Questions about our compassion child in India

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With the Compassion program in India very likely going away, what are the next steps for sponsors? Here are my specific questions:
1) is there any way we can still keep in touch with our sponsored child?
2) do the children know what's going on? Do they understand we are not abandoning them and that we love them very much?
3) if some positive change does occur, what is the plan to get sponsors back in place? For instance, if in five months things get sorted out, will you reach back out to me about continuing my sponsorship?
4) is there a plan in place for what to do with our sponsorship money? Does Compassion hope to redirect those funds to unsponsored kids in other parts of the world?

Thank you!
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We are so heartbroken over the situation in India. We are still hoping and praying for a miracle and that God will come through at the last moment. That said, even if God doesn't, we know that God is in control and will bring good from this situation. We have to be realistic and honest with you all, our supporters, that there is very little hope and we are making plans to close our offices in India as of March 15 if nothing changes. 

I am happy to answer your questions. Please let me know if you have any other questions or if you would like to make any changes on your account. 
  1. In some cases we are able to deliver letters and in others we are regrettably not. If we are not able to send a letter, it is being kept at the country office with the hopes that we may be able to get it to the children. We will do everything we can to deliver your letters but we cannot guarantee delivery because we are currently not able to pay our staff to get the letters there. I am so sorry as I know it is tough to not know if you can say goodbye or not. Our hearts are breaking with this whole situation. 
    We can try to arrange direct contact with your child after we leave India, but regrettably, it may not be possible to get your contact information to your sponsored child. Our program operations are at a very limited capacity right now because we cannot pay our staff because we cannot get funding into the country. There are also risks and challenges related to direct contact, including translation issues and potential threats to you as a sponsor. I am so sorry as I know that it is tough to feel like you can't say goodbye.
  2. We have given notice to our staff and church partners. They will let the children and families know in the most culturally and age appropriate way. 
  3. If we are forced to close our offices and then at some point down the road things change, I cannot guarantee that we will be able to contact you about continuing this specific sponsorship. It really depends on how much time has passed. If it has been several years, some of the children may be too old for sponsorship at that point or they may have moved. It's just tough to tell what will be possible.  
  4. Each sponsor is in control of their own giving. We are happy to transfer funds that are on hold for an Indian child to another child for them. We can also refund that amount. The options for sponsors also include waiting till March 15 before transferring funds or to cancel their sponsorship of their Indian child and transfer the funds now.