Compassion sponsor, Laura, posted this suggestion on our community support page a while back:
“Our family has sponsored since the 1990s…In the past year or two we’ve been hearing more and more about sponsored children (especially teens) having access to Facebook, cell phones, etc. and having televisions and video games in their homes. Our family cuts some costs by not owning Smart Phones, not paying for cable TV, etc., so it is hard for us to understand why families in Compassion’s programs would have what we consider to be luxuries, when physical and educational needs are not being met without help from Compassion sponsorship.”
Over the last few years, I have heard this concern from many other sponsors about their sponsored children’s access to technology. I will try to respond to this concern by sharing a little about the way people in the developing world view and acquire technology.
Why would my sponsored child’s family have these “luxuries” when they are struggling to meet basic needs?
This is the kicker – the question I get over and over. The simple answer is that families in developing nations do not view cell phones and other technology as luxury items. They view technology as a needed tool for survival. And they can acquire these tools for much less than we think.