Dr. Bruce Wydick and his research team made an interesting discovery during their studies of formerly sponsored children: These children were more likely than their unsponsored peers to pursue careers with a service focus, such as teaching and nursing — as these stories below show.
Ronnie Solls, an accountant in Bolivia
Ronnie Solis gives a lot of credit to his sponsors, Michael and Lisa Silipo, for making him feel special. The couple from McKinney, Texas, sponsored him from the time he was registered as a 5-year-old at Compassion’s child development center in Cochabamba, Bolivia, until he graduated from the Child Sponsorship Program.
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Evans Ateku, a schoolteacher in Kenya
When his son was born in 2012, Evans Ateku surprised some of his relatives by naming the baby Albert rather than a family name. But the Kenyan father could think of no better way to honor Kristen Albert, the California woman who sponsored him when he was a child in Compassion’s program.
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