Frequently Asked Questions
Q. It’s shocking that 17,000 children die each day. Why haven’t we heard anything about this?
A. Because these deaths don’t all happen at one time, or in one place, they do not meet the criteria of the news media. Second, these children are always from the least-regarded families in the world, families without political power and without media access.
Q. Would it not be better to send $20.00 a month to sponsor a specific child like some organizations offer?
A. There is nothing wrong with sponsoring a child, but $20.00 each month can supply enough medicine for 240 children a year! We believe that it is more effective and economical to supply medicines for 240 children a year verses one child per year.
Q. Our church sends a team of doctors, dentists and volunteers to a developing country for one to two weeks every year. Does this help?
A. Yes, of course it does. But it takes more than one to two weeks each year to effect lasting change in the lives of poor, sick children. It takes an ongoing program to provide basic health care and make determinations about when children need more in-depth care. Childhood problems occur all year long, not just when a kind, caring group of providers come in from an advanced country. What happens to these children after this group leaves?
Q. Honestly, is it a real kindness to prolong the lives of children from poor countries? Won’t they just grow up in misery? Won’t healing them just increase the population in Third-World countries and create more hunger and poverty?
A. People in poor countries are just as logical and intelligent about such matters as those in developed nations. When they see that their children will live to adulthood, parents don’t feel the need to have five, eight, or twelve children in the hope that one or two will survive. Any society full of healthy, energetic, productive people will advance more rapidly than one in which a large percentage of the population suffers from the long-term effects of illness and malnutrition. The good of the children is the good of the world.
As Bill Gates has said after doing his own research on this subject, “…As you improve health in a society, population growth goes down…The fact is that health leads parents to decide, OK, we don’t need to have so many children.”
We can’t save every sick child in underdeveloped lands. But we can reach some of them, and give them the chance to grow up and offer society their talents.
Q. Where does the foundation work?
A. We don’t limit the places where we reach out to children. To see a list of who we help, click here.
Q. Why would an American foundation focus on helping children in foreign lands, rather than American children?
A. There is already an elaborate system of public and private programs in the US to care for health needs of children here. No American child is beyond the reach of a hospital. No American child is denied health care, or can’t obtain drugs. American children do suffer, but usually because their parents do not take advantage of existing services. The children we are reaching have no access.
Q. Can I give to this foundation on a monthly basis? Can I give any dollar amount?
A. Yes, you can give any amount on a monthly basis. See our Donate page or contact us.
Q. What percentage of my donation goes for your office building and expenses?
A. We have one paid employee, the founder does not take a salary, all others are volunteers. The office building and all furnishings were paid for in full by the Watson family.
Q. Does this foundation donate children’s medicines to clinics or hospitals?
A. We do not qualify hospitals or clinics. According to Dr. James Tulloch of the World Health Organization, “Hospitals sometimes seem like an attractive and important thing to support but, in reality, it is not hospitals that will significantly reduce child deaths in the developing world, it is basic services in the remote rural areas and urban slums.”