Communicate to my sponsored child, through a short video!

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Hi. Maybe adding a way,on Compassion.com, to record a short video, of yourself talking to your sponsored child? They could see you and hear you! When it arrives in the child's country, they would add subtitles, of what you said, in the child's language! Just a thought! The video wouldn't have to be very long...maybe 2 or 3 minutes. Thank you for reading!
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We would love this too!
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Oh. that would be a wonderful idea. I know spanish so I wouldnt even need subtitles to communicate with my child! Let's make this happen! I bet the kids would love that!
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That would be so amazing!!! :)
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Craig Flaming

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I was just thinking about this idea. It's good to see others are thinking about it too. Maybe it would be up to the sponsors for each development/community center to help raise enough money to help the community to develop the infrastructure if they don't have reliable electricity yet and supply the funds for internet service, a computer, a webcam etc. That would help sponsors get more directly involved in helping a specific community to grow and improve. As the world becomes more and more connected, it becomes easier for us to help each other out and for God's kingdom to grow. To second what Robing King said above, with God all things are possible!
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It could be limited if necessary to a certain number of times a year. So everyone gets a chance to use it. It would actually be best if it could be like skype where it is live back an forth with a translator.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Additional way to communicate with Sponsor child - via Computer chat..


Hi! We are happy sponsors to a beautiful little girl in Columbia. I wondered if anyone has ever suggested the possibility or feasibility of making contact with a child via computer (through Skype, iChat, etc). I know it would be a tremendous undertaking, with perhaps no possibility for some places that do not have access to internet connection. I just wondered if anyone has ever submitted this idea and if it's even been considered. It would be a huge blessing to at least once in a lifetime, see each other - especially if taking a trip to Columbia is not financially possibility for us. Thank you! 
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Hi Ryan and Janette! Yes, this (or a similar idea) has been submitted before. Just to give a little of an update, we are considering new ways of sponsor and child communication with our system updates that we are working on designing right now. You will see quicker, improved, and even some new ways to communicate with your child in the next year or two. 
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Ryan and Janette Greenough

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Wonderful. Thank you for such a prompt response. We thank God for Compassion International.
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Is it acceptable to send customised video birthday cards to the sponsored children? If music greeting cards are allowed, the video greeting cards should be allowed as well. They do fit into the size limits. 

http://www.viewwy.com/

https://www.spreengs.com/video-greeting-cards/birthday/the-one-with-the-rainbow-balloons
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Hi Newsponsor! Wow, those are the coolest cards I have ever seen! I had no idea they even made those! Regrettably, we won't be able to send those cards through due to the significant amount of plastic that is within the cards. I am so sorry, but thank you for looking out for new and exciting ways to converse with your kiddo!
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I am not good at IT, so don't know if it would be possible...but maybe a blog type website that is shared between a project and sponsors of children at that project... the project could post videos of the project and sponsors could post their videos for children at the project to see.  It would have to be secure and moderated though.  Not sure what the uptake on this would be, so maybe a website shared between a number of projects in an area?
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To start with, Compassion could create simple webpages for each center to upload their center/activities pictures, etc. Step by step it could be transformed into secure portal for sponsors/centers to communicate, if desired. Each center could upload/scan at least 1 photo of some kids activities a month to post on the center webpage. This would definitely attract more sponsors for Compassion Project.
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Hi Ceri and newsponsor! Regrettably, we tried something very similar to what you both are talking about. It was a forum and we had hoped that there would be global adoption of the project so that there could be a collaboration of information on different communities, student centers, and sponsorship in general. However, even after five years, there was very little engagement on the forum. We had high hopes for the page and poured considerable amounts of money into building, monitoring, and administrating the page, but saw very little return on that investment. We eventually had to make the hard decision to close down the site because it was just not good stewardship. The name of this page was OurCompassion and I know many of the people here on in this community will remember what it was like. 
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More information and perspective on our sponsored children would definitely be better for sponsors.  Compassion seems to be very open to these suggestions, and to be continually improving what they offer us.  The thing is, we want the kids to get the best available.  Even taking photos of every child and labelling them and uploading them to the right files every month would take hours and hours.  Most of the workers are volunteers, and that would be hours taken away from the amazing program that Compassion has developed.  The workers know the culture and know the children and see that they are individually known, loved and protected.  My kids are important to me, and I crave information.  But I'd hate to see those valuable resources of time and money taken away from them.
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Creating informational pages on international Compassion centers is relatively inexpensive way to attract more sponsor and to keep them engaged. No need to take children photos. No need to label them. No need to monitor. The pages have to be strictly informational. No feedback or discussions. Every so often, the centers would provide general photos. For example, kids sitting in classroom, or school meals, or school art show, or prayers, etc. The folders for each center should be created on Compassion hosting server. All job is to forward the image files received from the centers to the corresponding folders. The image files would be automatically posted on corresponding pages. Very simple job. Seems like a very cost effective way to bring more sponsors and keep established sponsors more involved.
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I remember 'Our Compassion'.  I miss it!  But understand that it was not financially viable.
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newsponsor, please understand that I am really trying to work with you here and we are generally very open to new ideas of how to improve our program. Regrettably, even having a website domain is expensive, not to mention the time (and therefore money) it takes to administrate it. As a ministry, we look for a return on investment for absolutely everything we do to make sure we are being the best possible stewards of the support we receive. I will say though that we are in the process of updating our systems to provide higher quantity and quality information on each child to our supporters. We hear you that more photos and information would really help with finding new sponsors and keeping them engaged and I promise you that more information will come. It just won't be on a separate website in a blog or forum format. 
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My wife and I just had a video call with some people in another country through messenger. A free call. It was live. You can also record  short video clips and send them the same way. 
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A lot of people have smart phone access now. May not work in every situation. A translator would have to be involved. Not something to be done all the time but special occasions maybe.
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John, 

