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.