How are children chosen?

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How are children chosen for sponsorship and do they not receive any services until they are sponsored? I'm just looking at all these packets for Compassion Sunday and wondering if these children receive anything while waiting for a sponsor.
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Jamie Riemersma

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Hi Jen!

I am a sponsor with Compassion, and have been for a number of years now.  This link will be able to answer some of your questions. https://www.compassion.com/how-we-work/how-we-select-children.htm

As I understand it, children start receiving benefits as soon as they enter the program.  Compassion maintains the Unsponsored Children's Fund to cover their needs.  You can find the link to that here: https://www.compassion.com/unsponsored-children.htm  Of course, unsponsored children are without a sponsor to love and encourage them through prayer and letters, so getting them sponsored is still a huge priority!

I hope this helps.  If you have any other questions, the ladies from Compassion will be able to help you on monday.
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Thanks Jamie! So every child with a profile is already being sponsored by the unsponsored children fund? I'm just trying to make sure I give the right information to any questions I might get asked tomorrow!
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Jenny Kim

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I know that unsponsored children get a half of the benefit of what sponsored children get until they find a sponsor. The country office distribute only half the fund of full sponsorship to unsponsored children. So, it's sad when sponsors cancel then they only get half of the benefit until they get a new sponsor.
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It's not my understanding that that is the case. Our sponsorship goes towards the Compassion program run by the church partner, including the teaching, meals, medical care, help with school fees/uniforms, and help with inidvidual/family needs as applicable. Once accepted into the program, unsponsored children are gven all the same benefits as the sponsored children, except that they do not have the one-on-one sponsor relationship to encourage them and pray for them, or special financial gifts should the sponsor choose to do that. Perhaps less money is sent to the program (I don't know) but for the child to be given half the benefits would be contrary to the Compassion vision of each child feeling valued.
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Jenny Kim

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That is what my friend heard from one of the employees at Compassion local office. I believe $21 for full sponsorship and $10.50 for unsponsored children. I heard this unsponsored children fund lasts only 6 months, but usually children find a new sponsor within 6 months. I think I kind of understand because unsponsored children fund might not be able to cover full sponsorship. Also, many unsponsored children online doesn't go to school until they find a sponsor. I see many 7-9 years old kids in Africa not attending school yet.
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Jenny, the only portion of the program that unsponsored children are not receiving is the letter relationship with their sponsor and any gifts that a sponsor may send. Facilitating a letter writing aspect of the program is actually what that extra amount of funds goes towards as well. We don't cut back on the daily benefits they receive at the program like schooling or healthcare just because the child doesn't have a sponsor. The children who are not sponsored yet do still have an opportunity to go to school. What you are seeing online with many of them not being enrolled in school yet is either due to their age (as some countries do not send children to school as early as America does) or it is because we collected information on the kids before they were enrolled in the program. Many children who are in Compassion's program were not in school prior to joining, and the information we record in their profiles when registering them reflects that. The children are enrolled in school when they join Compassion's program :).
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If the country office distribute $21 to full sponsorship and $10.50 to unsponsored sponsorship then does the project combine all and give the same benefits to all children? Well, if this is the case then each children are getting less than $20 benefit every month and also, our sponsorship does not only include our child, but also covers half of the benefits from unsponsored children and the other half from unsponsored children fund. I think I need some clarification on this!

Also, one of my children started going to elementary school at the age of 9 when he was enrolled in Compassion at the age of 5. He started kindergarten 2 years after enrolling in Compassion program. So, I thought the fund was not enough~!
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One more thing you can share on Compassion Sunday is that partner churches that have been a part of this ministry for several years plant churches in the poorest areas and they become partner churches. I was in Bolivia last month to visit 2 of my sponsor kids and both partner churches have planted churches. One of them two years ago and have 330 sponsor kids. 

Here's what I've done at these events. When you look at the child packets you'll see some stand out and those you pray for a sponsor. They will be sponsored. Others will be as well. They will stand out to you for a reason. I'm sure you can guess why.
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William Blair

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Since the unsponsored kids don't receive letters here's a suggestion for everyone. When you write to your sponsor children you can ask them to share the letters with them and add something in the letter for them. Also add something for the child's family,pastor and project staff.

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