Siblings of Sponsor Child

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My sponsor child Iribagiza recently sent me a letter and in it said her little brother was sick. When a child is sponsored is that the only child who receives benefits from compassion? In this case the sibling brother may be very young and may qualify for child survival program?
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Melissa Simmons

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Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for the care and concern you have for Iribagiza's sibling. I am so sorry to hear that this sweet little boy is not feeling well and I pray that he gets well soon!  Your monthly child support goes towards supporting Iribagiza's center to assist your child. Be assured that her siblings and guardians do benefit indirectly by things she shares and by participating in our partner church activities. We do however, have sponsor's who generously donate to other funds which we call Complimentary Interventions. These funds include support such as Medical Assistance, Disaster Relief, Highly Vulnerable Children, and many others. Depending on the fund, sometimes the family does benefit. One example would be if Iribagiza's sibling or guardian was in need of a minor surgery, counseling, or treatable injuries, the project would pull from these available funds to help assist them with medical costs. Iribagiza's brother may receive support from these funds if necessary and the project is usually very aware of these situations as they do home visits and stay in touch with your child's family. However, her brother may just have a cold or a virus and just mentioned it to you in her letter. I would encourage you to ask Iribagiza in your next letter how he is doing and maybe what he was sick with, to keep up to date on his illness.

Currently, none of Iribagiza's siblings are in Compassion's program. If the project leadership sees a need for Iribagiza's brother to be registered into our Child Survival Program and if there is a center available in their area, and if he is eligible, they would certainly do so. The decision about how many children that can be sponsored per family is made by the local project leadership. Because the project leadership knows the needs of their community better than we do, we let them decide if it is better to have one sponsored child from many families rather than multiple children from one family. If you feel led, you may also bless the entire family by sending a family gift. You may give $25-$1,000 a year and designate it as a family gift. The project director will consult with the family about what their greatest need is and help them to purchase the item(s). If the greatest need at the time is support for Iribagiza's sibling, they will use it for this. Compassion does not take out processing fees from any gifts, so your child and family will receive 100% of what you send. 
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Thanks so much Emily! You guys are awesome! 

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