Authenticity and trust

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i found your site through Google and wish to know that if i sponsor a child how can i be sure he/she is been given a better life.
I am sorry but there are many programs which take money in name of supporting but it ends up being in their own pockets. I apologies for being very straight.
also, I am not a Christian and i believe Humanity is the greatest religion, can i be a part of this program?
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Erum Rizvi

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Hello, I'm not a compassion employee, but I am a sponsor. I started out with 1 child, now I sponsor 4 beautiful girls from India and have 33 correspondents. Compassion is so great! You can even visit your child to see that the money is being used correctly. I have received many letters and pictures my children have drawn me. Compassion has been very trust worthy and I am very happy with them. An employee will give you more information, but as a sponsor I'm very happy
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Compassion is a trustworthy organization! I sponsor two and correspond with several. Also, while Compassion is a Christian based organization you do not need to be a Christian to sponsor with them!
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I have full confidence that Compassion really does help improve the lives of children and their communities.  On the actual compassion site, you can see videos and read testimonials of former Compassion-sponsored children, and see sponsors actually getting to visit their sponsored children.  I have been able to personally write children that I sponsor, and they write back to me, so I know that it is really them.
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Hi Erum!

First, let me welcome you to this support community! It is great to see you here! :)

Compassion is committed to financial integrity and making sure that we send as much as we possibly can to the children. We have made a commitment that at least 80% of every dollar you send will go towards your child. For the last few years, we have been able to be efficient in sending around 83% towards the children we serve. The remaining 17-20% goes towards administration and marketing costs. We are also serious about making sure that what we are doing is effective in releasing children from poverty and is making a difference. We have opened ourselves up to both internal and external research and audits.

One watch dog organization, Charity Navigator, has rated Compassion with a four star rating for the 13th consecutive year this last year. The 4-out-of-4 stars rating places Compassion International in the top one-percent of non-profits reviewed by Charity Navigator. Compassion is number two on Charity Navigator’s list of top Ten Charities with Most Consecutive 4-star Ratings.

Also, Dr. Bruce Wydick, a professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, along with two colleagues, conducted a study of Compassion’s child sponsorship program to determine its impact on the adult life outcomes of formerly sponsored children against those of children who were not part of the ministry’s programs. You can find the results of his research here.

As others have mentioned, you are always welcome to go visit your child to see the work that we do and the impact of your support.

And, no, you do not have to be a Christian to be a sponsor with Compassion. However, it is important to note that we are a Christian organization and we partner with local Christian churches to administer our program. You will see Christian elements in our marketing materials and possibly in your child's letters to you. As long as you are okay with that, we would be happy to partner with you in caring for and supporting a child in need! 
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I am a new sponsor for 2 children and a correspondent for 3 more. So far I am very pleased with all the support I have gotten from Compassion. I have already gotten 2 letters(and a drawing!) from the first little one I sponsored. I did check Compassion out with Charity Navigator and have watched a lot of the videos and comments that other sponsors have posted. I also have a friend who sponsored in the past and she had nothing but good things to say about the organization. The need for loving sponsors to these children is so great - I hope you will seriously consider becoming a sponsor even though you are not a Christian.

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