People often ask me what happens to siblings of sponsored children that are not sponsored through Compassion. My answer is that everyone in the family benefits from the sponsorship, and it’s true. Families take great joy in reading letters from the sponsor. The parents are able to attend classes on parenting, nutrition and health. Children share what they’re learning with others, and often bring food home to siblings. Sometimes they share what they have with their whole neighborhood, as far as it will go. I know one young man from Africa who tore up paper and broke pencils in pieces to share with others, since he was the only one in school (besides the teacher) with paper and pencils (due to his sponsorship). Children in developing countries usually love to share, and they celebrate with those who have special opportunities, such as receiving a letter from their sponsor, attending school, or having access to health care.
But yes, there are many children that are not being sponsored, and families who do not have even one child sponsored. Does Compassion’s ministry benefit them as well? Yes, take a look at the following video. In addition, entire communities benefit from sponsored children who grow up to become leaders in their society–teachers, health professionals, engineers, politicians and more. Compassion’s ministry has a huge impact on their communities, far beyond what we can even imagine. Watch to see how this entire community benefited from the Compassion center.