A MINISTRY FOR CHILDREN
In 2008, a team of researchers led by Dr. Bruce Wydick, a professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, conducted a study of our Child Sponsorship Program. No other child sponsorship organization was willing to risk participation in the study his team proposed: Does international child sponsorship really work?
After collecting data on more than 10,000 individuals over a two-year period, Dr. Wydick and his colleagues concluded that our Child Sponsorship Program has large and statistically significant impacts on the educational, employment and leadership outcomes of the children who participate.
On average, a child we minister to spends 4,000 hours in safe, nurturing programs, is at least 50 percent more likely to graduate college and is 35 percent more likely to find white-collar employment as an adult.
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Essentially, our ministry TO children is a ministry FOR children in that it gives children the opportunity to develop and succeed.
When asked which component of our children's ministry was most beneficial to them; nearly 40 percent of the formerly sponsored children who participated in Dr. Wydick's research replied "educational support." The second-most common response related to spiritual growth and character development.
For some children in our sponsorship program, the cost of school fees, clothing and supplies are provided. Other children may receive tutoring, help with homework, or access to a literacy program outside the classroom. Children also are taught a vocation that can help them earn employment when they are older, and they receive regular Bible lessons through a local church committed to Jesus Christ and the children in the community.
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