Should I sponsor 2 children from the same Child Development Center?

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I just sponsored a child from Kenya and I feel my heart tugging me to sponsor one more. There is another a little boy from the same Child Development Center that I am thinking of sponsoring, but wondering if it's a good idea to sponsor 2 children from the same Center. I would make sure that I would write equal letters and give equal gifts throughout the year, but I'm concerned about the possibility of jealousy or other issues arising between the 2 children. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice?
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Susan Hickerson

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I have often wordered this myself. I think it could be fun. The kids would have something in common- the same sponsor. And if you didn't write the same thing to each one, then it is kinda like getting double the letters, maybe. And, if you went to Kenya, you could visit both of them. But, really it is up to you. I am not sure what I would do.
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Oh, and don't forget to pray. Ask God to lead you to the child He wants you to sponsor.
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I don't see anything wrong with sponsoring two children from the same project. Just be wise when you send them items. Try to be fair with letters, monetary gifts, etc. as you would not one child to feel left out.
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Hi Susan!

I asked the same question on ourcompassion.org last summer as I wondered about sponsoring 2 boys of the same age at the same project. The advice I received from other sponsors (some of whom had sponsored siblings or children at the same project) were just what you and Shaina mentioned about being equal with gifts and letters. I did not get anyone suggesting a possible negative aspect to the sponsorship due to them being at the same project. I only started sponsoring my second boy (they both turn 13 this year) in August, so I have only received 3 letters so far. But, the letters from both boys mention they appreciate the gifts (financial, paper trinkets and photos) as well as letters that I send them. In most cases I have sent the same pictures of me from graduation and a vacation, but I have varied the pictures and some letter specifics based upon what the boys have asked about (pets, American football, etc.). Strangely, despite me asking them both if they knew each other and asking the boy I had sponsored awhile to show my new boy pictures before my new boy got some, neither of them have answered my questions about knowing each other. They are in separate grades in school, which makes me wonder if they do not know each other or are just too shy to tell me that they know each other.

I would just pray about it and if you sponsor the other boy (or have already as I only lasted about 72 hours between finding and sponsoring my second child-I kept looking at the website obsessively to see his picture was still there!), then I would just relax and be yourself in your letters and try not to worry about jealousy as you are treating them the same.
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I don't see anything wrong with it! I think it'd be great! There are sometimes up to 200 kids at child development centers and they may not know each other well, or may not be aware of everything in the others' letters. If you ever decided to give a gift to the project center you would know that it is benefiting them both! It would also mean two happier kids at the project center on letter day when you write :)
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Thank you for the responses! After I sent the question I decided I would give it a day, pray about it, and see how I felt the next day. Becky, I was like you and obsessively checked the website throughout the day to see if he was still there. Sure enough, that evening when I clicked on his picture (which was still in my "recently viewed" section) I received a message saying he had been sponsored. I was disappointed, but looked at it as God telling me that I should just focus on my first sponsor for now. And I'm happy he has a sponsor. Thanks again for the advice! :)

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