HOW WE VIEW CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Although we work primarily through child sponsorship, we are not just a child sponsorship organization. We are a child development organization.
Child development begins with a commitment to the children and families we serve but goes beyond simply being involved in their lives. It involves long-term dedication and perseverance. It doesn't occur overnight.
Child development equips children today with the skills to succeed tomorrow. It's an investment in a child...for a lifetime.
Child development is also dynamic. It changes as a child’s needs change. It's personal, individualized and relational. And it's tailored to ages, gender, health, cultures and family situations.
In our Child Sponsorship Program, implemented by local churches, we blend physical, social, economic and spiritual care together to help each child fully mature in every facet of life.
We provide an age-graded curriculum to our church partners to help them minister to their children consistently. The curriculum is based on the measurable outcomes we hope to see spiritually, physically, cognitively and socio-emotionally. We’re successful when the children in our Child Sponsorship Program:
- commit their lives to Christ,
- choose good health practices,
- are physically healthy, are motivated to learn new skills,
- demonstrate the skills to support themselves in the future
- and interact with others in healthy and compassionate ways.