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  1. 1.What is  Long Distance Adoption?

    Long Distance Adoption is a concrete action of solidarity in support of children in the poorest countries and their families; they receive food, schooling and medicines they need, remaining in their country and with their families.

    Thanks to Long Distance Adoption families are able to take care of their children; thus, the disintegration of the family unit because of the pressure of economic difficulties is avoided.

     2.What does the child receive?

    Thanks to your contribution we will pay for the basic needs of a child, for example:

    School fees

    Educational material

    Medical treatments



    Transparency and correct information is very important for us: the benefactors will be duly informed about the destination of their funds through, for example, regular newsletters, photos, documents, in order to prove the actual realization of the projects supported.

    3.How much does it cost?

    If you choose to sponsor a child, the cost is 250 euro per year. Payment can be made by transfer to the bank account  c/o The Banca Carige (Acqui Terme branch), specifying the reason (e.g. "Adozione a distanza”- Costa D’Avorio).

    4.How long does “the Adoption” last?

    It is like a real adoption: it can last until the child is able to support himself.

    However, you can terminate the adoption at any time, by giving a three months’ notice in order to find another “adoptive parent”.

    5.Why support a Distance Adoption project?

    It is much more than a simple economic help, since it establishes a bond of solidarity, mutual understanding and affection between different populations.

    It is a concrete sign of the union of populations that nowadays we clearly need.

    6.Who can support a child?
    Special conditions to support a child are not required. The spirit of solidarity is enough!

    7. Who do we support?

    Our Distance Support projects aim to help poor children in Bonoua (Ivory Coast), Payatas (Philippines), Bukavu (D.R. Congo), from 0 to 18 years old; we give priority to orphans, disabled, with single-parent or seriously ill parents. Occasionally the support can be extended over time to permit the continuation of studies.

    8. How can I get information about child’s health and school progress?

    After the payment, the specific documentation of the child will be sent to you. Moreover, whenever we receive news about the child, we will report them to you.

    9.Can I get in touch with the child?

    Yes indeed. If you wish, you can start an exchange of letters, drawings or photos with the adopted child. You can also travel to the country to visit the child or learn about the project. Our representatives in the country will favor the encounter and the contact between the parties.

    10. Can the amount be detracted?

    Yes, if you keep a copy of the payment, you will write off the expenses on your taxes (only in Italy)

    11.I wish to participate as a volunteer in the projects supported by Need You Onlus. Who should I contact?

    First of all, you should contact our Association that will put you in touch with the representatives of the various volunteer centers.

    12 What is a non-governmental organization (NGO)?

    It is a no-profit organization that operates in the field of cooperation with developing countries, qualified  by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to carry out  cooperation programs  in accordance with art. 28 of Law no. 49 of 1987. The DGCS (Directorate General for Development Cooperation) may entrust the implementation of PROGRAMS, that is, it can contribute to the realization of the initiatives proposed to Italian NGOs and also belonging to the EU or to States parties of the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

    13 What are the key points of the Italian Law on Development Cooperation?

    The Law 49 of 26 February 1987 disciplines the cooperation between Italy and Countries in the developing world. The article 1 states: “Development cooperation is an integral part of Italy's foreign policy and pursues the objectives of solidarity among peoples and the full application of the fundamental human rights. It is inspired by the principles sanctioned by the United Nations and by EEC-ACP [African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States] agreements.

    Its aim is to satisfy primary needs and, first and foremost, to safeguard human life, food self-sufficiency, the enhancement of human resources, the conservation of the environmental heritage, the implementation and consolidation of endogenous development processes and the economic, social and cultural growth of developing countries. Development cooperation shall also pursue the goal of improving the status of women and children and supporting the promotion of women.(…)”

    The Italian Development Cooperation is an integral part of foreign policy and pursues the international objectives of economic and social development.

    The general objectives of the Development Cooperation are fixed in the multilateral agreement  (UN, The World Bank, OECD) and the European Union. The objectives of the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by the Countries in the UN Millennium Declaration of September 2000, are the basic guidelines for developing policies.

    The specific objectives, geographical and thematic, of the Italian Cooperation also stem from the commitments made by Italy for the G8 summits in Genoa, Kananaskis and Evian and the European Council in Barcelona and Seville in the areas of financing for development, food security and sustainable development.

    The main initiatives the Italian Development Cooperation is currently conducting are:

    G8 Africa Action Plan, to support the countries of the continent;

    G8 Action Plan in support of education for all (Education for All);

    G8 Genoa Action Plan to overcome the digital divide and the Italian e-government initiative for development;

    participation in the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction in Iraq, and participation in the process of pacification and reconstruction of Afghanistan;

    participation in the fight against hunger in the world through the Special Fund for Food Security of the FAO, of which Italy is the first donor;

    the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria;

    support to Argentina after the recent economic and financial crisis;

    promotion of legal and judicial reforms in developing countries for the establishment of democratic systems;

    protection of cultural heritage and environment;

    improvement and protection of women; fight against human trafficking; measures to prevent and combat the exploitation of children in situations of risk, armed conflict and work;

    Overall, about 40% of Italian aid is paid to the 49 countries classified by the UN as Least Developed Countries; Italian development aid is geographically distributed as follows: Sub-Saharan Africa (40%), the Middle East and North Africa (25%), Balkan Europe (12%), Latin America (15%), Asia (8%).

    The major providers of Italian ODA are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economy and Finance (about 1/3 each). Added to this, for smaller amounts, other departments such as Environment, Production, Health, Interior and institutions of decentralized cooperation (Regions, Provinces, Municipalities). The last third of Italian ODA consists of transfers from the European Union.

    A new fundamental and distinctive strategy of the Italian Cooperation is the increasing  use of decentralized cooperation made ​​with regions, municipalities, public and private foundations, associations, universities and research centers in order to move the entire "System Italy" towards important projects of development cooperation in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals, which call for a growing partnership between public and private sector in the fight against poverty and global challenges.

    14. What is Fair Trade?

    Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seek greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by  consumers, are actively engaged in supporting producers,  awareness  raising  and  in campaigning  for  changes  in  the  rules  and practice  of conventional international trade. Fair Trade products are produced and traded in accordance with these principles - wherever possible verified by credible, independent assurance systems.

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