How do I help my sponsored children?

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Hi! I have a couple questions.

- I received a letter from one of my sponsored children, Burusi (KE034600326). He drew a picture of a sad boy with a cup, looking like he wanted more water. My question is, have food and water supplies made it to Bofu? How may I help Burusi and his family get what they need if there is not supplies available?

- My second question is about my other sponsored child, Midkenson (HA081000419). In a letter he sent me, he and his aunt writing for him told me about a little of his life and family. He lives with his grandma in a house that they do not own. He asked me to pray that his grandma could build a home of their own. Are they in a situation where they could be evicted? How much would it cost to get land and build them a small home in their community in Haiti? How can I help with that in terms of raising funds / getting it started? (Also do you know why he lives with his grandma?Im just curious to see what the family dynamics are.)

I know these may be bigger questions or issues than I can do on my own, but I love my kids and really want to help the best I can. Also I want to be sensitive to their situations while also making sure they get what they need. Thank you so much!! God bless you! And thank you for the opportunity to love on these kids and tell them about the Gospel so they can know Jesus Christ!

-Sarah (Sponsor #01405433)
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Hi Sarah!

It definitely sounds like you have a big heart for these two children! Thank you so much for your care and concern for them! 

I did look at the picture that Burusi drew, and because it is not labeled, it is difficult to tell what is in the picture. It does look like an upside down drawing of a stick figure with a frown and what may be a vessel with a handle on it. That said, from my experience with working with children and drawings, sometimes their drawings may depict something totally different than we think. I would caution against assuming things from the drawing alone. It could also be that he was learning at the center about the effects of drinking unsafe water (often they have workshops for families on topics like this) and he simply drew what he was learning. 

That said, our program includes a mandate to provide safe water for all of the families in our program. His center has been in existence since 2008 and recent interventions in the community surrounded on child protection issues and the HIV/AIDS Response (these appear to be the biggest issues in the community). There are many different ways that we provide clean water including large scale wheels or water filtration systems and smaller scale water filters given to each family. It depends on the area and what makes the most sense there. It's very likely that they already have an intervention in place for clean water by now as that is a basic part of our program.

We do typically provide supplementary food supplies for families that are struggling and for malnourished children. Each child receives a snack and lunch during every Saturday program at each center in Kenya. A typical snack consists of a cup of porridge, or cup of tea, slice of bread and fruit, and in some cases an egg. A typical lunch consists of rice or ugali, beef stew, bean stew or legumes, and green leafy vegetables such as kale or cabbage. Children who are in the HIV program are given nutritional supplements to boost their immunity. During extremely difficult situations where food is unavailable, children come to the Child Development Center (CDC) with their siblings just for a meal. In these situations, the center the only place where they are able to eat something. While Compassion is not solely a feeding program (we seek to completely release people from poverty and not just give a hand out), we make a priority to feed children because we need to both help keep them alive to reach their goals and help them to be able to concentrate in school, etc.

I'll send you some more information about Midkenson's specific situation via email for privacy. Thanks again for all of the love and support you are providing for these precious children!
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Thank you so much!

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