Child benefits in the program - Sponsored vs. Unsponsored

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I enjoy reading over the Compassion Conversations because I always learn something new. I believe the more knowledgeable we are, the better we can advocate the programs. Recently, I picked up on a couple of comments between sponsor and CI staff that I would like a little more information on. I would like a better understanding of program benefits between sponsored children vs. non-sponsored children (children waiting for sponsors shown on CI’s website). Am I correct that both groups are in the program receiving the same benefits with exception of the later group not having the one-on-one support of a sponsor? The added sponsorship support comes in the form of letters, care packages, possible visits, and the option of additional gift money. I might have this wrong, but it sounds like the $38 monthly support payment supports the overall program? If so, I completely support that because I would not want a child removed from the program because payment stopped. Again, I might not have this correct so I need the expert staff at CI to keep me straight :)
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Andrea Watt

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Hi Billy,

All children receive benefits immediately upon registration. The unsponsored children's fees are paid out of the unsponsored children's fund. Your $38 supports the average cost of one child in the program, your child. Naturally because costs vary from country to country it would cost way more in accounting to separate every penny out to individual sponsors. Someone official from CI will probably have more for you tomorrow. But don't worry, although the unsponsored children are eager for a sponsor's love and letters they are still getting the program benefits.
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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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Billy, yes you are correct, the only thing I see wrong in your statement is care packages.  We are only allowed to send paper items that go along with the letters and cards.  Only option to get 'packages' to them would be the few times that sponsors go to visit.
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Hi Billy! Andrea and Debbie are spot on with the information they gave you; thank you so much ladies :). The main difference between an unsponsored child and a sponsored child is the one to one letter relationship that a sponsored child has the opportunity to have with their sponsor along with visits and monetary gifts. Please rest assured that we do not kick children out of the program if they are not being sponsored or if their sponsor has to discontinue. In either of these cases, we are working diligently to find that child another sponsor as quick as possible. Until that happens, we have been incredibly blessed by donor's who give towards our Unsponsored Children's Fund as Andrea mentioned. This fund allows us to provide holistic support to all children in our program until they receive a sponsor. 
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Thank you all very much for the comments....

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