How, if at all, are unsponsored children surrounding the sponsored children are cared for or addressed?

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How, if at all, unsponsored children surrounding the sponsored children are cared for or addressed? It breaks my heart a bit to think of children looking at others being sponsored and not them.  I know you can't help everyone, and Compassion is doing so wonderful, so just wondering what this looks like.
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Rachel Faye

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Susan

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Hi Rachel! I appreciate your heart of concern for unsponsored children! As soon as a child is registered, they begin to receive the benefits of the program and can participate in all of the program activities. A core goal of our program is that every child, sponsored or unsponsored, knows that they are known, loved, and protected. Each of them has at least one staff member who will give them individual attention and mentoring. However, we also see a marked difference in the children once they have been sponsored and they have someone who is invested in their lives. Something about having someone far away whom they know believes in them and encourages them to keep striving is super powerful in these children's lives. That's why the letters are so important!  
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Rachel Faye

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Thank you for your quick reply Susan! I appreciate it :). Are the unsponsored children still in the program to some extent? Since they're at the classes or something?
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They are in the program just like the sponsored kids. The only difference is they don't get letters from a sponsor.
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Rachel Faye

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Okay thank you! So does sponsorship money go to the whole program and you are connected with your child solely through communication? I haven't completely looked into how Compassion allocates money yet, so I should probably look that up :).
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Hi Rachel! Good question! I will try to answer that for you. :) You could think about it like this, the amount that you give each month is about what it costs Compassion to provide the services that your child receives in their program so the money that you give each month is definitely going to support your child. The way I understand it is that a small percentage (about 18%) goes to cover administrative costs and the remainder is used for the program services. That money is sent to the child development centers each month to provide things like medical checkups, nutritious meals, health and hygiene training, educational assistance, and mentoring. Compassion has a fund called the Unsponsored Children Fund that goes to provide the support for the children that do not yet have sponsors. Please note, however, that while your monthly support is going to provide the services that your child receives, any amount that you send as a gift will go directly to your child to provide for any additional needs that they might have.
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Thank you so much! It makes me feel really thankful and safe with Compassion with the quick willingness to help with all of my questions!
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I'm a sponsor, not staff, but can add a little based on info I was given.  Sponsorship relationships are highly valued by the organization because it tells a child they are valued.  But it's a bit of a chicken and egg situation -- the children can't be sponsored before they're in the program (people want to pick a real child), but there isn't money to pay for them to be in the program before they're sponsored! Therefore a certain number of children are brought into the program based on how many sponsorships are expected.  So it may seem like it's all going into the pot, because all the children are given the same privileges, but if we didn't step up and sponsor individually, the costs for all the children wouldn't be covered.  Together we do a lot!
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Just a slight correction on what Adam said--last line--any amount that you send as a gift will go directly to your child--it should be 90% goes to your child, 10% is for admin fees.
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Adam

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Yes, you are correct, Debbie. I apologize for not mentioning that in my initial response.
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William Blair

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Here's something I thought about when writing to my sponsor kids. I ask them to share my letters with the staff and other sponsor kids. Include them in your letters as well. Some have sponsors but do not receive letters. Letters do make a difference for them and us.
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Rachel Faye

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That's a really good idea. How do you include them in the letters? Is it like a hello or...? Thanks!
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William Blair

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I usually ask my sponsor kids to share what I say to them is also for the others as well. One of my sponsor kids told me her teacher actually read my letter to the class. Must have had quite an impact. They really liked having that done for them. The pastors and teachers also appreciate this. I had a good conversation with my sponsor child's pastor in El Salvador. I got to learn more about the challenges they face everyday. Things I already know about just hearing it from someone who lives it.
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Rachel Faye

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That's awesome - thank you so much for the insight :).

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