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Child Development Field Web-site INSTRUCTIONS 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. OR 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Canada: http://www.cfh.ca/sponsor.html Japan: http://www.fhi.net/jifh Korea: http://www.kfhi.or.kr/ USA: http://www.fh.org/getinvolved/sponsored.html 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 (email@example.com) 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 benefited.] C. SUMMARY OF FHI’S WORK IN YOUR COUNTRY - should be no longer than one paragraph. 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. 1. UNDERSTAND 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 temptation. 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 Christ. 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 community. 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 among. 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 cultures.) 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 life. 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 jealousy. 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 child. 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 child lives. - 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 sponsored child. 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 program, etc…. 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.
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