These photos range from pictures with a birthday present to students in a vocational class to candid photos of children laughing and playing at the center. The photos are taken by staff and tutors who care deeply about child protection and understand intimately the importance of protecting the children in their care. For those sponsors who have signed up for digital communications, they are sent through email. Sponsors who prefer mailed communication will receive their photo in the mail.
“The picture I received showed me that my child is happy and healthy. It blessed my heart,” says a sponsor who received a thank you photo after sending a birthday gift. “It is also very comforting and reassuring to SEE what the financial support can do for my child and his family. It is a blessing for both of us.”
“We appreciate frequent communication, even if it is brief, especially in this pandemic time when we are concerned for the health of our sponsored children,” says another sponsor who received a candid photo of the child they sponsor. “Having daily life quick updates and photos keeps them in the front of our hearts, minds and prayers. It's a great reminder for us to write more frequently as well.”
While the process may take time, as it involves rolling out the program and training in 29 countries among more than 8,000 church partners, we have already sent more than 230,000 Compassion Moments – with more sponsors receiving photos each month. And that is just the first step toward reimagining what communications could look like between supporters and their sponsored children in the next few years.