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Your donation to the Where Most Needed fund will help us better serve children in extreme poverty.
From statistics to stories, there is growing evidence that our program gives children a strong opportunity to overcome poverty.
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!
Spend an average of 4,000 hours in safe, nurturing programs
Stay in school up to 1.5 years longer than unsponsored peers
Are up to 18% more likely to have salaried employment in their adult years
Are up to 40% more likely to finish secondary education
Are up to 80% more likely to graduate college
Are up to 75% more likely to become leaders in their communities
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.
Christian-based child sponsorship is making a difference around the world.
See a few of these stories below!
"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
"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
Through a relationship with a local church and a caring sponsor, a child is able to discover his or her true value.
that unlocks the potential within their heart
to defeat illiteracy and provide critical skills
to protect against malnutrition
to fight back against disease and sickness
through a local church to overcome fear and hopelessness
to protect from crime, violence, and danger
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Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you" - when you already have it with you.