Does compassion teach English?

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I was just curious if some compassion projects teach any English?? Also, I read my child varsha doesn't have a house but lives in a tent. I was wondering if I could buy her a house or pay rent for an apartment? Just curious
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anna

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Whether they teach English probably varies from project to project. Since English isn't the language of the Dominican Republic, for example, I doubt they learn it. However, since it's a language of Kenya, they might help them with English there.
As for the housing situation, I would probably explore in letters whether there is a business an adult in the household is interested in. You could provide the money to get the business started, thus allowing the family a way to improve their living situation from the profits of the business.
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Ok thanks! I don't have the money to buy a house, but I was willing to work but at the same time I didn't want to make me look like some rich kid so I love that idea!
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Hi Anna! Just as Athena mentioned, it is very possible that your children are learning English :). Although this varies in each country and community that we work in, many children learn English as a language in the schools they attend. It is especially common for children in our African countries and often times, sponsors will receive letters from children in their native language for a few years and then all of a sudden start getting letters written in English :)! 

Now according to our records, Varsha was just recently registered into our program in March of 2014. If she is living in a tent, then our project staff are most likely already aware of this situation. Athena's idea is wonderful in most circumstances and we have often seen family gifts be used to help a guardian start a business such as selling items in the market place. However, it actually looks like Varsha is living with both her mother and father who are both employed at times earning an income through some sort of business they have. You might ask Varsha in your next letter what time of income generating business they have! It's very possible that it involves selling items such as food, clothing, or jewelry, in the market place. This is very encouraging to me and my prayer is that they are already in the process of building a more stable living environment for their family! You're welcome to send a family gift if you feel led and we can suggest that it be used to buy bamboo, bricks, or cement, to help them start building a home.  If you choose to bless your child and their family in this way, you will also receive a thank you letter with details on how your gift was used :). 

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