Do my donations actually reach the project?
Yes, they do. None of the team members is getting paid; every cent that we earn goes towards the project to benefit the children at the orphanage.
Do all of my donations go to the project?
Yes, they do. 100% of your donations go to the project.* 0% of the donations go to the organization. None of the team members is getting paid, every one of us believes in this project and is donating his/her free time.
*except there is a trasfer fee between our bank account and the orphanages account.
What does the covering the processing fee means?
Unfortunately, we cannot make it possible for you to donate through the website without any fees. The earnings from the fees go to the companies you donate through, not to LittleBigDreams e.V.. These are the fees:
2.9% + 30¢
Stripe’s credit card fee
2.2% + 30¢
PayPal’s nonprofit rate
We, therefore, recommend you to donate through your own online banking with this data:
IBAN: DE73 2005 0550 1500 5499 18
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse
With this option, there will only be the international transaction fee, which we at LittleBigDreams e.V. cannot get around when we transfer the funds to Vietnam.
What is unique about LittleBigDreams?
We are a very young, motivated, and creative team that believes in getting active rather than just acknowledging problems.
Our ongoing, daily contact with Teresa (head of the orphanage) and the children allows us to stay in the loop regarding what is needed most. Hence, we can help to materialize her dream of giving the children a carefree childhood and creating a future for them that is full of hope, independence, and opportunity.
Our main goal is to assist the orphanage to a point where it is self-sustainable. Together with Teresa and her husband, we are developing ways for the orphanage to finance itself. Moreover, Teresa’s and our aim and part of our vision are to run the orphanage and achieve our goals through environmentally friendly means.
Can I visit the project in Vietnam?
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com and tell us a little more about the reason for your visit, and how long you plan on staying. Together with Teresa, we will then decide whether your trip can benefit Teresa and the children. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Can I volunteer in Vietnam?
It depends. It is crucial for us that the volunteering benefits Teresa and especially the children at the orphanage. Therefore, we will carefully evaluate each candidate individually. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com. Let us know why you want to volunteer, for how long, and how you can think you can benefit Teresa and the children. It is also essential for us to know what your level of expertise is. Together with Teresa, we will then discuss your application and make thereupon a decision.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, they are.
Can I gift a child sponsorship?
Yes. Just send us an e-mail with the name and e-mail address of the new sponsor’s name so that we can send him/her updates twice a year.
Can a class or group of people also sponsor a child?
Yes. In fact, we very much encourage classes and groups to become sponsors.
What happens if the class graduates? You can transfer your sponsored child to a new class, or if that is not possible, you can cancel your donation.
How can I be part of my sponsored child's life?
Every 8 months, you will receive a letter with updates about your sponsored child. Additionally, the children are always happy to receive letters from you. You can also send an email or a video message to us, which we will forward to Teresa, who can receive it through her phone and read it out to your sponsored child.
If you want to send a gift, please contact us first. It might be easier and cheaper to make a donation, and Teresa will buy the gift on-site for your sponsored child. However, if you buy a gift for your sponsored child, you should keep in mind that it is good to get something your sponsored child can enjoy together with the other children to prevent jealousy (like games, balls, painting & crafting supplies, etc.).
What can I write about?
The children like learning about the lives of their sponsors. Writing about your family, your friends, your pets, and what you like to do (your job, hobbies, interests) is always a good idea. You can also write about where you are from, how it looks like over there and your culture (food, language, etc.) But what the children enjoy most is pictures. It would be best if you write the letter in English (or, of course, Vietnamese) and send it to us per mail.
We encourage you not to write about political or religious topics.
Can I send gifts or to the orphanage?
Before sending gifts to Vietnam, please contact us first.
Even though the children are thrilled when getting presents, it might be easier and cheaper when you make a donation, and Teresa buys the gift on-site. Therefore, please consider gifting the children with one of our various donation packages first.
However, if you want to donate something which is not included in one of our donation packages, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com. Then, we will talk to Teresa about whether your gift is needed at the moment, and depending on that, we will find a suitable solution.
Right now, we are primarily looking for old electronic devices like cameras, phones, laptops, etc. for educational purposes at the orphanage. If you want to gift your old electronics, we are very excited about hearing from you!
How long can I sponsor a particular child?
We hope that you will assist your sponsored child until he/she can stand on his/her own feet. That could mean until he/she graduates from high school, but ideally, it means until the child graduated from university or finished an apprenticeship.
Will I receive updates about my sponsored child?
Yes. You will receive an e-mail with updates about the life of your sponsored child every 8 months or in case of important events.
Can I help apart from donating?
IBAN: DE73 2005 0550 1500 5499 18
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse