Considering sponsorship? Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program doesn’t just address a child’s physical needs, but the needs of their heart, mind and soul. Here are three ways our sponsorship program is different.
12 Feb, 2020
Alon lives on the idyllic island of Alor, Indonesia with his family. When Alon was born, his mother lost her sight and the family of six became dependent on a single income. They had no means to send Alon to school; the boy spent most of his days fishing and helping around the house. His mother had big dreams for her clever boy and when a Compassion centre opened at the local church, Alon had the opportunity to discover life beyond poverty through education, care and discipleship.
Poverty says to a child, like Alon, that their life is hopeless. But, sponsorship tells a very different story. When you sponsor a child through Compassion, you provide life-changing support, encouragement and hope. Here’s why sponsorship with Compassion changes a child’s life:
1. Sponsorship creates life-changing educational opportunities
Education is a powerful tool that can break the generational cycle of poverty. According to UNICEF, poverty is one of the key factors that affect a child’s schooling and education—the world’s poorest children are five times more likely to be out of school than their peers. Without sufficient education, children are not equipped to enter the workforce, limiting their chances of obtaining safe and meaningful employment in the future.
Every child registered with Compassion’s sponsorship program has the opportunity to attend school to receive an education. With the support and love of the local church and dedicated child workers, every child receives all they need to learn, grow and fulfil their potential. In many areas, schools are not easily accessible—children might hike for over an hour or ride on donkey back to attend school. Sponsorship can help families afford transport options for their child to attend school. In other instances, local church partners advocate on behalf of minority groups and fight against harmful traditions such as child marriage, to empower a child with an education.
Sponsorship also equips children living in poverty with resources to maximise their educational opportunities. Books, stationery, uniforms and extra-curricular activities are funded through sponsorship.
Mary Wambui was born in Kenya and raised by a single mother. Through Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program, Mary had the chance to pursue her dreams in fashion and design. Today, Mary is financially self-sufficient, running her own business and employing disadvantaged youths in her shops. Education provides opportunities for children like Mary to break out of poverty.
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2. Sponsorship provides personal attention, guidance and love
Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program is child-focused, addressing more than the physical needs of a child. Through socio-emotional care and mentorship, _each child at a local church centre is known, protected and loved. _
When a child joins a local Compassion centre, they form key relationships with teachers, staff and church leaders that impact a child’s life forever. One of the key relationships formed is between a child and their sponsor. Through letter writing and Insight Trips, Compassion encourages the development of a one-to-one relationship that goes beyond borders and unites two people through the love of Christ. Words of truth, kindness and love from a sponsor remind a child living in poverty they are valuable and precious.
More than 80,000 Australian sponsors speak words of life and hope to children around the world. Read how a simple letter can make a lasting difference.
In addition to socio-emotional support, sponsorship also equips children with life-saving health and hygiene training and with supplementary food as required. Hygiene training ensures children adopt essential habits, such as washing their hands, and have access to medical care and support in times of need.
3. Sponsorship releases children from poverty in Jesus' name
Compassion’s program is Christ-centred and church-based, which means every child has the opportunity to learn about Jesus—the source of eternal hope.
Sponsorship with Compassion is a direct way for children living in poverty to encounter their Creator and Heavenly Father. Compassion serves children living in poverty regardless of their religion, and partners with local churches to provide Bible teaching and training so that each child gains the opportunity to meet Jesus personally.
Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program is uncompromisingly Christ-centred and for more than 65 years, Compassion has been releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has impacted more than three million children around the world—and currently supports more than 2 million in 25 developing countries.
Make a practical and eternal difference by sponsoring a child today.
Words by Shona Yang and Richard Miller
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