What percentage of children in Compassion's program are currently sponsored?

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Of all the children in Compassion's child sponsorship program, what percentage are currently sponsored? 
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Good Morning Marissa! This number fluctuates frequently as you can imagine because we are daily getting new sponsor's and children. Currently however, 90.7% of our children globally are sponsored (9.3% waiting for a sponsor), and just in our United States office, 89.7% are sponsored (10.3% waiting for a sponsor). 
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Susan - are you saying that if 50 children and their families are enrolled in a Compassion Center program, all 50 get the same benefits (e.g., food, medical care, church camp) whether they have a sponsor or not? So the *only* benefit from sponsorship is letters that the child receives and specific monetary gifts throughout the year (e.g., extra money I give for my child's birthday)? In my mind, then, my monthly sponsorship money is going to support Compassion's mission wherever it is needed in the world, not necessarily to support the Center of the children I am sponsoring. Do I have this right?
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In my mind, my funds now go that child, freeing up the funds that Compassion was using so that they be used to bring another child into the program.
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I think the current model is fairly balanced. It'll be hard to leave a needful child without sponsor to be without support till a sponsor comes along, and should the sponsor drops out later, the child becomes unsupported again. The poor children are supported and then our support comes in - the child may or may not strongly attribute the support she was already enjoying to the individual sponsor but I feel in addition to the monetary contribution, our most important contribution are our prayers for and communication with the child.
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Maggie, you're correct in saying that all 50 children in that project receive the same support whether sponsored or unsponsored. Like Susan mentioned, the children in that project that do not have a sponsor, are supported through a fund that we call, the Unsponsored Children's Fund. Incredibly generous sponsor's and donor's choose to give extra donations each month (or one time gifts) towards this fund to specifically assist us in supporting the children in our program who are not yet being financially supported by a specific sponsor. We do not kick these little ones out of our program just because they do not have a sponsor and we could not do this without caring sponsors who give of their resources, time and prayers to make this possible. We are truly blessed to be able to keep children in our program and offer them love and care despite the time they have been patiently awaiting sponsorship. 

To answer your second question, your support is not just going anywhere we need it around the world unless you're giving towards a specific fund like our Most Needed Fund, the Partners of Compassion Fund, our Water of Life Fund, etc. The support you give each month for your kiddo is sent to your child's project and used for program costs that benefit your child. 100% of any monetary gifts that you send such as a birthday gift, will go to your kiddo specifically and is not split up between any other children. :)
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Emily - thanks for the clarification; that was very helpful!  I am glad to know that my monthly financial sponsorship helps not only *my* child but the project and unsponsored children overall. 
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May be helpful to Compassion to know which country has the lowest percentage sponsored, longest waiting time, most sponsor visits, etc.
Also, percentage of physically challenged/orphaned children sponsored, average number of sponsored child per sponsor, average sponsored years per child, etc.
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Thanks Emily!
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Good morning Chak! Although I was not able to gather all of the numbers you requested, one of our departments that gathers this data was able to provide me with a couple more statistics for the inquiries you had above.
  • As of February of this year, Togo has the highest percentage of unsponsored children at 29%. India and Indonesia also consistently have a high number of unsponsored children, they are also some of the largest countries that we serve in. 
  • Also as of February, Sri Lanka has the highest average wait time for eligible unsponsored beneficiaries at 3.74 months. Our goal is for children to wait no longer than 4 months for a loving sponsor. Togo also has a longer wait time than most countries. Generally, countries in Africa and Asia have longer wait times than children in South America.
I hope you find this information helpful! Susan also recently replied to an inquiry regarding the success of our program that you might also be interested in reading, here. Thank you for your patience with us as we gathered this data for you :). 
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Thanks a lot for the efforts, Emily!
Average waiting time is less than 4 months - pitiful that quite a few kids are still waiting after 300 and 400 days! :(
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Hi Chak!

We certainly do everything we can to avoid children waiting as long as a year or more and we make them a priority in trying to find these children loving sponsors as quickly as possible. We are so grateful for the prayers of individuals like you for God to bring sponsor's to those children quickly! 

Also, I just received information regarding our orphaned and special needs children. Based on children that are currently being sponsored by individuals through our office in the United States, 1.5% of them are orphans and .5% of our children that are currently sponsored are special needs. We value each and every one of these precious children and are so blessed to have the opportunity to show them the love of Christ. For more information on how we select children for our program, you can read this post which also has a link to a post on our web page that we wrote on how children are chosen by our staff. 
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Thanks again, Emily!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How many unsponsored children are there?.

Hello, I am an advocate and am talking to a couple churches about a Compassion Sunday.  Last year I saw a post on this site of a Compassion report with the number of unsponsored children by country.  The report was dated June 30, 2014.  I was wondering if you could post an update to this report.  I wanted to show each of the churches where the greatest need was.

Also, as a possible idea, would it be possible to post this report somewhere on the Advocate page whenever it is updated?  I think it would be an awesome tool for us to use throughout the year when we select children and packets for advocating.

Thank you.
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I didn't mean to shout...  Not sure hoe that happened...  But the thought blew my mind!  I didn't realize how "big" Compassion is.  So, my mind is just in uncomprehend mode.
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Hey Angelee! Compassion is absolutely huge in terms of the money that they manage, but you would never know it by how well they treat us sponsors. :) You probably won't find that anywhere else. Compassion is extremely transparent about their finances and they publish all of their tax returns and audited financial statements on their website. One of the first things I did was go online and look at their prior year tax returns and it made me even more sure about sponsoring with them. They are very, very good stewards of the money they are given and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the management of this organization. I've never seen another organization like Compassion. I'm not sure there is one.
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By the way, Angelee, Amen to your first comment! You are absolutely right and I didn't think you were shouting. There's nothing wrong with being excited about the Lord providing that much money for children living in poverty. I get pretty excited about it myself sometimes! :)
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I just took a look... I didn't know i could take a look!  Once again my mind is blown...  This has got to stop happening... I need those brain cells!  Well... I guess there's room for new ones... I digress!  How many children are sponsored on a regular basis?
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Susan or Emily will have to answer that one a "worldwide basis" since there are advocate packs out and other country sites... But here's a live list of all the kids sponsored off of the USA Website each day! Today seems a low day so far, usually it's at over 100 by the end of the day, I've seen it reach over 400 on ocassion, but 100 is usually closer

http://www.compassion.com/become-a-sponsor-dashboard/
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Why have the children in Columbia been waiting for the longest times?
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Hi Katrina! As mentioned throughout this post, the numbers of available children and wait times changes daily as more and more children find sponsors. We do everything we can to find loving sponsors as fast as possible for each child. As you can imagine, with several events and methods of finding sponsors, there is a lot that goes into statistics like the ones above. For example, about six months ago we had a large church that was only sponsoring children in Nicaragua. That greatly changed the numbers of children available from Nicaragua and changes the wait times for children in other countries as they might have been sponsored had there not been a specific country requested. You also might notice that because the children listed on the website represent only a portion of the total number of children who are available for sponsorship, the longest waiting children shown on the website do not give a full picture of where all of the longest waiting children are from. If you look right now, most of the children who are the longest waiting today on the website are actually from Indonesia. 

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