Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Pratheksha, Our Work and How the Child Sponsorship Programs Work

a) How do you utilize the donated funds?
100% of the donated funds are utilized towards educational requirements of your sponsored child. No Administrative Expense is deducted towards the operations of Pratheksha. Support for the day to day administration is extended by the founding company – Srishti Innovative.
b) Will the child come to know that I am sponsoring her/ him? 
The child knows that she/ he is a sponsored child. She/ He comes to know about the name of the sponsor strictly as per your instructions. The level of intimacy that you would like to maintain with your mentee is taken into consideration before disclosing your details to the beneficiary and the family. As a matter of policy we do not hand out the address of the sponsor.
c) Can I correspond with my sponsored child? 
Yes, you can. We work closely with the children and you to obtain regular progress reports and build strong mentor-mentee communication. You have the opportunity to become a mentor and friend to your sponsored child by writing letters. You can also arrange a visit with his child by contacting us.
d) Will I receive regular information about child's development/ activities? 
You will receive regular progress reports on the academic and extra- curricular achievements of the sponsored child at the end of every term. Any special queries by the sponsor will also be replied to by the child/Pratheksha as the case may be.
e) Can I send gift/ money to my sponsored children?
As a matter of policy we do not encourage sponsors to send gifts/gift money to their sponsored children. However token gifts as per the discretion of the Pratheksha staff are allowed. These children require your guidance and love more than economic support. We encourage you to become a mentor and friend to your sponsored child and give them the gifts of your time and affection.
f) Can a child be visited at school/ home?
As a matter of policy, sponsor is not encouraged to visit the school for meeting his /her sponsored child. However the child can be met at his/her home with prior permission from parents. If you desire to visit, kindly intimate Pratheksha and we can arrange for the meeting.
g) Are there sponsors who pay monthly a fixed amount? 
Your ability, convenience and flexibility is of paramount importance at Pratheksha. We want you to donate as much as you like at your free will with least possible economic burden. You may choose to pay the desired donation at one time or in flexible installments spread over a year. It is also possible to pay monthly through your Bank via standing instructions to the bankers/credit card company.
h) Is there any advantage to donating online? 
Yes. Online donations are the most cost-efficient channel of collecting funds for Pratheksha. It minimizes the administrative efforts and ensures that the donation can be put to use immediately. It also speedens issuance of tax exemption certificate.
i) Is it safe to give my credit/debit card details online? 
Yes. We adopt stringent security measures to ensure that critically sensitive information, such as your personal identifiable information and your credit/debit card details, are protected. All your personal information is encrypted before it is transmitted over the Internet. All online payments are made securely on PayPal.
j) How safe is my personal information? 
We are committed to protecting your personal information and do not provide access to a third party.
k) What if my address or phone number changes? 
You can change your personal data on records - name, address, phone numbers, email id by editing your profile or writing to us at pratheksha@srishtis.com.
l) Are there any tax benefits for donating to Pratheeksha?
All donations to Pratheeksha are exempt from tax under section 80G. We also offer 100% tax exemption under section 35AC and 80GGA.Tax exemption is valid only in India.
m) Will you send me receipt for the donation? 
Certainly. Receipt for donations made towards Pratheeksha Charitable Society are issued once the funds are credited to our account. These receipts are dispatched to the specified address via post.
n) How do I contact you regarding my donation ? 
For more assistance or information on donating to Pratheeksha in India, please do write to us at pratheksha@srishtis.com
o) Can I donate to Pratheeksha from outside of India?
Yes, you can donate even if you are living outside of India.
p) Why do you need my passport number? 
We require this information for NRI (Non-Resident Indians) donors who are Indian citizens having an Indian passport. This is because their contribution goes into a separate account as per the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, (FCRA), 1976.
q) Can I donate in any other currency? 
We accept donations only in Indian Rupees. However, you can send us Cheques/ Demand Drafts in any currency.