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How to donate?

Your donations help us continue with our work educating children in Bangladesh. No matter the amount – it all helps. You are not required to pay the full annual school fee if you are unable to do so. Give what you can and we will make sure your donations form a sum to pay for someone’s annual fee. 

Listed below are various ways to give. 

1. Donate Online

We cannot receive cash donations in order to remain transparent. Donating online is safe, quick and easy for you and for us.

Donate with JustGiving or donate with Global Giving

* Please note that JustGiving charges us 5% of every donation and Global Giving 15%. If you can, please increase your donation respectively, so we don’t lose out. 

2. Donate by UK or international bank transfer

If you wish to send a donation directly to our UK bank account you can use the details below.

Maria Cristina Foundation
CAF Bank Ltd
A/c no: 00026754
Sort code: 40-52-40
IBAN: GB67CAFB40524000026754
Swift code: 
CAFBGB21XXX 

*Please send us a message after donating directly to our bank account for our records. Please note that we are charged £6 for every international transfer. 

3. Donate by Portuguese bank transfer

If you are based in Portugal you can send donations to our account at the CGD bank.

IBAN: PT50 0035 0229 00019178 930 10
BIC: CGDIPTPL

4. Donate by cheque (only in the UK)

All cheques must be made payable to Maria Cristina Foundation. Please send your cheque to:

The Laurels
Conce Bugle
St Austell
PL26 8RT

5. Send school fees directly to Cambrian School and College in Dhaka*

Cambrian College
Jamuna Bank Ltd, Gulshan branch
A/c no: 00100320000288
Swift code: 
JAMUBDDH043

*Please note that evidence of bank transfer must be sent to us for our records. 

Our current priority is school fees. The fees slightly vary depending on the currency you are donating in and the medium you use as we get charged fees. Please see the table below for exact fees. 

Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your gift to Maria Cristina Foundation– at no extra cost to you. If you pay tax in the UK, we can reclaim the basic rate tax (25%) on your gift. So, if you donate £100, it is worth £125 to Maria Cristina Foundation.

The process is simple – all you have to do is make a Gift Aid declaration. If you are donating via Justgiving, just tick the Gift Aid box on the donation form.

*Please notify us if you want to cancel your declaration, change your name or home address and/or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains.

We would like to draw your attention to the act of giving material or cash gifts for sponsored children or their respective families.

The principle objective for MCF is to educate the children and adults, teaching them to be independent so that they no longer need support. In our many years of experience with these communities, we have found that giving gifts, especially cash, has the opposite effect – adults will feel that they have found a new source of income and no longer look for work to support their children. Remember, a few Dollars or Euros may be nothing to you, but for this community, 30 Euros a month is a normal salary, if they have work.

MCF do not endorse the giving of gifts, especially cash, and we do not encourage it, unless it is for a specific school requirement or possibly a medical emergency. This is our Policy.

Please be careful – if you are in contact with the child or family who you are supporting, unfortunately you could hear many sad stories that can be fixed by money – it may or may not be true, but please note that we already know about the genuinely bad cases and we are helping them.

The parents of these children are uneducated and will try to get as much as possible if they see a new source of ‘income’. For them it is not wrong, for them it is like asking their employer for a pay rise – but please do not encourage it, you are not helping them by giving them cash gifts, if you encourage it, they can quite easily soon be relying on you as their ‘sole provider’.

It is difficult. These families live in harsh conditions and it is so tempting to give them a treat or a ‘boost’, but, what may seem like a treat or a helping hand for you, can be an over-the-top luxury for them, which often does more damage than good. 

The best way to really help them is to give them the gift of a good education or indeed something that assists their education. Nothing else should be required unless you hear from MCF making an appeal for a family in severe desperation.

Thank you for your understanding.