I think we all know World Vision, it’s one of big charity organisations around the world. They promote sponsoring child in third world countries, supporting in health and education. In Australia alone, I very often see World Vision stalls in many Malls and their ads on the TV. Many of my friends are also participating in sponsoring a child through World Vision. But what I just saw today on ABC Foreign Correspondent just shocked me, speechless, if it was true.
Reporter: Andrew Geoghega, shown on ABC TV Australia in Foreign Correspondent on Saturday, 29 Nov 2008, 01.00pm EST. Program: Ethiopia – The Endless Famine
In order to put a human face on this tragedy Africa Correspondent Andrew Geoghegan travels to Ethiopia to meet 14-year-old Tsayhnesh Degalo. He’s sponsored her for most of the past decade through World Vision. He’s surprised to discover virtually none of the money he donates goes to the family. The child even did not know until now that she has a sponsor, what all she got from World Vision were just a jacket and a pen. Her family is very poor, they are eating the root of false banana.
When Andrew Geoghega challenged the Word Vision, they said the donation goes to community project such as education. Andrew was told by World Vision the child is learning English at school and has been improving, but when he discovered, the child doesn’t speak English at all.
You can watch the video of the report here: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/video_archive_2008.htm