The Family Development Program is SAFP’s core program, dating all
the way back to 1965. It aims to help families meet basic needs,
as well as promoting self-reliance and sustainability.
By partnering with a family, our donors commit to making contributions of $20 every month for 6 years.
This money is deposited directly into a bank account in the family’s name to help them start a small business and assist them with basic human needs. Throughout this time, families also attend training to help them live a more healthy life and participate as active members of their communities.
How it Helps Families:
- Provides access to medical assistance
- Covers most education costs for their children
- Improves living conditions by helping repair/build homes
- Provides a support system within their local Sangham
- Offers financial support for their small businesses
- Offers skill development opportunities
- Reduces burden on a single parent
- Reduces any accumulated debt
- Increases access to clean drinking water
Choosing the Families
The communities from each area come together to select the families that are most vulnerable to participate in the program with support from local grass-root non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The families that have been waiting the longest to be partnered are given priority at the SAFP office.
Partner Families located in:
- Andhra Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
Connecting with Families
When you partner with a new family, you will receive information about the family along with a photo. We encourage you to write directly to your family and even include your own photograph or drawing. If necessary a local assistant will help to translate your letter for the family. You can expect to receive two letters each year.
The family has become self-reliant, graduates from the program, continues with their small businesses and their participation in their local self-help groups. Another family is then selected to begin the program in their place.
The goal of SAFP’s Community Development Program is to help
entire villages to work together to find solutions to their poverty-related
problems and develop into thriving communities.
Communities are guided in identifying the most significant problems that they face and creating plans to address them.
By working with the local government and other organizations, the villagers learn what resources are available and how to gain access to them. They use these resources, along with support from SAFP donors, to take the actions needed to solve their problems. By regularly reflecting on the actions taken, the communities can evaluate their results and learn from their experiences.
Donations to the program can be made at any time and will help communities make improvements in areas such as:
- Health & Hygiene
- Food Security
- Clean Drinking Water
- Economic Development
- Good Governance
- Gender Equality
- Environmental Protection
- Human Rights
- Natural Disasters
Our Partnering Communities Are Located In:
- Andhra Pradesh
- Madhya Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
- Uttar Pradesh
- West Bengal
Frequently Asked Questions
How are the families selected and can I choose my family?
The most vulnerable families are chosen within the villages and verified by local SAFP staff and volunteers. Although we do try to honour the requests of our donors, the families that have been waiting for support the longest are given first priority.
What information will I receive about my family?
You will receive a photo and information about your family.
How do I know that the money is reaching my family?
SAFP has a well-established system in place which ensures that 100% of your donation goes directly into the bank account of the family. This is supported by a large network of local staff and volunteers that regularly visit families, as well as strict adherence to the Government of India’s laws. SAFP uses audits and a variety of financial controls at all levels as a part of regular program management.
Can I send extra money or gifts?
Yes. Some people chose to send extra small amounts for Christmas and Easter. For any other purpose (i.e. medical, education, housing, sanitation, etc.) please contact our office. All funds need to be sent to our office and we will ensure that they are sent to your family.
We do not encourage people to send large gifts to their families as the main purpose of this program is build self-reliance. Since not all families receive extra gifts, it can also create animosity within the village.
Rather than send large gifts, we are asking you to support another family instead.
What happens if I miss a donation? How am I notified?
We will attempt to remind you through post mail, email or via phone. You can also contact our office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-672-1115.
How often will my family write to me?
The family will send two letters to you each year.
How will I communicate with my family?
We encourage you to write directly to your family and even include a photo or drawing. Their address is included in the information package. If necessary your letter will be translated and shared with the family with the assistance of a local coordinator.
Can I visit my family in India?
Yes. If you are planning to visit your family in India please contact our office.
Can I keep sending them money/writing to them after they leave the program?
We are unable to send any additional funds or manage the correspondence to the family once they have graduated from the program.
What happens to my family when they graduate from the program?
At the end of six years, the family continues with their small business(es) and their participation in the local self-help group. Another family is then selected to begin the program in their place.