Wish I was there for my sponsor child's graduation...=(

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To Whom is May Concern,

I've enjoyed supporting my 2 children from Compassion. Gobindo & Ivon.

I've also had the awesome opportunity to visit Ivon on a couple occasions.....

However, I'm a little sad that I didn't have the chance to make it to her graduation or even know that she would be graduating @age 16yrs.

I understand this is custom in the Philippines.....but was not aware of it till now.

May I make a suggestion:

Will you please inform other sponsors, who have children in the PI, that their child will graduate earlier than the US....? Usually at age 16.

It was my intention to go and be there for Ivon at her ceremonies plus give her a graduation flower lei and gift. I'm so sad.

Please make an effort to let others know should they want to do something special for their child at graduation.....such a BIG STEP for our children in 3rd world countries.

I know it may not have been possible for a lot of sponsors....however, I've been flying to the Philippines at least 3 x's a month for the past 5 years. I work for the airlines and would've loved to have made time in my schedule to be there for Ivon.
With the guidance of Compassion rules and regulations, of course.

Another question:

May I sponsor Ivon's baby brother???
Please let me know so I can start factoring that in to my donations. Thank you.

Last question:

How much would it cost me to visit Gobindo?? I know there have been tours to India in the past but I wasn't prepared to go at that time....I'm praying about it as he will soon graduate as well.
Might you also tell me when his graduation date is set for, please?? If at all possible I'd like to send him a gift that would be there the day of his ceremonies. If at all possible I'd like to be there too.

Thank you so much.

Many blessings,

barbara j vidinha richards
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Hey Barbara! Thank you so much for your idea. We do try to notify sponsors about a year before their child is estimated to graduate by mail. However, this date is only an estimate. The child can complete our program before this date.
I'm not able to find your account to provide details on Ivon's brother. However, if you'll email or call us, we'd be happy to look into this for you.
You can find information on sponsor tours here: http://www.compassion.com/get-involve...

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