What Does My Sponsored Child Learn at the Child Development Center?

By attending classes at his or her child development center your sponsored child receives age-appropriate instruction in four main areas:

  • spiritual
  • cognitive
  • physical
  • socio-emotional

At KE-630, Good Shepard Isinya Student Center, all the children begin their Saturday at 9 a.m. with spiritual learning. Then, at 9:35 a.m., the subject being taught changes to follow a curriculum created for one of the other learning domains.

woman teaching young people in a classroom

At 10:10 a.m. the children get a break for breakfast, and when classes resume, the two remaining domains are taught. Classes end at 1 p.m. and lunch is then served.

Classes in each of the four domains are taught every Saturday, and each class is 35 minutes long.

children sitting at desksKE-630 runs its program in a way that is very similar to what many children in the U.S. experience in elementary school. A class of 20 to 30 students is associated with one teacher who teaches lessons in each of the various subjects.

Classes are divided into age categories (e.g., 9 to 11, 12 to 14, etc.), which are like grades, and each group of children is taught an age-based curriculum for each of the four domains.

Thus, the 12 to 14 year old children we observed at the center today had one class, in the physical domain, in which they were learning what puberty is and about the different physical changes boys experience as they become men.

In one of the spiritual classes we sat in on, another group of children were learning about God’s holiness, that He is pure and holy and that there is no evil in Him.

Here’s a little of what we saw.

You can also view the Spiritual Learning video on Vimeo.

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  1. Julie February 25, 2012

    Thank you for this wonderful video! It is so great to be able to get a glimpse into the terrific things the children are learning through sponsorship. I am a new sponsor and have not recieved my first packet about my child yet. I can’t wait to meet him! I am so excited to find out who he is as I let Compassion choose my child for me. I just could not choose one child out of the many who need a sponsor, so I know God will choose the right one for me. I would love to see more videos!

  2. Sheri June 29, 2010

    I have never seen a video of the teaching done in the child dev. center before. This was wonderful. I’d love to see some of this on the Advocate DVDs. It would be a great tool to share with churches.

  3. Dana June 26, 2010

    Thank for this insight into our children’s day. Makes me wonder about my young man in Project 805 in Kenya.

  4. Sara Benson March 30, 2010

    Thanks for the link! I was not aware of that, I just had been searching through the blogs and trying to find posts from that day.

  5. Chris Giovagnoni March 30, 2010


    Are you looking at the Compassion Bloggers photos on Flickr?

    The description for each photo lists the center the photo is associated with. But you may already know this.

    Are you scouring the videos and other blog post at compassionbloggers.com?

  6. Sara Benson March 30, 2010

    Thank you so much for reporting on how the Compassion project works at this center. I just realized that my sponsored boy Koileken attends this center!! I have only received three letters from him so far so I am happy to learn more about his center and to see photos. I have not found him in any of the photos, but I will keep looking!
    Thank you!!

  7. Chris Giovagnoni March 29, 2010


    The benefits the children receive from the sponsorship program are the same, regardless of the child’s age. They’re the same in that all the children receive age-appropriate instruction in these four main areas: spiritual, cognitive, physical and socio-emotional.

    When I say they’re the same I don’t mean to suggest the benefits are static. A child doesn’t learn the same thing every year, over and over.

    For example, a four-year old won’t be learning about puberty, but he or she would learn about the importance of dental hygiene.

    The activity schedule described in this post applies to all the children at this center. When the older children are in class, the younger children are too. When the older children are on break or are at lunch, the younger children are too.

    1. vivian bonsall December 20, 2010

      Chris:I sponser a 4 year old in Bangladesh. How can I find out if she lives in an area where the family could own a cow or chickens.also is there a way I can get an updated picture? I am fairly new [6 months] as a sponsor and want to do as much as I can and as much as I am allowed. Thanks: Vivian

      1. Chris Giovagnoni December 20, 2010


        The best way to get definitive answers regarding your child’s situation is to speak with someone in our contact center (800-336-7676). Having said that, I know that cows, chickens and goats are appropriate gifts for children in Bangladesh.

        If you want to give a gift specifically for your child, you should do so online, via the My Account section of compassion.com, or by speaking with a Sponsor Relations Representative in our contact center.

        In Bangladesh, $10 can buy a chicken, $25 a goat and $100 a cow.

        This blog post, Giving a Gift to Your Sponsored Child, can help answer a lot of your questions about sending something to your child. The post was written by someone in our contact center.

        You can also check out the gift giving FAQ on compassion.com for more information.

        If you want a copy of the most current photo we have of your child, you can ask someone in our contact center to send some. We have various sizes you can choose from and you can get more than one, if you like.

        The representative can also tell you when your child is scheduled to have a new photo taken. Photos are updated once every two years.

        You can also see when your child’s information, including photo, was last updated by logging into My Account. It’s in the Child Information section, which is found in the left-hand navigation menu.

        Let me know if I can help you in any other way.

  8. Heather March 29, 2010

    What about the children 3-8 years old. What do they get out of a sponsorship?

  9. Leigh March 15, 2010

    This is incredible. It’s great to see what actually goes on at a child development center. Would love to see more videos like this. =)

  10. Erika March 9, 2010

    Praise God, so truly awesome.

  11. Amy Wallace March 8, 2010

    Great video! I hope to go to Kenya someday to visit the boy I sponsor there.

  12. Kees Boer March 6, 2010

    This video brings tears to my eyes. It’s wonderful!

  13. Caitlin March 6, 2010

    That teacher really must be commended for her ability to pull the kids attention back to the lesson even with such the exciting distraction of foreigners sitting in the back of classroom. And she did it without very stern words. I’m impressed.

  14. Brian Smith March 6, 2010

    I love the way the children are curious about you and what you’re doing. a wonderful look into the children’s study. Thank you

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