My sponsored child is no longer attending school. What does the sponsorship provide?

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We received a letter from our sponsored child (14 yrs old) saying he no longer attends school because "I was not interested to learn." I know the community center provides other activities for the kids, but he seems too old for most of what they do there, but too young not to be in school. I'm wondering how our sponsorship is directly effecting our child at this time, or if it just going to the community.
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Denise Bailey

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Where does your child live?  In some communities in Central America there are no high schools close by and the kids have to pay for transportation and some for school fees as well.  Other countries might have similar issues.  I know in Africa the kids have to go to boarding school which is expensive and Compassion doesn't pay for that generally.  I have two girls at boarding school, one in Uganda and one in Kenya.  Their parents somehow pay for it.

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He's in Guatemala, and in his letter he said he was in 8th grade and it took ten minutes to get to school. 
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You can send a copy of his letter to the email Compassion gives us to ask questions and ask them to do an inquiry.  Guatemala just lowered their completion age to 18 from 20.  Other countries have been raising their completion ages so it does look like Guatemala doesn't have as much to offer the older kids. 


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I want to add that some communities in Guatemala don't have high schools.  I wonder if that is his situation and he doesn't think there is any point in finishing 8th grade because he can just go next year?  Or I wonder if he is working to try to help the family.  I recently sponsored a girl that is almost 14 (and it says she is only in the 5th grade).  The work in her community is on plantations.  Farm work is something an 8th grade boy could do.  What kind of labor situation do they have in their community?


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Amanda, 
       I have a 14 year old in Burkina Faso and I'm having the same issue. I need to write him and have him tell me why he doesn't want to go or see the need for it. I believe I can sponsor him until he is 22 so I want him to get as much education as possible. Its tough. Hope your young man will go soon. Thanks, Susan Stolsig

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