Situation in India

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Hi, I am sponsoring a child in India and was told I could not send Bday money etc due to something with the overseas government. I was just wondering if this situation is still going on and if so, does my child still receive my letters?
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Rachel Javorcky

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Susan

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Rachel, because the situation in India is a sensitive matter, we cannot post about it on social media. I am emailing you the latest on the situation and the answer to your question. Thank you for understanding. 
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Anita Delgado-Taylor

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Susan, today I received an email urging me to write or email my Congressperson to advocate for Compassion in India.  I understand that before it was a matter Compassion wished to keep quiet; however, at this point there is no denying that the local centers are not getting money and some have stopped operating.  While I am glad that this information is now being disclosed and that prayer has been `requested on the matter; I can say this still leaves sponsors like us with the difficult decision to either discontinue with Compassion or to find another child.  I will always pray for my child in India, but I am not keen on my monthly payments going into "an account" indefinitely when there are others in need of charity. 
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Susan

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Anita, we sincerely apologize that you are facing this difficult decision. Please know that this whole experience has been challenging on us as an organization as well. We too are having to make some very difficult decisions of whether or not to completely stop our work in India or to continue to trust and pray that somehow God will make a way while we are doing everything we can to be able to serve the precious children and families there. We understand that this situation also put sponsors like yourself in a difficult position and some of you are trying to decide whether or not to support us. That is your prayerful decision and I cannot tell you what to do in that regard. All I can say is that we are so incredibly sorry for the inconvenience that this situation outside of our control has caused. 
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Emily Smith

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Yes, Compassion has been tweeting a blog post numerous times in the past 24 hours explaining the situation in India, so apparently it's no longer hush hush.

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BillyC

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Compassion has not fully explained the situation,
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Stephanie Greene

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Do the children we sponsor in India know about the situation? Are they receiving our letters anymore either? If they are, are we allowed to speak to them about the matter? Where is the money we continue to send going? If our child does not receive it will it be sent back to us to use if we decide to sponsor another child?
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Hi Stephanie, thank you so much for the love you have for Sunity. Our field staffs are aware of the situation and the reasons why we have not been able to send the sponsorship funds to them. We trust in them to explain this difficult and sensitive situation to the children in a way that they will comprehend. Because translations of letters can cause some confusion, we recommend avoiding this sensitive topic in your letters to Sunity. Please rest assured that Sunity's tutor has explained everything in a culturally appropriate way. Your letters are still being sent to the field office in India. We are still able to process and deliver letters to some areas. For those areas that aren't able to receive letters, they are being held at the field offices until the funding issues are resolved. 

A portion of your sponsorship is being used for our normal administration and operational activities that we routinely assess. Another portion is being used in our efforts to work with legal counsel in the United States and India as well as the administration of diplomatic efforts to protect Compassion's opportunity to work in India. And the dollars destined for the programs in the local child development center that benefit your child are being held in a special account. If and when all government approvals are received to distribute funds in India, we will judiciously begin the flow of sponsorship dollars in concert with the restarts of the programs at the implementing church partners. Should there be any surplus of funds that occur because of the program's hiatus, or if we are unable to resolve matters, we will contact you with options as to how to best apply your support. 

We cannot thank you enough for your love and devotion to Sunity over the past 5 1/2 years, and we prayerfully hope that you will be able to continue your life-changing relationship with her. Thank you for your prayers! God bless you. 
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Stephanie Greene

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Thank you for answering. My heart breaks for Sunity and the other children who this has affected. Praying it can be resolved with a good outcome! ❤️

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