Date: 07 Jan 2008


Christian Institutions Top List of NGOs Operating in
India in 2007

NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 27, 2007 (HPI note): Each
year, the Government of India's Ministry of Home
Affairs releases a report (URL above) entitled,
"Receipt of Foreign Contributions by Voluntary
Associations." Most of the donations go toward relief
work, rural development, medicine and education.
"Maintenance of priests/preachers/other religious
functionaries" is 15th on the list of purposes,
receiving $21 million dollars of all foreign funding.
Of the fifteen top donor agencies given in a chart on
page 20, eight are Christian, seven are secular and
none are Hindu:

Name and Country Dollars remitted to India
Gospel Fellowship Trust India, USA -- $60,305,263
Gospel for Asia, USA -- $36,100,000
Plan International, UK -- $29,257,895
Foundation Vicent E Ferrer, Alicante, Spain --
Christian Aid, UK -- $21,094,737
Miseror Mozartstrasse, Germany -- $20,457,895
Foundacion Vicente Ferrer, Madrid, Spain -- $2
Oxfam, UK -- $19,721,053
NOVIB, Netharlands -- $19,321,053
Deptt for International Devpt (DFID), UK --
Kindemothilfe, Germany -- $14,318,421
Save the Children Fund, UK -- $13,594,737
Manos Unidas, Spain -- $13,050,000
Missio, Germany -- $12,900,000
Population Service International USA -- $12,826,316
Total funds sent to India: -- $336,218,421

The following is a brief description of each

Gospel Fellowship Trust India, USA, $57 million, here.
The URL says that, "Gospel Missions of India (GMI) is
an IRS approved non-profit, tax exempt, religious
organization based in Michigan, USA to support
Christian workers and ministries in India associated
with the Brethren assemblies. GMI is a member of the
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
(ECFA) and Christian Ministries Management
Association, both of which stand for fina ncial
integrity and public accountability. GMI stays abreast
of the work of the missionaries and ministries in
India to ensure that gifts are faithfully invested for
the Lord's work."

Gospel for Asia, $34 million, here, Gospel for Asia is
a Texas-based Christian missionary organization whose,
"Focus and goal as a ministry is to reach the 2.7
billion people in the 10/40 window who have never
heard about the love of God. In India alone, there are
over 500,000 villages with no Gospel witness."

Plan International, UK, $28 million, here, The URL
explains, "Plan is a child-centred community
development organization with no religious and
political affiliations, enabling families and
communities in the poorest countries to make lasting
improvements to the lives of their children. Plan's
work is made possible because more than a million
people across the world support us through sponsoring
children. In doing so they benefit many other
children, and entire communities. Plan's also
supported by the UK Government's Department of
International Development, the European Union and
partners and governments worldwide." 

Foundation Vicent E. Ferrer Alicante and Madrid Spain
- $26 million and $19 million (the organization occurs
twice in the contribution list), here - Until 1970
Vicente Ferrer was a Jesuit missionary associated with
the Society of Jesus. In 1996, the Foundation was
created in Spain to promote economic development in
rural India by organizing small cooperatives to dig
wells, form seed banks and irrigate small plots as
well as building community hospitals and schools. The
foundation is viewed as a cooperative between a
sponsoring Spanish family and a corresponding family
in India.

Christian Aid, UK, $20 million, here, This
organization was formed after World War II by British
and Irish Church leaders to help European refugees. In
the 1950's Christian Aid began responding to
emergencies in Africa and Asia and in the 1980's
Christian Aid received government funding. In the
1990's Christian Aid "Became one of the first aid
agencies to highlight 'unsexy' and complex global
economic issues. Our celebrated Banking on the Poor
campaign alerted people to the need to cancel Third
World debt, while the culpability of the World Trade
Organization and International Monetary Fund was
exposed in our 'Who Runs the World' campaign. We were
not afraid to confront governments and challenge the
rules of the day that said charities should be
apolitical. This resolve helped change government
trade policy and establish the Fairtrade Foundation -
our campaigning works Christian Aid was also quick to
respond to humanitarian crises in Rwanda, the Middle
East and, at the end of the d ecade, working across
ethnic and religious divides in Serbia, Bosnia and

Miseror Mozartstrasse, Germany, $19 million, here,
Miseror is affiliated with the Catholic Church in
Germany. The organization has mandated to, "Fight the
causes of hardship and misery as manifested chiefly in
countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America in the
forms of hunger, disease, poverty and other forms of
human suffering thus enabling the people affected to
lead a life of human dignity and to promote justice,
freedom, reconciliation and peace in the world."

Oxfam, UK, $19 million, here, Oxfam UK is an affiliate
of Oxfam International. Oxfam International is
described as a confederation of 13 organizations
working together with over 3000 partners in more than
100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and
injustice. Oxfam UK is known for specializing in
crisis aid such as clean drinking water and tents.

Novib, Netherlands, $18 million, here, The URL says,
"Oxfam Novib is and will remain an independent
organization, rooted in the Netherlands. Twelve
independent Oxfams are collaborating, dedicating their
efforts to the five basic rights of people throughout
the world: the right to an honest income, to drinking
water, to healthcare and education, to safety and to
one's own opinion, for women and minorities too.
Cooperation takes place in development projects,
emergency aid and campaigns that bring a just world
without poverty closer.

Deptt for International Devpt (DFID), UK, $15 million,
here, Represented by both the Cabinet and the House of
Commons, the 1997 White Pater on International
Development describes the focus of DFIB as, "A
commitment to the Millennium Development goals. Much
of this involves direct poverty reduction work,
through our development activities, and work with
multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, the
United Nations and the European Union."

Kindemothilfe, Germany, $14 million, Kindemothilfe was
founded in 1992 and encourages monthly sponsorship of
a needy child in a third world country. The
sponsorship of 60 marks a month is transferred to the
native churches and Christian organizations of third
world countries and from there a welfare organization
called the 'child help in need' coordinates the cash
dispensing for meals, clothes, and medicine.

Save the Children Fund, UK, $13 million, here, This
humanitarian organization was founded by two sisters
at the beginning of the 20th century to assist
starving children in Berlin and Vienna. Under the
initial leadership of Eglantyne Jebb the ideals spread
worldwide and inspired the present UN Convention on
the rights of the child.

Manos Unidas, Spain, $12 million, here, Manos Unidas,
"Is a Catholic development organization which fights
against poverty, hunger, malnutrition, lack of
education and underdevelopment as well as against
their causes: injustice, unequal share of goods and
opportunities between people and countries, ignorance,
prejudice and lack of solidarity. The purpose of its
work is to contribute to the full development of the
countries of the South, to take an active role in the
fight against famine and inequality and to support
those countries in their process of liberation from
poverty and dependency."

Missio, Germany, $12 million, here, Missio is the
German Catholic Bishops' Agency for International
Mission Work and has been known to campaign against
sex tourism and child abuse. The main site is in

Population Service International, USA, $12 million,
here, The URL says that, "PSI is a nonprofit
organization based in Washington, D.C. that harnesses
the vitality of the private sector to address the
health problems of low-income and vulnerable
populations in more than 60 developing countries. With
programs in malaria, reproductive health, child
survival and HIV, PSI promotes products, services and
healthy behavior that enable low-income and vulnerable
people to lead healthier lives. Products and services
are sold at subsidized prices rather than given away
in order to motivate commercial sector involvement.
PSI is the leading nonprofit social marketing
organization in the world."