Can I send my child to College after they leave Compassion's program? Will they be in the LDP program?

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I have a few questions regarding the LDP: Is there a Leadership Development Program in the Philippines? If so, we would like to make a commitment in advance to provide full support for our sponsored child throughout the program. Is that possible? If so, could we let our sponsored child know about this commitment? ... If there is not an LDP in the Philippines, is there a way we could fund his continuing education in some other way? Perhaps even in the U.S.? Thanks for your help.
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Hi Ron! It is great that you have the resources to continue supporting your child through the LDP as that is a huge cost compared to the regular child sponsorship, which many sponsors cannot afford. The LDP program is a competitive program to gain entrance and entrants are not selected based upon a sponsor who is willing to continue sponsorship. There is an LDP program in the Philippines, which is discussed here in a blog highlighting CI's ministry in the Philippines:

http://blog.compassion.com/ministry-h...

I strongly suggest that you encourage your child to study hard and apply for the LDP. If your child is selected for the program, then CI gives you as the opportunity to continue sponsoring your child in the LDP. They only look for another sponsor if you are unable to continue sponsoring your child. As the cost is $300 USD/month, many sponsors cannot continue their child's sponsorship since it is much more than the $38/month child sponsorship. If your child does not qualify for LDP, some sponsors do send money directly to a college their child is enrolled. Some CI projects have provided some funds for children to get educated at a local college. LDP is more than a financial scholarship as it is leadership training, mentoring among other important life skills. I have seen other sponsors on ourcompassion.org post about children they sponsor college attendance for although the child is not in LDP. I recommend to connect with a sponsor who has done that to get further information about the pros and cons to such a relationship.
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We sponsor a child who will turn 14 and she has made known that she is interested in finishing high school and attending college. How can we direct her to apply for the LDP?
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You're welcome to encourage her to apply in your letters.
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Since education is the child's best hope of improving his or her economic status, can sponsors help their children with college costs if they have the aptitude for higher learning? We encourage our sponsored children to stay in school and go as far as they possibly can. It seems that college or tech training is the next logical step. Does Compassion agree?

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Can sponsors continue to support their children through university?.
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In one letter years ago, my sponsored child in Haiti (Veronique) mentioned she wanted to be a nurse. I plan to find out if she still wants to do that, but I am wondering how to fund her schooling somewhere other than Haiti. I don't know if I can do it, but I would like to at least explore the possibility. I am interested in funding some kind of trade school for my sponsored child in Nigeria (Ngabo) as well.
Thank you.

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We realize that Melody Kushaba #UG-232-0053 will be turning 18 years old on March 04,2013. Could you send us info regarding the possibility of us helping her financially for college? This is Ken Mason.

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Hey Ken! If you're child is accepted into our LDP program, you will have the opportunity to sponsor them through college. If not, you will have the option to send a final gift up to $2,000 once they complete our program. You may suggest this be used for going to college.
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I also have a child (older teenager) in Haiti and would like his life to be better once he is finished with his basic education. I find that the answer above regarding "trade-school" dead-ended me into your LDP.
Your LDP looks great! but is there someway to help the older "average" kids get into a sustainable situation without forcing them into college?
I would like to start to encourage my guy now, but I'm almost concerned about asking what he will do when he's finished with school.
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I think it would be fine to ask your child what his goals are- ones he has while still in Compassion and life goals. I have asked my children what they want to be. My one girl has talked about going to college.
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I agree with Lizzie, there is no reason not to ask your child what they are interested in pursuing after school.
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Is there a way to send our sponsored children to the US for college? My sponsored child lives in Tanzania and wants to be a doctor.
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Hey Ellen! That's wonderful that your child wants to be a doctor. Compassion does not assist with this type of arrangement. Our LDP program is setup so that students attend college in their own country.
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I am going to have a one time tithe of about $6,000. I would like to set up a collage fund for one of my compassion children. Can I give a gift to one child in particular for that amount?

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One of our sponsored children will be turning 18 in October. I have 2 questions: How long will she stay in the program? Will she be considered for the Leadership Development program? She is interested in medicine and has begun working at a hospital. Thanks, Lori

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Good Morning,

One of my sponsored children is preparing to graduate from high school and is hoping to attend technical college. I would like to see about sponsoring her as she continues her education. I understand that Compassion has a leadership development program. How can my wife and I go about enrolling our sponsored child in this program and ensuring that we are able to continue our support of her?

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College education for our sponsored child.
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Is it possible for me to start a college fund for my sponsored child? Would she be allowed to accept the money for school at age 18 or will the country of Ghana not allow it?

Also, I have purchased small things to send to the little girl but they may not be as flat as stickers. Is there a minimum size for the envelope I send her?

Are there children in America that are also part of this organization that need to be sponsored? Our children need to be taken care of as well.

Thank you. Louise M,.

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Louise, you may send flat, paper items no larger than 8.5" x 11" and no thicker than 1/4". We actually don't work in the US, but work in 27 other countries around the world.

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