Monday, April 14, 2008

7-Year-Old Thailand Boy Survives by Finding Food in Trash

How can you not be touched by CNN’s story of an orphan who lives off of food he finds in a dump? How could you not want to do something, anything, to help?

On CNN’s Impact page, you’ll find the Mae Tao Clinic and Planet Care/ GHAP listed as organizations providing assistance. Many potential donors have contacted Charity Navigator asking for assistance in evaluating these two groups. Here’s what (little) we know.

The Mae Tao Clinic is a NGO based in Thailand. It is not a 501 (c) (3) public charity. Therefore, it has partnered with Planet Care/GHAP, a 501(c)(3) public charity, to facilitate donations from US donors. Although we do not currently evaluate Planet Care/GHAP (it doesn’t meet our criteria for inclusion), there are some steps you can take to make an informed decision about it. Those steps can be found in our article Evaluating Charities Not Currently Rated by Charity Navigator. Or you may prefer to check out our interactive map for a list of well-known, highly-rated charities working in Burma and Thailand.

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