Even if the video is free, we would have issues with child protection and internet speeds. Here at Compassion, we take child protection very seriously. I am going to be more blunt than my previous post. We have some sponsors that do not have the best intentions in mind with their sponsored children. Providing a live video of a child to a sponsor, especially on a cell phone, poses some very serious risks. Regrettably, there are some really awful things in this world that we want to protect our children from. What happens if  a sponsor gets through a background check but then says something or shows something really awful and inappropriate to the child? We have regrettably had these things happen in letters and are able to censor them for the children, but we can't protect the child on a live video. We could, however, edit a video after the fact and again that would take time and money.  Yes, there are measures that we could put into place, like extensive background checks, but it would take considerable oversight and that takes time and money to implement. Also, as newsponsor pointed out, in most of the countries where we work the internet speeds are so slow that a live video would not be possible. 

Lastly, I should mention that we are currently in the middle of a transition from physical mail to electronic letters. After we are done with this transition, we may look into other options like the videos. 
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I don't disagree. I did not say disregard the child's safety in anyway. I only mentioned it as a possible way to provide contact between sponsors and their kids. We can't all visit in person. The cost through compassion is very expensive. Instead of paying $5-6000 for one trip I choose to give it to the kids and their families. I don't need to be lectured about it.
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John, I am so sorry if I came across a little heavy handed. I do get passionate about the children and particularly protecting them but I didn't mean to lecture you. I know you are active in advocating for children so I was probably preaching to the choir. Before I started this job, I would have never imagined some of the things that we hear from sponsors and that we would have to protect the children in this way so I thought maybe this might not be clear. I understand that visits are expensive and that we need to look at more affordable options for sponsors to connect with their kids. Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are taking it into consideration for the future.
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Yes, it is very easy to make international video calls, but I don't think it would be acceptable. Compassion would not allow unsupervised calls because they need to know what exactly is spoken. They do not have enough employees to supervise or translate video calls. In many countries they might not even have fast internet to make video calls.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I think it would b great to get 2see our children on camera being interviewed so ....

I think it would be great to get to see our children on camera being interviewed so we could see them! Any plans to bring a movie camera there?
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Hi Jeannie! We know that seeing videos of the children sponsors have lovingly invested in is something that many sponsors desire, and we recognize that it makes many of you feel closer to your child when you can hear their voice. We have actually done small videos of children off and on when a team of staff is on location at a center, but it's not something that we are able to do for every sponsor. The idea is still in our minds for something to do in the future, but we can't promise that it will be something we can fulfill for every sponsor. I know your heart longs to be connected to Annie as closely as possible, and I do hope that the letters you both share over the years will continue to further your relationship on a deep level :)!
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Se que de seguro pocos aquí hablan español pero así va mi comentario.

Me parece también increíble la idea incluso iba a sugerir lo mismo pero como ya está aquí me sumo a la causa. Yo estaba pensando en hacer vídeos cortos y subirlos a YouTube para que el niño lo pueda ver o se lo puedan mostrar según sea posible por las condiciones donde vivan. Pero sería una increíble iniciativa.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I really would like to hear my child's voice.

I really would like to hear my child's voice and I realize they are able to be on computer I would like to face time or video chat with him or just simply talk
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natalie, thank you for your post. I hear and appreciate your sweet heart to connect with your child more and hear his voice. I am merging your post onto this thread because your request is part of a larger conversation over several years about how to logistically provide videos or Skype or Facetime conversations while providing safety and translation for both sponsors and children. While many of our centers have computers, not all centers have them, and in many areas of the world internet is quite slow, if available at all. This makes the logistics of providing any kind of video recording or live conversation challenging. We also regrettably have to think about safety and security issues, particularly in safeguarding our children. Regrettably, not all sponsors have the best intentions for sponsoring children in poverty. We require full background checks for all sponsors who physically visit their children and we would likely need to require something similar especially in the case of a live video. We also have the issue of translation services and would need to have someone on hand to help translate both sponsor and child. As you can see, we have been talking about this for many years. I think most likely a video recording that can be translated and delivered would be the most viable option, but sadly that does cost money to provide. The logistics and cost of providing the video has to be balanced with our desire to meet the immediate needs of more and more children in poverty.