From June 2008 to August 2010 Dr Bruce Wydick and a team of researchers from the University of San Francisco, University of Minnesota and University of Washington conducted independent, empirical research into Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program as a long-term solution to poverty.
The findings of the research were published in the April 2013 issue of The Journal of Political Economy, one of the world’s most prestigious economic journals. Here’s what it found…
The research team found that Compassion sponsored children stayed in school for an average of 1 to 1.46 years (2.4 in Uganda) longer than their non-sponsored peers. Those extra years can have an amazing impact. For example, UNICEF estimates that every additional year of primary school boosts a girl’s eventual wages by 10 to 20 per cent and an extra year of secondary school by 15 to 25 per cent. Most children said that educational support was the most beneficial aspect of Compassion’s program.
The study showed that former sponsored children were 14 to 18 per cent more likely to have salaried employment as an adult than those who were not part of the Child Sponsorship Program and 35 per cent more likely to secure white collar employment. It also verified what many Compassion sponsored children around the world have said time and time again: that they aspire to jobs that directly benefit other children from their communities—becoming teachers, nurses, pastors, social workers and community leaders.
The study confirmed that as Compassion assisted children developed into adults, their leadership abilities came to the fore. Formerly Compassion sponsored children were on average 30 to 75 per cent more likely to become community leaders and 40 to 70 per cent more likely to be involved in church leadership as adults. This means that future generations of children will have better opportunities, inspiring role-models and strong voices to speak up for them.