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Hi. I have a question. I've been with my child for got five years and was just told all the money does not go to him but the community. Is this true?
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Linda Caron Johnson

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KristenH, Champion

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Hi Linda! I'm another sponsor but would be happy to help answer your question. The money you send does not go directly to your child and their family. The money DOES pay for all the benefits your child receives at the center. This can include food, medical screenings, bible teaching, vocational training, help with schooling costs, etc. Every center provides different things so you would have to look at your childs online profile to see exactly what benefits he/she receives. So while the money does not go into your child's hands directly, it DOES support your child.
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Linda, I am another sponsor and what Kristen says is true.  Each center does things according to the communtiy needs.  Some pay for uniforms and tuition as needed.  The kids that stay in the program may either go on to college or get vocational training from the center.  I have had kids graduate with vocational training in accounting, hair stylist (there is also barber), preschool teacher, Kindergarten teacher, and seamstress/tailor.  Compassion is amazing with what they provide our students!  The centers have meetings for the parents with business ideas, encouragement in appropriate parenting, farming education and much more.  I do love Compassion and consider it one of the best if not the best sponsorship organization out there.
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Compassion describes themselves as a holistic child development program, and I found out that is not just a buzzword but actually means something. They really train the children in all aspects of life: physical, cognitive, social (including economic), and spiritual. In Wess Stafford's (previous president/CEO) autobiography of sorts, he explains how the program equips the children/young adults to see themselves differently. He grew up in a poor area in Africa and realized that as long as people see themselves as poor, finances will only go so far, and they are going to have trouble breaking out of poverty. When they start seeing themselves as people of value wih skills and abilities to offer, they will have hopes and dreams and make a difference. So there is plenty of direct economic support in the program through food, tuition assistance, and health care, but it goes so much farther than that.
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Linda Caron Johnson

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So when I send extra money for his Birthday. How does that work? So far I'm understanding that without my support my child wouldn't be in the program, correct?
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When you send money for his birthday, staff at his center help him decide how to spend the money. They go shopping for him (or with him) after he decides what he'd like to spend the money on.

If you stopped supporting your child, he would remain in the program thanks to the unsponsored children's fund. That fund would keep him in the program until another sponsor was found.
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Linda Caron Johnson

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Will I'm not going to stop I just wanted to understand it more. Glad he gets to spend the bday money Thank you everyone for the information.
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KristenH, Champion

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:) sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you were going to stop sponsoring! I was just using that as an example.
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Linda Caron Johnson

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Oooo no I understand that Was just saying I don't want to stop but really wanted to understand Thanks for your help I really appreciated it
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Linda, When I send birthday gifts, a small percentage is used by Compassion to help cover the costs of helping the child use the money appropriately, but all the rest of that money goes specifically to the child. It is used differently than your regular monthly payment for sponsorship.
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Hi Linda, this is a great question and we are thankful that you are interested in learning more about how your sponsorship works! You have received some amazing answers from our group here, (thank you to all of you for your kind and thoughtful responses:)) I could not have explained any better! If you are are still in need of any further information or clarification, please let us know and we will be happy to help! Have a blessed day!  

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