Typical size of centers

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I imagine the child centers are quite a variety of sizes. Approximately how many children are served by a typical (average) center? Does it vary much by region? Is there a strong correlation between center population and community population?
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Hi Debi. The numbers can range from 140 to 600. In Nicaragua my 2 sponsor kids go to projects with 400 in one and 600 in the other.
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Hi Debi! The center size really varies as William has pointed out. From my experience, there has been more of a correlation between the length of time that a center has been in existence to the number of children that are registered there than there is to the local population. When centers first partner with Compassion, typically they are quite small with 100 or more children. As time goes on, they might grow in size. It is important to keep in mind that Compassion is committed that each child will be individually known, loved, and protected. This means that above all, the center has to have the ability to provide enough volunteers to give each child individual attention. In other words, it has more to do with the strength of that particular church partner than it does with the overall population of the community. 

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