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The activities of FCN are in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India.
FCN spends less than 10% for administration, sponsorship/foundation management and fund raising.
We have mainly two types of programs:
  • Hostel based (boarding home): In this program children come from different villages and are provided with education, food, clothing, medical care and housing.
  • Student based: In this program disbursement of funds is made directly to the students account. FCN staff and social workers guide them to use the funds properly.
The US dollar goes ten times further in India. This translates to greater purchasing power.
The children/students write the letters in TELUGU, a local language or in English. The letters written in Telugu are translated into English and are sent to the sponsors. The FCN staff, social workers and teachers assist them in writing letters. Since most of the elderly are illiterate, the care taker writes on their behalf.
You are welcome to write letters to your sponsored. We encourage you to keep in touch with your sponsored. You are welcome to send photos and greeting cards.
You are welcome to write whenever you can or more than once. But in view of many sponsored individuals who do not get any letters from their sponsors and being sensitive to those individuals, it is fair to send one letter a year.
Yes. You are welcome to send an email letter. This would be faster and easier. We will forward it to your sponsored individual just like letters and greetings cards. A reply will be included in the annual/Christmas letter.
Please send your email to: tomchitta@hotmail.com or ydrgeetha@hotmail.com
Yes. You are welcome to visit your sponsored individual. Please e-mail Tom or Geetha of your plans in advance so that proper arrangements can be made for your visit. We also encourage you to visit the projects of FCN and other tourist spots. Visiting India will be an experience to last a lifetime. Please continue to check our website for trips that we organize each year and the views of the sponsors who have visited India and FCN projects.
For fifteen years sponsors received two letters from their sponsored individual, during summer and at Christmas. We thank all our sponsors for helping our needy children and college students. We are forever grateful to you. Some of the sponsors who had the opportunity of visiting the FCN projects over the years were very much impressed the way that FCN is organizing the sponsorship program. Our sponsored children/students take it very seriously to write letters to their sponsors. It is a laborious work for our project coordinators and office staff. Translating letters from Telugu, our local language to English is another big task. We spend more than two months to gather 2000 letters from 22 projects each time. We put in lot of effort to get good letters. We have appealed to many sponsors with a request that we will be able to send one letter each Christmas/New Year in the future with a new photo. They have gladly accepted and welcomed our request. So from now on we will be sending one letter from your sponsored individual for Christmas and New Year and FCN News letter in the summer. This will help us to dedicate more of our time and energies to many demanding needs. Thank you so much for your understanding and support.
The purpose of the sponsorship program is to build a relationship between the sponsor and the child/student and to provide financial assistance so that they can continue their education. Hence a child/student will stay in the sponsorship program as long as they are studying. We encourage sponsors to continue to support them for the duration of their studies.
Please kindly email us to: tomchitta@hotmail.com or ydrgeetha@hotmail.com
  • When a student graduates.
  • When a child receives a scholarship.
  • When the financial situation of the parent(s) improves.
  • When a child/student goes to a location outside of the program area and FCN staff cannot provide the sponsorship benefits and oversee the education of a particular child/student.
  • When a student discontinues studies.

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