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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,
   support@fhi.net
   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 (brendal@fh.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
   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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