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Your donation to the Where Most Needed fund will help us better serve children in extreme poverty.
Through monthly financial support, prayer and letter writing, sponsors invest directly in the lives of children living in extreme poverty.
Child sponsorship is the most cost-effective way to end child poverty. It not only addresses a child's immediate physical needs, it also builds self-esteem and self-respect.
Although there are similarities across sponsorship programs, there also many differences.
>> Six Questions to Ask Before You Sponsor a Child
That's easy enough. YOU choose the child you want to sponsor.
Choose a child that's been waiting a long time, or if you have children, let them pick the child to sponsor. Some people choose a child based on the country the child lives in or because the child has the same name or birthday as a family member.
>> 10 Ways to Choose a Child to Sponsor
Once you have made your choice, we’ll send you a packet with a photo and information about him or her and about the child's community.
You can start writing letters and developing a relationship with your sponsored child as soon as you like.
>> How to Write a Letter to Your Sponsored Child
>> 18 Reasons Why You Should Write Letters to Your Sponsored Child
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Our Child Sponsorship Program is implemented by the local church. We have thousands of local church partners tailoring our holistic child development model to the contextualized needs of the children they serve — the children in their communities.
When you sponsor a child with us, the beneficiary of your support is your specific sponsored child. The family may receive additional or indirect benefits, but our focus is the one child.
The minimum standards for our Child Sponsorship Program dictate that each church-run child development center provide four to eight hours of programming each week, at least 48 weeks out of the year, and that individual child attendance be taken each time the center is open.
Through our sponsorship program we address every major aspect of a child's well-being, every element that he or she needs to survive, develop and thrive. We work to address each child's spiritual, economic, social and physical needs. Our program provides:
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
Simply put, your role is to participate. Engaged and active sponsors help children to flourish.
Beyond your monthly financial support, we ask that you pray for your sponsored child and write letters a few times a year. If you're able — and not every one is, so that's okay — you can also visit your child.
If you want to do more, we have other ways you can get involved as well.
Yes, sponsorship works. In fact, a poll of top development economists, rated child sponsorship as the most effective long-term development intervention for helping the poor.
Our Child Sponsorship Program has large and statistically significant impacts on the educational, employment and leadership outcomes of our children. In a nutshell, Compassion Child Sponsorship definitely works!
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.
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When you sponsor a child in poverty, your sponsored child will be linked directly to you. Your sponsored child will know your name and you will be able to write letters to each other.
With Compassion, your donation is used wisely to help children around the world.
We use industry-standard communication protocols to ensure your personal information is encrypted and transmitted without risk.
Donating to a charity is an important decision. So when you’re passionate about a cause and want to make a difference, we encourage you to do your research. Compassion is 100% committed to financial integrity, stewardship and using each dollar wisely. If you have any questions about Compassion or exactly how your donation will be used, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Please call us at 800-336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MT to speak with a Compassion representative.