The LDP exists to develop Christian leaders, enabling young men and women to bring change to their families, communities and nations. Young people selected for the LDP have distinguished themselves in the Child Sponsorship Program through service, academic excellence and leadership. They have committed their lives to Christ and to serving Him. The LDP offers these students the opportunity to refine their gifts through a university education and targeted Christian leadership training.
Students who qualify for the LDP have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence and have successfully met the selection criteria established by the LDP Advisory Committee in their country of origin.
The committee interviews, selects and awards the scholarships, which are often governed by the number of eligible students and, too often, by the lack of adequate funding.
The committee, staffed by local Christian leaders, brings local accountability, understanding and contextualization to key decisions and strategies within the program.
LDP sponsors are individuals who support a student for the duration of the LDP experience. Sponsors are long-distance mentors offering advice and sharing experiences to encourage their students. Sponsors have a unique influence on students’ lives.
LDP sponsorship helps provide tuition, books, room, board and transportation when necessary. Students also receive Christian leadership training and additional school-related expenses.
Currently, the LDP is operating in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Thailand and Uganda.
LDP sponsorship costs $300 a month or $3,600 a year. LDP sponsorship helps provide tuition, books, room, board and transportation when necessary. LDP students also receive Christian leadership training and additional school related expenses.
Yes. You can send monetary gifts to your LDP student, by calling 877-231-2941, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., MT. We ask that sponsors limit personal gifts to $500 per year and $2,000 as a graduation gift. Unfortunately we cannot accept non-monetary gifts at this time.
Typically, three to seven years, with an average of 5 years. that's how long it takes most students to earn a degree. In some cases, Compassion extends the program to accommodate the degree requirements, such as for a medical or law degree. Our hope is that you can see your student through the complete program but we understand that individual circumstances may change.
Absolutely! You can take a group trip organized by Compassion or schedule your own visit. Spend time with your student, visit the camps and experience what university life is like for him or her. Your student will be especially honored if you can attend his or her LDP Completion Celebration.