Seeing my sponsored child.

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Will I get to see a video of my child at all? I just want to make sure my money is going to the actual person shown.
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Sarah McLaughlin

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Teresa Dawn

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I don't know about a video, some people end up with videos of their kids later but most don't, I can't answer for sure as I don't work for Compassion, but I can tell you that I have a lot of friends who love to travel and they have met their sponsored kids and shown me photos!  I also have friends who brought gifts to the country for my own sponsored kids and mailed them to them while they were in the country (gifts like dolls that I couldn't send from here)  and I received photos of my kids with those same gifts later!
The money itself isn't going to the person shown in the format of just being handed to them as a cheque or cash though if that's what you mean... That would cause all kinds of trouble as you would have kids parents using it for alcohol etc, but it is being used in a way that directly benefits them.  It goes to your child's center that they attend and used for things like tutoring, healthy snacks, medical care etc for your child.  My kids often write about getting school supplies, or even fun field trips they wouldn't have normally gotten.  (My one boy recently got to go to the zoo for the first time and my girl got her school supplies)  If you check on your account it'll tell you what the particular project that your child is in spends the money on.  It's not the same for every project as some projects have needs in different areas than others, depending on the community they are in.  For example, some may provide school fees, but others may not, perhaps school is free there so they use it differently, or perhaps (as sadly happens sometimes) school fees are too expensive there so the project uses it to tutor the child and/or get them some hands on skills like carpentry that will help them get a job later too.  It really depends.
Anyways, sorry I can't answer your video question, but I hope that helps.
(PS you can write a letter and ask for a family photo, I did, some of my kids had some they sent to me but many others didn't, so there is no guarantee, but you can ask)
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Hi Sarah! Welcome to the Compassion family! I am so excited that you started sponsoring Vaileth, I pulled up her picture and she is such a sweetie pie :). Regrettably, we don't have a video of your girl like we do with some of the children in our program, but if we ever take a video of your little lady, we will put it on your My Account for you to see! 

I hope that Teresa was able to encourage you in your decision to sponsor her. I also want to assure you that your support is such a blessing to Vaileth and she is a real child that is receiving support from our program. She gets to go to the project and be loved and cared for by the staff at the EAGT Kondoa Student Center. I'm excited for you to begin writing letters back and forth with Vaileth. You will get the opportunity to build a relationship with her and see her grow and thrive because of your support through the things she tells you about in her letters. We also provide opportunities for you to visit your child if you'd ever like to! We lead trips each year to the countries we work in and sponsors get the opportunity to meet the child they support, see how our projects are run, and see the life changing impact that it's having on their life, in person :). 

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