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My child isn't going to school any more... does he still go to the center at 16 years of age?
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Denise Bailey

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Jodi, did he tell you he is not in school anymore? Some areas don't have high school available. I believe you can request an inquiry be done to find out the reason he is no longer going to school. Many of the Compassion Centers offer vocational training appropriate for the region our children live. So you could ask about that too when you do the inquiry. Which Compassion country is this?
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Thank you for your response. The country is Honduras. The information on the website said he is not in school because he is working. I know that he did go to eighth grade and he did receive also vocational training. He usually tells what he does at the centers in his letters He receives the gifts there and gets healthcare etc. But I was wondering if he is not educated there now is he still affiliated with a center..I have sponsored him since he was 8.... at times it is hard to send the money... I would like to keep going but not sure if it is needed anymore. How do I send an inquiry.
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Jodi, please check on him! I think in some Central American countries the kids have to go to boarding schools and it is expensive so a lot of kids can't go. It would be more than our $38 per month could cover. I have tried to think of how to get high school materials in Spanish that sponsors could send their students to help them complete high school on their own. My next door neighbor is a teacher and I have a feeling she is fluent in Spanish. I have been meaning to talk to her to see if she could give me some advice. Also, I could try Google. I will post on here if I find out. Please let us know what you learn through an inquiry. I especially like to learn about the various vocational programs Compassion has!
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My sponsored teen at 14 told me that  he was taking woodworking workshop and welding workshop on Thursdays at the center.  I will follow up with Compassion,Thank you.
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Hi Jodi! Emily or Susan, the ladies at Compassion who monitor these forums, would be able to send an inquiry for you to find out more about the situation with your sponsored child or they may already have some more information on hand to share with you. They will be back on Monday and they will see this post so you won't have to do anything else to follow up on this. :)
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Jodi, woodworking and welding sound like good vocational skills! I have sponsored mostly girls so they have learned seamstress, accounting, cake baking and decorating, preschool teacher, and computer skills. I have one learning to be a hairstylist now.
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Hi Jodi! First off, I want to thank you for the sacrifice you've been making for your boy. I know that sometimes $38 can be difficult to do and we are so grateful that you have made this investment and I certainly understand that you want to make sure your investment is still making a difference even though he's not in school. Please rest assured that your support is still making an incredible impact on his life as your support is not only helping with education but our program focuses on holistic development to not only assist your child with school but also with spiritual, economic, social and physical development. We want your child to become a self sustaining Christian leader in his community. One of the big needs in this community is employment so I'm actually really encouraged to see that he was able to obtain a job to help his family! The highest education available in this community is University however, this may not be possible for all children that are in our program. We do believe in the value and importance of education and we make it a priority to see that children complete at minimum, primary schooling which Antony has successfully done :). When children complete primary school, some do stop formal school to work for a while to help bring in an income for the family. If at all possible, we always try to encourage and help your child go back to school but if he continues working, he is still greatly benefiting from the activities at the center. I would encourage you to ask him in a letter if he is only stopping for a time as he may be going back to school in the future!

While he's not in school, please rest assured that he's still attending project activities and receiving benefits from Compassion's program. Education for these children does not stop if they are no longer going to school. We want them to continue learning, growing, and thriving in their God given potential and have created ways for them to do this outside of school like the vocational training that he has already told you about. Other vocational training that's available at his center besides carpentry is tailoring and electronic which he can discuss with the staff about taking advantage of if he's interested. This particular project that your boy attends actually provides meetings and educational training for the parents and guardians also! If there ever comes a time when the family is no longer in need of Compassion's support, we evaluate their situation and if they're able to thrive on their own, he will leave our program and we'll be sure to let you know.

Please know that if you're going through short term financial difficulties, we have options available for our sponsors to help you out for a time. We're happy to cover your support for a few months or temporarily reduce your sponsorship rate if this would help you. Please let me know if you want to discuss these options and we can work with you! 
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Thank you very much for your reply, I will wait to see his next response in his letters. I am grateful for the work of Compassion.
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Hello everyone. I just received at letter from my sponsor child in Nicaragua. He's about to be 12 and tells me in his letter he wants to be a leader in his community when he grows up. Emily mentioned that in this post.

Jodi,even though your sponsor child isn't in school right now there's nothing to stop him from being who God made him to be now and when he is older. If he's working now to help his family that will help him more in the future when he's grown and has a family of his own. 

Compassion helped cover me earlier this year with expenses so whatever you need help with it's covered.

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