Questions on children waiting for sponsors

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I have recently been considering sponsoring a second child, and have been looking at the children waiting for a sponsor and have been a little confused. Why do some children dissapear from the website, and then reappear a little later? It also seemed like quite a few new children appeared on the website who were all red heart children, why does this happen? I was also wondering how frequently children are added to the website? It seems that there are usually multiple children from the same center, but none from others. Could someone explain this process?
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Steph Paxton

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Posted 8 years ago

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Shaina Moats

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Great questions Steph!

When a child disappears and reappears on our website, it means that another person is considering sponsoring that child. When you click "Sponsor this Child," the child is no longer available to ensure that another person does not choose the same child. If the person decides not to sponsor the child, they are added back to the available children list on our website.

A child that has a red heart in their picture has been waiting for 6 or more months for a sponsor. Since children tend to be sponsored more quickly on our website, we will add as many "red heart" children as we can so that those children can be sponsored.

Children are added to our website once a week- mostly on Tuesdays. The team in charge of this process will try to add children from countries that seem to have a low number on the website or more girls/boys, as needed. We try to choose children from different projects, but we always choose the longest waiting first. These are sometimes in the same project, resulting in many children from one project being placed on our website at one time.
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Steph Paxton

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Thank you for the detailed response!
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Leslie Allen Taylor

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After reading about and seeing pictures of the Mathare slum in Nairobi, I wanted to sponsor a child from there or one of the other slums. I have yet to see a child on the website from Kenya who is in this area. Could you tell me why this is? Surely there is no shortage of needy children in these areas.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Where are the children from the Nairobi slums?.
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Leslie Allen Taylor

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No one answered my question :-(
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I see that Shaina's answer above may not completely answer your question. Not all of the kids CI has in their program are on the website-some are with CI advocates, Christian music artists touring with CI having a booth there, etc. I am guessing here, but I think the answer is yes, there are plenty of needy children in those areas; however, some projects for whatever reason have a high sponsorship rate of children and low rate of those sponsors dropping children, which would result in no children available on the website. There was a compassionbloggers trip to Kenya within the last few years and perhaps that got all the unsponsored kids sponsored then. You can call CI (or email ciinfo@us.ci.org ) and see if there are any children available in that area who are not on the website and available for sponsorship.

CI representatives try to consolidate questions with common themes, which is why your question was moved. I actually thought it had been answered by Shaina's official response above, which is why I (and I'm sure others) did not say anything directly in response to you. If your comment is ever moved to another thread and you still have a question after seeing the responses in that thread, then it would be best to post your specific, still unanswered question as a new comment in the thread.
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tomboykimi

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Also, it could be a cookies problem. If you delete your cookies and your history, they should come up. It worked for me and others.
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Shaina Moats

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Sorry about that Leslie! If you don't see the child on our website, you are welcome to call us. We can check and see if we have nay children in that area.
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Where are the children from the USA????/// I want to take care of our own children
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Compassion does not offer programs for the US kids. I am sorry that this saddens you. Their are needy children in the US and everywhere else. Compassion chose 26 international countries.
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lisaandshasta123

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Child Fund International has kids from the U.S. I have one kid from Child Fund and two from Compassion. There is a child from Mississippi who needs someone to help her.
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Lizzie, Champion

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are they christian? do they have a correspondence program?
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Sandy

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Interesting. I'd never heard of Child Fund International, so looked them up online. Seems almost identical to Compassion International, EXCEPT not a word about it being a Christian organization, so would assume it is not. That is one thing I love about Compassion, it is openly, unashamedly Christian. Child Fund does have kids in the U.S., but cannot post their pictures or locations for safety/security reasons. Makes sense. The overseas children are depicted similar to Compassion. And there is a correspondence program.like Compassion.
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Is it like the Correspondence program that they have at Compassion where someone financially sponsors a child, but someone else writes the letters? I can't find that information anywhere.