Families for Children (FFC) is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian agency operating homes that care for hundreds of destitute
children and women in India and Bangladesh. FFC was founded in 1971 by Sandra Simpson, of Montreal, Canada, when she
became aware of the plight of children in Vietnam. There, she facilitated many adoptions of mixed race and handicapped kids to the
USA and Canada, and helped raise funds and supplies for homes run by Rosemary Taylor in Saigon. Today, Sandra still
supervises all the organization's activities, and runs the sponsorship program. Her work for children has received official recognition
by the award of the Ontario Medal, and the Order of Canada.
You can contact Sandra by email
FFC India is located in Podanur Junction, near the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu State, in
south India. The languages spoken are primarily Tamil, and English. We have over 450 children residing in India. The homes
are comprised of 6 houses, which are owned by FFC. FFC has a large Special Care Center for children who are mentally and or
physically handicapped. Excellent locally hired Special Educational teachers are employed to care for these children.
We have two "baby homes" in Dhaka. All the children in these two homes have been completely abandoned and are considered
to have no families. Most were brought in as tiny, high risk babies, and they are mostly girls. FFC has opened a school on the premises
for the Baby home children . This is expensive, but necessary. FFC wants the children to learn English and computers, along
with academic subjects, so their future will be brighter, and the staff benefit as much as the children. Many staff came to FFC as destitute mothers and
had no place to go; most of the rest of the staff are poor or are needy and are supporting large extended families with their
FFC wages. More
Elizabeth Dozois, husband Chris, son Grady and daughter Arden visited FFC in Podanur, South India for a brief 10 days. But even
though it was a short visit, Elizabeth started working the night she arrived and opened our first women's Co-Op, which we named Elizabeths!
12 women are now earning an extra income (in addition to the salary they make at FFC) making crazy quilted small bags out of our own Medleri silk. This is silk made from
damaged cocoons that would otherwise have been discarded, and we now weave metres of it. It can be used for large items,
and is perfect for small sized items. It is spun and woven right on the project in Podanur. More
FFC does not pay for office rental as FFC volunteers work out of their homes. The main office is in Sandra's home in
Montreal. FFC's North American expenses are for telephone and fax, e-mail, and sponsorship program expenses such as postage, office supplies
and the photographs we send to sponsors. The only rents paid are on the actual children's homes in Bangladesh. FFC owns the property and homes in India.
FFC raises money through private donations, special projects, and handicraft sales, fashion shows, private garage sales,
dances, and other individual and group-sponsored events. But the only source of steady income is through the sponsorship