I am concerned about the welfare of my child, Alemudin. I believe he is at risk. Who do I contact?

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My Compassion child, Alemudin is 12 yrs old now and is living with a "guardian" due to the death of his father. In the recent letters from Alemudin he has told us that his guardian "sells alcoholic drinks" from her house so he stays outside all day walking the city with his friends until her customers leave at night!  I am upset and aggrieved by this!  How do I know our support money is going to Alemudin and not this woman? I am worried about his safety. Who can I contact regarding this?  
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Hi Rachel. My heart hurts that Alemudin has had to go through the hurt of losing his father and is living in a situation with this guardian that is not ideal. First, the $38 that you send on a monthly basis does not actually go directly to Alemudin- as in we don't hand him the $38 directly. It actually goes towards the program that Alemudin attends and participates in at his local church, allowing him to receive all the benefits of the program. Those benefits include supplemental nutrition support, educational opportunities, health care and training, social and emotional development, and regular Christian training. We also include caregiver programs and training where the caregivers are able to participate in activities that teach them how to better take care of their families. Though I do not know if his current guardian is participating in these activities, I do know that the project staff will be encouraging her to attend. Any additional gifts you may send to Alemudin will be used to purchase appropriate goods that he may be in need of. We never hand children or guardians straight cash, instead usually giving them a voucher for a local store that they must provide a detailed receipt for. Any purchase of alcohol is not permitted, so the donations you send will not be funding her business. Also, I do want to mention that the staff at Alemudin's project are involved in his life and are aware of the home situation he is currently living in. They care for both Alemudin and his guardian, making regular home visits to make sure that he is safe at home. Each of our staff members at the project are training in child protection prevention and response. If there are ever concerns for his safety, they are equipped to handle the situation. I would definitely encourage you to be praying for Alemudin. I'd even suggest encouraging him to make sure he has someone at the project who he can openly talk to about how he is doing emotionally with the passing of his father and his home situation now. I know from experience how difficult it can be to lose a parent at such an early age in life when you really need that mentorship. I am so glad he does have you as a sponsor!

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