they
encounter in their child’s village, and then they are struck by the smiles, the
laughter, and the playfulness of the children – the evident JOY.
By communicating with the FHI office in your country you can find out how to
best use your visit to encourage and assist your sponsored child and his/her
MEET THE CDP STAFF
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is
with the body of Christ.” - 1 Cor. 12:12
“The eye can never say to the hand, 'I don't need you.' The head cannot say to the feet, 'I
don't need you.’” - 1 Cor. 12:21
As Food for the Hungry International is part of the body of Christ so each individual
serving with them is part of the body, equipped with special Gifts that allow them to
accomplish their role. Our CDP staff have the responsibility and honor of being the
“hands” within the Food for the Hungry body, ministering to the sponsored child, his/her
family, church and community on a daily basis.
CDP staff are either paid [insert countries name] nationals who receive a monthly salary
from the donations of child sponsors or international volunteers (Hunger Corps), who
raise their own support.
Paid, CDP National Staff are Christian men and women, discipled and pastored by their
own local church, who are then trained by Food for the Hungry to share the
transformational truth of God with the CDP communities they serve. They are essentially
missionaries of Food for the Hungry, but missionaries who require no language training
and are already prepared with a deep understanding of the people they are ministering
Hunger Corps are skilled volunteers from sending countries like Japan, Canada, England
etc... who raise a monthly support from individuals and churches in their countries of
origin so they can go to another country and serve there for a minimum of three years.
Hunger Corps bring a wealth of knowledge, skills, and ideas to the CDP fields, playing a
vital role in helping the kingdom of God come to children, their families, churches,
and communities. See your country’s home page for more information about how to
serve with Food for the Hungry as a Hunger Corp volunteer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. Why has my sponsored child been dropped?
For a number of reasons it occasionally becomes necessary to assign you a new child.
Here are some of the reasons:
a. The family moves out of the program area.
b. The child reaches the age of 18. This is the cut-off age we have established for
the program - though there can be exceptions in some cases.
c. The child (young person) marries (this is common at a younger age in other
d. The child dies. We hesitate to include this as our program works to improve the
child’s life and prevent death by all possible means. But we can never guarantee
e. The community has become self-sustaining – meaning that the parents and
community have progressed to a level where they can adequately meet the
physical and spiritual needs of the children and youth. In such a case, Food for
the Hungry will move its resources to another needy community.
2. May I send gifts?
a. It is our policy not to accept physical gifts from sponsors. There are several
reasons for this:
1. Customs and delivery fees are very high. Sometimes duty costs exceed the
value of the contents. The risk of loss or theft to a package is also high.
2. Conflict is created in communities. When one sponsored child receives a gift
and another does not, this can often create hurt and jealousy among children
and families, and distrust of our staff. Families of children who do not receive
gifts have even accused our staff of taking sponsors’ gifts for themselves.
Gifts are also sometimes not of the appropriate type or value.
3. The value of foreign items is much greater in a developing country. What a
sponsor may consider to be a small gift may be something of great value to a
an impoverished child worth fighting over and capable of creating great
b. We do encourage sponsors to give extra funds each year that are combined to
prove gifts for all the children at Christmas or another time of the year.
c. Where sponsors are all from the same church or group we encourage them to
consider forming a work team to visit and assist the children’s community
d. We also encourage sponsors to develop a relationship with their sponsored child
through letters. Simple letters, about things sponsored children will understand,
such as your family, church, hobbies, special customs, and words of
encouragement will communicate your concern and love for your sponsored
3. May I visit my child?
Child sponsors, with assistance from offices in their countries (Japan, US, Korea,
Canada, etc…), can visit their sponsored child and family. Please contact the Food
for the Hungry office in your country if you are interested in visiting your child.
4. How much of my gift goes to impact the sponsored child?
Some of your gift is used by the Food for the Hungry office in the country where you
live. The balance and majority of your gift is applied and used to carry out the
program and activities described in this web-site that impact your sponsored child.
In the country where you live, a percentage of your gift is invested as follows:
- Find and recruit more sponsors like yourself - in order to help more children
and families. Last year, over 3,000 new children and their families were
added to the program as a result.
- Properly designate and acknowledge receipt of your gift. Every gift received
is designated to the specific community or cost center where the sponsored
- Provide you with updates on the child development program and work of
Food for the Hungry in general.
- A smaller percentage is used to maintain and expand the work of Food for
the Hungry in general.
Costs for the above activities vary from country to country so contact the FH
office in your country to get the percentage they use for the above. The
balance of your gift is applied to carry out the program that impacts your
Program expenses. How your gift is applied.
1. Activities that benefit your sponsored child such as subsidized school
supplies, the annual medical check-up, vacation Bible school run by the local
church, a seminar on Biblical worldview and holistic ministry to church and
community leaders, equipment and materials for the school, a tutoring
2. Salaries of Food for the Hungry workers who work on a daily basis with your
child and his/her community. These people are who model Christ’s love to
the community and bring in new ideas and knowledge that allow your child’s
community to learn how provide for it’s own needs. They are also the people
who deliver and send letters, cards, and reports between you and your child.
3. Support of staff and activities. Behind every community worker are persons
who provide guidance, logistical support, training, etc. Some of these people
do the accounting, data entry for the program, and translation. Other’s are
the managers and directors who are responsible for administrating, training,
and pastoring field workers so that they might be the Lord’s instruments in
bringing the kingdom of God into the community.
5. Why don’t you give the money I send directly to the child’s family?
Two reasons: 1) From experience we see that poverty is primarily caused by
incorrect ideas not lack of resources. Until the ideas change no amount of money
will cure poverty. Therefore, we invest in people and activities that will bring life
changing ideas, knowledge, and skills.
2) Giving the money directly to the child would foster unhealthy dependency, along
with a breakdown of initiative and character. Giving money to healthy men and
women to care for their children is essentially communicating the message that they
are not capable of providing for their children.
So, instead we use sponsorship money to teach, equip, and enable children and their
parents to see themselves as men and women created by God with great creativity and
ability to effectively administer the gifts given to them. Virtually every reputable
overseas aid organization has shifted to a development/training/enabling/self-help
approach, because it's the best way to help needy children.