What happens to the child when a sponsor cancels their sponsorship?

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I am just wondering what happens when a sponsor has to cancel their sponsorship. Is the child told right away or do Compassion wait until a new sponsor is found before informing the child? What is the average amount of time a child is sponsored for? I know some people decide to sponsor a child for year, is this a good idea or would it be better to wait until you can commit for more than one year?
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Hi Philippa! Those are all great questions! I'm glad that you asked! Basically, we tell the child right away (or within the same month) when their sponsor cancels. The child continues to stay in our program and is supported through the Unsponsored Children's Fund until we are able to find another sponsor for them. 87% of sponsors stay with that child for more than one year and we are happy that this is the case. We discourage sponsoring for just a year if you know that you will not be able to continue after that. Sponsorship in our program is a one-to-one, long-term, mentoring, and supporting relationship. We have seen that children who have a consistent sponsor for the majority of the time that they are in the program tend to do better overall than those who have had several sponsors over the course of the program. Also, children who go long periods of time without a sponsor are more likely to drop out of the program. I encourage people who may not be able to commit to long term sponsorship, to maybe give to the Unsponsored Children's Fund or one of our other general funds
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Hi Phillippa, I am a fellow sponsor and I have found children on the Compassion Australia website that have had one year or less in the program! One girl I sponsored had only four months left. She was in an English speaking country so in addition to lots of letters I also sent her pamphlets, booklets and even books! I frequently see students with one year left in the program. Chou would just need to mow the graduation age of the country, most are 22 now but two or three in Central America are 18. Then look at their birthdate and figure out when they will graduate! I hope you do it! Some of them may have never had a letter!
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Denise Bailey

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Sorry. I made some typos Chou is "you" and mow is "know."
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Alexis Jeong

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I agree that long term sponsorship is the best. If one can't sponsorship long term, then contribute to one of general funds. I believe there should be a reserve account to address these children in between sponsorship. Better to have a high success rate rather than be ineffective with many children. The more successful graduates, the better, for the graduates must contribute by sponsoring at least one child upon obtaining a job. Any donation or contribution I'm sure will be appreciated.
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Andrea Watt

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Another good option for short term donors might be the Child Survival Program since it is supporting mothers and babies, but is not directly tied to mentoring and developing a good sense of self worth like the sponsorship program :)
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Elizabeth Mercy Kembabazi

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Please and me to the Child support group I and my baby.
Iam an HIV positive single mother and jobless at the moment.I find it so hard so hard to afford her provision, dippers Milk and food too plus her health medicals. It would rally be kind hearten and Godly if someone helps me out.I would forever mean a lot to me and my 1 year old baby, for she is not breast feeding at all.Thank you.
 
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Elizabeth, we may be able to assist you and your child. Please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com for more information.
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I am having trouble contacting you guys about switching payment methods from cash to card. If you could email me that would be great!  Thank you so much!! <3
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Zoe! I am so sorry you are having trouble contacting us. I am sending you an email right now :)! I've also removed your email from your comment above in order to protect your privacy.

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