Compassion students in Guatemala and Bangladesh share their big professional dreams. Learn how you can help them unleash their God-given potential and reach the future they’ve imagined!
We know child sponsorship works, but don’t just take our word for it. Meet these inspiring and successful Compassion alumni as they share about life after sponsorship. They are tangible proof that the cycle of poverty can be broken…one empowered youth at a time.
Born in Villa El Salvador, southern Lima, Peru, Rosa Cueto Vega was surrounded by hills, sand and poverty. She experienced hunger and suffering. In the midst of her family’s struggle for survival, she didn’t have the luxury of dreaming for a future.
Methode endured the Rwandan Genocide when he was 6 years old. Now over 20 years later, he recounts his journey through the heartbreaking loss of his family, his pain and bitterness, and the ultimate forgiveness of those who killed his family.
With a big smile on her face, Compassion alumni Lety greets every person who walks by. It is hard to believe that this same confident businesswoman was once a very shy girl with no dreams.
What changes are in the works for our Leadership Development Program and how can you best meet the needs of the child you sponsor? Find out in the last part of the “Ask Jimmy” blog series.
Sarah Mae and Rizza Mae are about to exit from the Child Sponsorship Development Program feeling ready to face the world. Having learned valuable lessons and skills, they are breaking the cycle of poverty in their lives.
I know you’ve thought it. I’ve thought it. If we’re being honest, we’ve ALL thought it…
Is this child real?
Does this whole sponsorship thing really work?
Where is my money really going?
When you walk into a Compassion program at any of our local church partners in any of the 25 countries where we are privileged to work, you will find the same holistic program being implemented.
But you don’t have to take my word for it….
“What’s for dinner?”
It was the first question that popped out of your mouth when you got home from school as a kid. You secretly hoped for something different than last night and if you were lucky….you got your favorite meal!
Although my family had a short season of eating red beans and rice (Louisiana girl here!), for most of our dinners, I still had other things for breakfast and lunch. Most of my life, I had access to all sorts of food and snacks.
The story is very different for children in our program. Our local church partners reach out and enroll those in the most need. And sometimes that means little ones who may not have enough food for even one meal, let alone three meals a day.
When you invest in the life of a child, you partner with us and the local church in their holistic development. The most basic part of a child’s development is their physical body.
Providing a well-balanced meal or snack when they attend the program is just the start of addressing their physical development, but this start is critical.
What child who is hungry can focus on schoolwork, learn basic hygiene, or hear that Jesus loves them?
And we’ve talked about how, sometimes, it’s the absence of words that has power too… leaving questions like:
Am I thought of?
Why did they choose me?
Who is the person who has invested in my life?
When you choose to invest in the life of a child through sponsorship, beyond giving money, you also get the opportunity to be involved in their lives. And it is equally important to let them be involved in yours!
This investment in relationship with your sponsored child is where the alumni and research consistently says the lasting difference was made in changing their story!
This week in our special video blog series, Conversations with Alumni, hear a candid conversation between alumni about their sponsors’ level of involvement in their lives.
These alumni didn’t have to worry about what not to wear when they were in the Compassion program. Listen in on their favorite memories about the clothes from their childhood.