How Child Sponsorship Helps

Have you ever wondered how child sponsorship helps? Does it really work? We want to answer those questions for you. Read about how child sponsorship helps a child in poverty and get specifics about the difference you can make for your sponsored child.

You can have confidence in Compassion as you read about how child sponsorship helps children. Numerous financial accountability groups and accrediting agencies have recognized Compassion for superior financial integrity.

But don't just take our word for it. Hear from young adults who have gone through Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program and overcome extreme poverty. They are a living testament to how child sponsorship helps and why it can work for your sponsored child.

It is important to us that you understand Compassion's program and how child sponsorship helps fight global poverty. We know that when you see the difference Compassion is making, you'll be excited to join us in bringing hope to children in poverty!

Why Sponsor a Child?

Why Sponsor A Child?

From statistics to stories, there is growing evidence that our program gives children a strong opportunity to overcome poverty.

Our Child Sponsorship Program Works!

Compassion Supported Children

  • Spend an average of 4,000 hours in safe, nurturing programs
  • Are 27-40% more likely to finish secondary education
  • Stay in school 1-1.5 years longer than unsponsored peers
  • Are 50-80% more likely to graduate college
  • Are 14-18% more likely to have salaried employment in their adult years
  • Are 30-75% more likely to become leaders in their communities
  • Are 35% more likely to find white-collar employment as adults
  • Are 40-70% more likely to grow into church leaders

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Where Do These Numbers Come From?

In 2008, Dr.Bruce Wydick, Professor of Economics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco set out to determine the impact of international child sponsorship.

Dr. Wydick’s study focused on 1,860 formerly sponsored children from 16 Compassion development centers. These once sponsored children were compared against 3,704 of their unsponsored siblings. To ensure the data was unbiased, his team also studied the lives of 2,136 non-supported families in the communities of these development centers and 2,444 individuals from nearby villages where Compassion support was unavailable at the time of research.

By the end of the study, data was collected on more than 10,000 individuals in six developing countries. 207 international sponsorship programs exist today. Compassion® was the only organization to provide information to Dr. Wydick.

Young Lives Are Changing!

Christian-based child sponsorship is making a difference around the world.
See a few of these stories below!

Abraham's child sponsorship testimonial

“My sponsor is always telling me about the love of God, which makes me want to be good for Jesus. I pray that all children get a sponsor like my own.”

Abraham, a sponsored child in Ghana
Cecilia's child sponsorship testimonial

“When I hear a person who has never seen me in her life say that she loves me, it gives me more strength to fight, to live and to continue.”

Cecilia Holanda, Leadership Development Program student in Brazil

We Help Children Flourish!

Through a relationship with a local church and a caring sponsor, a child is able to discover his or her true value.

For $38/month, a sponsored child receives:

  • Love that unlocks the potential within their heart
  • Education to defeat illiteracy and provide critical skills
  • Supplements to protect against malnutrition
  • Health care to fight back against disease and sickness
  • Christ-centered spiritual guidance through a local church
  • Recreational activities that protect from crime, violence and danger
  • The Gospel message to overcome fear and hopelessness
  • Today, more than 1.8 million sponsored children benefit from our holistic model!
What Compassion Sponsors Are Saying

We'd Love Your Help!

Our Child Sponsorship Program has been vetted by independent, peer-reviewed research and is shown to be an effective approach to helping children overcome extreme poverty. Are you ready to sponsor a child?

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