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I think my sponsored child is grown up. Her name and picture is on Facebook from the same area. Did you use an old picture of her? I have the screen captures of each. Looks like same person to me.
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Hi Mike! The photo we have of your child was taken a full year ago, so it is very possible that she has changed a little since then. Compassion updates photos every 18-24 months, so you can expect to receive an updated photo of her around April 2019.  That being said, Compassion strongly advises that sponsors not contact their sponsored children through social media as we do have guidelines set in place against this. I'm not sure if you were intending to verify that this was her in order to contact her or if you were just curious if she was on Facebook. I just want you to be informed of Compassion's guidelines. It is important for the child to respect and follow Compassion guidelines as well as honor the privacy of the sponsor. These contacts may develop into potentially problematic situations for Compassion and the sponsor. In order to protect both parties, Compassion does not allow direct contact between children and their sponsors. We are committed to confidentiality and privacy and can only ensure this with communication solely through Compassion. We have two blog articles on this subject that you may be interested in reading: http://blog.compassion.com/what-should-i-do-if-my-sponsored-child-contacts-me-via-facebook/ and http://blog.compassion.com/why-cant-i-communicate-with-my-sponsored-child-via-facebook/
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I didn’t nor was I planning on contacting her. I’m new to this organization and was curious as to it’s legitimacy. The top picture was the person I sponsored and the compassion website published that she was 4 years old. The Facebook search revealed a person with her name from the the same location as stated by compassion. The resemblance is remarkable, have the same name, from the same area, surely it it can’t be the same person, could it?
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The child is 4 years old? The other is an adult? It could be a daughter who was named after her mother. Or a common name in the region.  I know enough people who have gone and visited their sponsored children that I am not concerned that Compassion is putting names up for sponsorship of children that do not exist.
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That makes total sense, Mike! I actually didn't even look at her age when I was looking at her information so now I understand what you are saying. She looks like she's had a difficult life and carries a lot more on her shoulders than any five year old ever should :(. They do look similar, but it is hard to tell when the angle of the photos is different too. I think the one of your Compassion child has more definition to her lips and also has eyebrows that are shaped differently. This could be a sister or family member, or it could also be someone not related to her at all. Social media is difficult because anyone anywhere in the world can create an account that isn't genuine so it's hard to tell if the account you found on Facebook is real or not and who it belongs to. I do want you to know that Compassion does audit each project where the children in our programs attend regularly. You can also do some research on Compassion through outside charity watchdogs like Charity Navigators as it seems that you've been trying to make sure that Compassion does what we say we do. That's always a good thing to do when you are new to an organization and I applaud you on that.
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Thank you Sarah!

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