And even though I realized that this way of donating minimized the risk of fraud it still is not the way I want to do our support. Well occasionally we can do it that way. But not because we mistrust the partner, but because of practical issues, and because we make only a partly funding of an institution.
What The Shelter Collection aims to do is to fully fund as many and as much of the basic need for shelters and institutions. At the moment we are focusing on Little Rose Warm Shelter primarily and also on the SPI project. We hope to be able to make a partly support also to Green Bamboo Warm Shelter.
When you aim to do a full support, maybe in cooperation with one or two other NGO's you should not be afraid of doing budget support. We trust the partners we select and we establish monitoring and auditing procedures in order to make a transparent use of the budget. We are in line with the DANIDA guidelines for development projects, that seek not only to do humanitarian work (that in my opinion maintains the receiver in the victim and beggar roll) but also to to development work TOGETHER with the partner in order to capacity build them to strong and independent NGO's. We have used this approach for 9 years now, and we will continue this approach.
The advantage of budget support is also, that the beneficiaries get money for the salaries. How can we expect shelters and institutions to survive if we only donate things and recreative activities for the children. We are not "hat ladies" doing occasional beneficiary work by selling cakes. Even though we all are volunteers, we are in this game to capacity build in a mutual respectful, non patronizing way that enable our partners to be more and more self sustainable. We expect from our self to do as professional a work as the professionals, but because we are volunteers we do it from the heart. - Yes, I know: The most professionals are also deeply devoted to their jobs and their tasks.
We are in the proces of building new report procedure (narrative and financial) that should target more the needs of private donors instead of the DANIDA reproting we have done until now. We have all over the years had the agreement with our partners, that if fraud or misuse is discovered we will interrupt the cooperation immediately.
The picture is from one of our training workshops on Child Sexual