As I was searching for…

As I was searching for Sri Lankan picture books (so far to no avail, alas), I came across this program that sponsors child education in Sri Lanka. I'd like to sponsor a child; I like the idea of Kavi having a big 'sister' or 'brother' in school there. :-) But I don't know anything about how to vet organizations like this, to make sure they're on the up-and-up, not fronts for the Tigers, or even just bad spenders. Any help figuring it out would be appreciated.

Update: Sybil Wettasinghe appears quite famous in Sri Lanka, author of The Umbrella Thief, among about two hundred other titles (most in Sinhala). But still, there seems a dearth.

2 thoughts on “As I was searching for…”

  1. http://www.charitynavigator.org is another resource; probably only for charities that file US taxes, though.

    My impression of “child sponsoring” services is that a lot of them are largely marketing fluff; there may or may not be an actual child, and your money may or may not arrive at that actual child…

    Sarvodaya is a Sri Lankan charity which is definitely on the up-and-up; it might be possible to ask them about another charity…?

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