Is it possible to finanically contribute to your sponsored child attending a college or vocational school?

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I understand children in Africa can be sponsored until they are 22 years old. After age 18, they would be finished with high school, right? So does that mean the monthly contribution that previously helped pay for regular public school can now be put towards vocational school or college? Or is there a way for the sponsor to specifically financially contribute for the "child" (really an adult at that point), to pursue upper education?
If there is not a way to do that, what is accomplished by continuing to sponsor them after high school?
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Briana

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As most of my sponsor children are young adults, I would also like to know if I can sponsor them after graduation.  They live in Haiti, the Philippines, and Thailand. 
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Eleanor Clark

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I sponsor three that are in college now. From Haiti, The Philippines And from Thailand to.  
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Jenny Kim

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I know many children from Africa are still in high school even in the age of 21. I would like to know some more information about "Finishing Well Program" Is this program implemented yet? What is the qualification to join this program for Compassion children? My older children are in Kenya and Ethiopia and they most likely won't finish high school until they graduate from Compassion program. What are their options to pursue higher education?
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hello everyone! Yes, we do support children as they continue their education in either university or vocational school as part of the sponsorship program. Many children in Africa start school later because free public education is scarce and many families in poverty cannot afford it until the child starts the program. For this reason, an adolescent may not automatically be done with high school exactly when they are eighteen like they might here in the US. Often, it takes a few more years to get through a basic education and vocational training if not university. This is why the maximum age in many areas that we work is twenty-two years of age. That said, if they do finish high school and want to start vocational training or university we will help with that too. The Finishing Well program was designed for this purpose so that we can give leadership and educational opportunities to each of our children to help them to pursue their dreams. It is implemented, however, the level of coverage varies depending on the area and the local needs. There are no qualifications for this program, but rather it is provided for all of the children in our programs. You are also more than welcome to send a monetary gift to the family of your sponsored child and designate it towards vocational training or university. Please write that designation in the memo line of the check or in the special instructions box during check out online.
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Jenny Kim

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Susan. Does Finishing Well Program start at the age of 18 or after they graduate from sponsorship program at the age of 21? If the child did not finish high school at the end of the sponsorship then are they allowed to enroll to Finishing Well Program to go to university later?
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Jenny, Finishing Well begins at age 12 when we begin the My Plan for Tomorrow curriculum with each child. It is in this curriculum that we help them to set goals for themselves and vocational and academic aspirations are part of this plan. To clarify, Finishing Well is within the same program as the sponsorship program and the do not need to apply or be enrolled. 
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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I *love* that you start at age 12 to look toward the future. That it is incorporated as they go along.  Even though it also makes me sad for my child who left the program right before she turned 12, that she was never able to be part of it.
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Is it okay to tell my sponsored child that I will support their efforts to go to vocational school or college?
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Christina, Employee

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Tonnie, you are welcome to encourage your child to pursue their dreams! We do ask that you please not promise to pay for their vocational training or college as they are already receiving support through your sponsorship through Compassion. You are welcome to send monetary gifts to your child, but we also do not want to create a dependency on those extra blessings. I think it is important for your child to know that you wish the best for them and that you encourage them to dream big dreams and pursue them :). I hope this information is helpful! 

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