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We have sponsored a girl for the past 5 years. She is now 18 and we will continue to sponsor her as long as we are able. We are very interested in having her come to be here in America, in our home to go to college and learn a skill or trade that she can return to her home for her family's betterment. Is there any kind of program that will allow us to do this? We are licensed foster parents and have taken in many teen age girls. We are asking this prayerfully and truly want to find a way to make this happen. How do we proceed?? Thank you!! Our girl is Kafando Nadounwede Christelle (BF1290278) Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated!! Lisa Strathmann
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Hi Lisa! Thank you for blessing Christelle with your sponsorship over the last five years. The last couple of years in the program can be some of the most important for Compassion kids. It is encouraging to know that you want to commit to help her through it! These are the years where they need the most encouragement! I can tell you love Christelle very much and want to help give her a bright future. Regrettably, Compassion does not have a way to bring the kids to the United States; however, we just raised the maximum age children are able to be in the program. Compassion's goal with raising the graduation age is to give each child in the program the opportunity to reach their potential, be able to sustain themselves once they graduate, and ultimately end the cycle of poverty for their family. Compassion provides vocational training to the children and can sometimes even help cover some of the fees to attend a university. By committing to sponsor Christelle through the end of the program, you already are helping her achieve exactly what you mentioned :). I'd encourage you to ask Christelle what she is currently doing at the project in your next letter. She is probably already receiving some sort of vocational training that is very useful in her area of Burkina Faso. You may be surprised at all the things she already knows how to do! Continue to encourage her to do her best and pursue her goals and dreams :). 
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Hi Lisa, wow, that is so wonderful you want to help her so much! I am just another sponsor but what you just asked made me want to see what the answer was. I read a Compassion blog about a former Compassion sponsored gal who came to our country on her own because she was awarded a sports scholarship in volleyball. She ended up with a Master's degree and stayed here and is a social worker. She has posted other blogs about child sponsorship that she has written as well. I subscribe to Compassion blogs via email so I get some cool stories about sponsorship. You don't necessarily have to give up on having her come, a place to start learning about it might be the entrance department of the college you were thinking of sending her. They may work with foreign students already and could tell you what kind of grades or test scores she would need to even be considered for a visa. If she is average student I wouldn't pursue it. I have had Compassion students that are in college in their countries the last few years of their sponsorship. Compassion India has lots of college students. One of my girls that graduated was in college . I think it is wonderful that you want to help her achieve a good career or vocation! Family gifts are a great way to help our kids start businesses and a lot less expensive than bringing our kids here would be. We can give up to $1,000 per year as a family gift.

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