Any Guesses?

Compassion has 10 partner countries, in addition to the U.S., all of which sponsor children in the developing world.

We work in 24 countries, soon to be 25 when Togo begins registering children later this month in September.

As of May 30, sponsors from the U.S. alone support more than 608,000 children.

Which country do you think has the most U.S. sponsored children? And how many sponsored children do you think that is?

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  1. Tina June 4, 2008

    Thanks for the answer, Chris…and Dave, I congratulate you on your astonishingly accurate guess.;)

  2. Compassion dave June 4, 2008

    Is it India and 59,150 children?

  3. Chris Giovagnoni June 3, 2008


    We track sponsorships separately for the two offices. The number I gave combined both them.

  4. Tina June 3, 2008

    Just curious, does “India” combine both the India and East India offices, or does Compassion separate the two when counting the sponsored children within the country? 🙂

  5. Andrzej Gandecki June 3, 2008

    What a surprise!

    I just thought India has the biggest population so maybe it has the most US sponsored children…

  6. Chris Giovagnoni June 3, 2008

    We have a winner! At least partially.

    The correct answer is India.

    Good on ya Andrzej.

    And there are nearly 59,150 U.S. sponsored children in the country.

    Ethiopia is second with close to 49,000 U.S. sponsored children.

    I like your geek approach, but you overshot. Bolivia has nearly 30,350 U.S. sponsored children.

  7. Britney June 3, 2008

    My guess is Dominican Republic, 25,000 children sponsored by US sponsors.

  8. ~audrey~ June 3, 2008

    I will guess the Philippines, but I have no idea on the number of children!

  9. Andrzej Gandecki June 2, 2008

    India – 40000

  10. Kees Boer June 2, 2008

    Ok, I’m going to guess again. My guess would be Tanzania. The way I came up with that is to look at the website as saw how many children are available to be sponsored from each country. There are 72 children available from Tanzania, which is the highest number for any country.

    Now I’m going to assume an average of about 250 children per project/church. Bolivia has 65 children to be sponsored on the website. (I wish, I could sponsor them all, that’s my big financial dream, to empty a country! LOL) Anyways, in Bolivia there are 155 projects, which I would guess would mean 155 x 250 = 38,750 children. Since there are 65 children on the web, then I would say that every child on the web represents 38,750/65, which is about 596.15 children. Thus Tanzania would have 72×596.15 children, which would come out to be: 42,923 children.

    That’s probably totally off base, but it is an educated geeky guess! (Sorry, I taught Calculus for 4 years, can’t help it!)


  11. Amy June 2, 2008

    I also remember this from your old blog, but I have no idea how many children!

  12. Steve June 2, 2008

    I’m guessing Mexico, because so many U.S. citizens either have some connection there already, or “go with something familiar”, a neighbor to the south – maybe hoping it will be an easier visit in the future. As far as the numbers, I haven’t a clue … 50,000 ?

  13. Joel Laramee June 2, 2008

    Nigeria – 50,000 children

  14. Vicki Small June 2, 2008

    I’m going to say Ethiopia, but I have no clue as to the number.

  15. Chris Giovagnoni June 2, 2008


    I thought of you as I was posting and almost said you couldn’t play. 🙂 It’s also why I threw in the guess about the children.


    The prize is knowing something you didn’t know before.


    I’m not surprised by your guess.


    No one has guessed correctly yet. Also, the guesses are on the high side.

  16. Kees Boer June 2, 2008

    I think Bolivia. They have 155 projects.


  17. Compassion dave June 2, 2008

    I’d say Haiti (or the DR) and say the number is 136,728 children.

    Are there prizes to be awarded?

  18. Krista June 2, 2008

    I have no clue, but I’d guess it’s probably a country where you’ve been working for awhile. Number? 200,000?

  19. Tina June 2, 2008

    Unless something has changed recently, I could answer this one. But…I’d have to admit that I cheated and looked at the post about it on your old blog! I’m curious to see what others will guess, though. 🙂

  20. Beth Ingersoll June 2, 2008

    I’m going to guess Rwanda, and say 125,000 children. Because that sounds good and for no other reason 🙂

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