I sponsor Maribel through ChildFund, and I highly recommend them. A few years ago, a family member had spent some time in the Dominican Republic and had seen what an incredible difference ChildFund sponsorships made in the lives of children there, providing the children with education and social services. So I looked into the organization. One of the things that really appealed to me was the ability to communicate directly with the sponsored child, via letters, and to establish a real relationship that grows and deepens over time. We now sponsor six children throughout the world, and I feel a strong connection to each of their families and communities. I can also see, first hand, the difference that my sponsorship makes in each child's life. ChildFund, as an organization, seems to be very well run and very responsive to questions or concerns that I may have. It also is very protective of the children (as it should be); in order to visit Maribel, Ben and I had to have background checks performed, and I was not allowed to speak privately to Maribel during my visit.