How long will my sponsorship last? How will I know its impact?

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I'm interested in sponsoring a child, but before I get involved financially I would like to know more about my contribution in regards to how long will a specific person receive money from me and if I can see how my donation has improved there overall way of life. Will I have the chance to communicate with the benefactor of my donation?
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Kyle Hutchison

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anna

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Yes you can communicate with the children and sometimes their families. Someone who works at compassion will help you out with your questions, but I do know for a fact that you can communicate. I have gotten multiple letters and drawings, from my kids. It's really neat :) also, you can visit the children if you would like.
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How would I communicate with the families or the benefactor?  How is the money used?  Does the family receive cash or supplies in the amount of the donation?
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anna

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To communicate you can write a letter and send it in the mail, or you can type it on here and send it. If you send through the mail, you can also include stickers or coloring pages and you send it to an office in the USA so the postage isn't expensive. Online is super easy as well. Compassion does not hand the families cash, but instead what happens is they will use the money you send for schooling, food, health and dental check ups, and things like that. But let's say you want to send your child a gift, or he/she has a need that you would like to meet, you can send money to compassion and they will sit down with the family and discuss what should be bought with that gift. Susan or Emily will be able to tell you more about it than I can, but if I understand it right this is how the money is used. The bond your form with your child is amazing! Some children even call their sponsors mom or dad. They usually thank you for sponsoring them, and if you send a gift they will tell you what they got and thank you for it. Sometimes you will get a picture too. I'm pretty new to compassion so Susan or Emily will be able to tell you more
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I have been sponsoring through compassion for almost a year now and I can assure you that it is a very reliable organization. Part of your $38 monthly donation goes to administration to fund the program and keep each center open which still indirectly aids your child because it keeps their center open. The majority of your money goes to the centers to pay for food, education, clothing, and medical bills for your child specifically. I'm pretty sure compassion holds on to this just to make sure that the money is used wisely on necessities and not just blown on unnecessary things. It is highly encouraged that you write your child AT LEAST 2 times a year and more if you're able because the letters are very special to the children. If for some reason you are unable to write or don't want to, you can just fund the child and ask for a correspondent to be assigned to them so that another person can write letters to your child, but I strongly encourage writing because it is such a blessing to be able to connect with these children. There are two ways to write. Once you pick a child to sponsor, you will be given a sponsor number and the child's ID number. Make sure you write both of those on everything you send your child. Because of costs, you can only send mainly paper items. The guidelines for what to send is right here: 

You’re welcome to send any items that are made of paper and which are no thicker than 1/4” and no larger than 8.5” by 11.”

There is also a list of things you can send on the website. You can either write online through your account, or through the actual postal system. online, the letter you type and the template you choose is printed at the compassion office in Colorado and mailed to your child's country to be translated and given to them. To write through the postal system, you can write your letter on any paper or template you want and send anything within the guidelines in to mail to the compassion headquarters in Colorado (if you live in the U.S.) There address is also on the online website. And then, just like online letters, it will be repackaged for privacy reasons, sent to your child's country and translated to be given to them. If you write about every month or so, your child will write to you about 6 times a year.
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Hi Kyle! I am so excited that you're thinking about sponsoring one of the children in our program! Anna and Lindsee were so kind to address several of your questions but I'm happy to elaborate just a bit more for you :). 

You had also asked about how long you would be donating to one child. The completion age for children in our countries is typically 18-22 years old depending on the country and the child. Children may or may not choose to stay in the program until they reach the completion age. Some children are ready to leave after high school graduation. Others decide to stay for extra vocational training. Once your child reaches their final planned year in the program, we will send you a letter about eight months prior so that you may prepare to say goodbye. These children have so much potential and because of the support, encouragement through letters, and prayers of our generous sponsor's and donor's, many of our children have grown up to become doctors, lawyers, pastors, teachers, and are incredible Christian leaders in their own communities! Our hope is that you support your child throughout the time they're in our program but there is no obligation to continue if you ever find that you need to cancel your sponsorship. 

Throughout your sponsorship, we keep you posted on how your child is doing through full information updates, including photos, that are done for all of our children every two years (or every 18-24 months). However, writing letters back and forth with your child is the best way to know about their families, what they're learning in school, and current events that happen in their lives :). Our children love getting to know their sponsors! 

You might find our conversation, 'How much of my money actually goes to my child,' helpful with your inquiry about the specifics of how your donation each month is used to benefit your child. Compassion consistently receives top ratings for financial accountability and integrity. You're welcome to view reports from several third party charity watch dogs, including Charity Navigator, to see how our program is rated by those in the charity world. You can view these reports via the links on our website or contact them directly. Our 2014 report was just recently posted. You can also read about a recent research study that was conducted on our ministry by Dr. Bruce Wydick from University of San Francisco. He determined the impact and effectiveness of Compassion's sponsorship program. You can find information on this study, here

We want to help you understand our program as best we can so that you're confident in knowing that your generous donations are going where we say they are. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask! :)
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