Compassion only knows what is told them by the center, who only knows what is told them by the child/child's family. In other countries, birthday is not nearly as big a deal as it is here. Here's an article I read recentl from Ghana: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39859738
Hello Holly. I apologize for any inconvenience or confusion about your sponsored child's birthday. According to our records, Yady's birth date is, May 1, 2013. This information is provided to us by the child center staff. There is not always an official birth certificate in the developing countries where we serve, so sometimes we find a discrepancy and the information has to be corrected. Many of the children are born at home and not at a hospital. The child center staff receives the birthday information for the child from their parents or guardians when they are enrolled in to the program.