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I just am curious how it works. Once a child finds out he/she has just got a sponsor then what? I am just really curious what goes on after the fact, and what do they do in "project" is that a once in a week thing? I also was curious what happens to "birthday money" or extra money that we give what does the child or family do with that?
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Hi Jill, I can answer about birthday monies and extra money that you send to your child. 100% of the extra money you send is used on your child (or their family in the case of a family gift). Someone who works at the project will help your child or their family make a decision on what they want to use the money for. I've had kids buy livestock, food, clothing, mattresses, etc with money sent. One of my boys always makes sure to save a little bit of money for a piece of candy and a soda :-)
After your child is informed that they have a sponsor they will send you a letter. You can write to them and they will respond (a minimum of 2 letters per year/max six) The child was already receiving the benefits of the program while waiting for a sponsor, so that is the main thing that changes for them.
As to what they do in the project, I think that varies from project to project and country to country. Several of my kids have said they learn about Jesus, have help with their studies, learn about good hygiene, etc. I think the best way to find out exactly what your child's project does would be to ask your child. Also, if you check on www.ourcompassion.org there may be a pastor letter that tells about what they do at the project.
I hope that helps!!
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Kristen,
thank you for answering me so quickly I really appreciate it! When you say that the child was already receiving the benefits of the program while waiting for the sponsor, that means that compassion itself was using helping the child. So the real difference is that they are being sponsored with a person over, just compassion, is that right? Thanks so much for your help! I have had 2 miscarriages this past year so these 2 children that I am sponsoring have made me think of the 2 children that I won't know. Thank You so much for your help and efforts!
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Compassion has an unsponsored children's fund. People donate money to it, and then the children who don't have sponsors yet still get the benefits of the program through that. Once you sponsor a child, they will find out that you sponsor them, and they will be thrilled! Sponsor letters are so important to the kids. Compassion has found out that children who receive letters tend to do better in school and show more interest at the project. To find out about the benefits your child receives, you can log in to your Compassion account online or look in the packet you have about the child. If you look under the child development center tab, it will say something like this, "Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shadai Student Center to provide your sponsored child with Bible teaching, medical exams, health instruction, social events, agricultural activities, bicycle repair, recreational activities, academic support and poultry farming." Some of my other kids center provide them with dental check ups, coloring and drawing contests, computer classes, and English classes. I hope you have a great sponsorship experience. I would love to answer any other questions you have, so feel free to ask!! :)
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Jill Held

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O perfect! Thanks so much Lizzie!!!
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sure. glad to help :) I remember when I started sponsoring and all the questions I came up with!
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Here are a few more really good blog articles that address your question about what your child does at the Compassion program, and the impact of special monetary gifts and what you can send. .

http://blog.compassion.com/spiritual-...

http://blog.compassion.com/give-a-gif...
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THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Exactly what I was looking for!!

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