Sponsor Child Removed From Program

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Hello, a couple weeks ago I found out that my sponsor child had been removed from my account. I called Compassion but the lady I was connected with had a very thick accent and I had trouble understanding everything. I understood that he had been removed from the peogram for not attending the Project but I can't understand why he would not go. In the letter I got Compassion said that they told him he would be removed if he kept on not attending. If he is in need of money why would he choose not to go and lose his sponsorship? It makes me feel like he was not in need of the money I had been sending him. Thank you very much for your time.

Child number: ID-203-0025
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Julie Inwards

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@Julie, I'm not staff but have had several kids leave. 
Sometimes they don't attend because it is a conflict with other interests (they want to play sports after school, peer pressure from friends to hang out etc.  Even in poverty, teens or younger kids feel the same demands of peer pressure and may choose something that is not beneficial for them because it's "cooler", in the same way that kids out here take up things like smoking even though they are very well aware these days about the health risks.  They know it is bad, they know it can harm them, but they just do it anyways.) Compassion does what they can to persuade the child, but it doesn't always come to anything.
Or sometimes kids don't attend because their parents aren't interested in sending them, they'd prefer the child to get a job, work on the farm, look after younger children etc. 
And sometimes they may disagree with what the child learns as far as Christianity if the family is participating in another religion.
Quite often they don't tell Compassion WHY they leave or stopped attending, so Compassion may not be able to pass that information on to you, but they definitely do make sure the child's family is in financial need to be registered and I've actually had a couple children leave because the family was doing better and no longer needed financial help anymore, so they do continue monitoring that. 
Hope that helps a bit.
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Hi Teresa! Thank you for your response to Julie's concern. Everything you said is true. It can be difficult for a child coming of age in any country, including here in the US. I am a mom of three and have been through some rough times with my own teens. They are just trying to figure out who they are and where they belong in the world. Luckily for most of the teens and young adults in our culture, they aren't also expected to help with the household income. I sincerely appreciate your insight and everything that you bring to Compassion. Merry Christmas! 
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Hello Julie, I know that it can be hard when your child leaves the program abruptly. I understand your feelings and I am sorry.

I also apologize that you experienced difficulty speaking to one of our phone representatives. We do have a call center located in the Philippines. All of our staff that work in that call center are formerly sponsored children. They have great personal experience that they are able to share about being a sponsored child that our reps here in the US can't. 

I am showing that Steddy is 20 years old. I do show that while he was in the program, he was able to obtain his high school education and that he was performing above average. It shows that he desires to continue his education and go on to University. 

For a male at this age, he is most likely working to help provide for his family. I also show that he plays an instrument. So, if he is juggling work, school and his music, it may take most of his time. There are attendance requirements at the project and sometimes schedule conflicts can make it so the child is unable to attend any longer. I know that it is difficult, but it sounds like he has done really well and has a good foundation.

I know that everything that you have done for Steddy has made a real difference and he wouldn't be where he is today if it wasn't for your support over the years. I would encourage you to write him a final letter and say good bye to him. I am sure that he would like to hear from you one last time and to know that you will keep him in prayer.

We truly appreciate everything that you do for Compassion Julie and for the children that you sponsor. Merry Christmas! 

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