Is it possible to sponsor the whole family instead of just the child?

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kelli

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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Kelli! I love your heart to provide for a whole family instead of just that one child! :) We are an organization that focuses on child development and pouring into that one child to impact families, communities, and nations. It is rare for more than one child in a family to be registered in Compassion's program. That said, sometimes it is possible to sponsor multiple children in one family. However, it looks like Mirna is the only child in her family who is registered in Compassion's program. Your support not only affects Mirna, but we provide vocational training, parenting classes, and counseling to the parents as well. This training affects the whole family! The children will often share the things they are receiving and the knowledge they are acquiring at the student center with their siblings and friends. Children often choose to spend their own gifts on their families. They really want to help provide for their family. Whenever you send family gifts, you are providing for the whole family too. I have often heard from parents that when one of their children receives the supports through Compassion, this helps them to focus on providing for the other children in the family. They are relieved that at least they do not ever have to worry about that one child receiving what she needs. I hope this helps answer your question!
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kelli

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Thank you for giving me a better understanding of how Compassion works in aspects to sponsoring a child. Your insight will allow me to help more on the indirect side of things with Compassion to work with the whole family like the family gifts is a great way to do that. Thanks again.
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The family, no, but sometimes siblings are registered.  Some projects allow up to 3 kids per family (Or more in very exceptional cases, I have seen quadruplets on the site twice!) and about 30% of my kids have one sibling in the program.  I even have a set of twins that I sponsor both!  So you can sponsor siblings, as long as it's one of the projects that allows siblings to be registered :)
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Teresa, you seem to know a lot about the program. I want my main focus to be on my little girl but can I also include a small note to her family? 
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Teresa Dawn

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Yes for sure!  They'll love that :) But make sure you address it with your child's name and number.  For example, I've sent little messages to my kids mothers on mother's day.  But I sent it with my child's name and ID and a letter to my kid too.  Then just a little extra note attached that said "To the mother of *Child Name and ID#* "I just wanted to thank-you for raising such a wonderful young man.  You are doing a great job!  I can tell by how loving he is in his letters".  I also sent a little note once for my child's niece when she graduated kindergarten. 

But for sure send a letter for you child with it.  (Wouldn't want the kid to be disappointed when they find out their letter isn't for them! In the letter ask them to do you a favour and give the note to their parent/sibling and most will be excited to do so!)  Also, you have to go into it expecting that the parent/siblings cannot reply to you, so while you may make their day, don't expect a response from the other.  You child may pass on a message, but they may not and forget. 

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