We hope you’ve enjoyed our four-part blog series discussing the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical impacts that sponsorship has on a child’s development.  

Tearfund and our partner Compassion, use a holistic child development approach to our sponsorship programme. This may sound complicated, but it is a key concept of our ministry.  

It means we don’t simply respond to poverty by handing out food or Bibles. Instead, we seek to develop children in all the different aspects of their lives including their minds, bodies and relationships. We also aim to equip local churches to share the love of Jesus with them. 

You may be thinking, sure, that sounds great in theory, but how does that work? 

Compassion’s child sponsorship programme is church-driven, where we work in partnership with local churches to minister to children in every aspect of their lives. Working with local churches is best suited to address the needs of the children in its community. Through sponsorship, they receive age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship at their local church and educational opportunities. They also receive healthcare, supplementary food, personal attention, guidance, and love. 

Does-sponsorship-lift-children-out-of-poverty2.jpg Sponsored children are 50-80% more likely than non-sponsored children to complete a university education.

In 2008, a two-year study was conducted throughout six nations of Compassion's child sponsorship programme. The study’s focus was to determine the impact of sponsorship on children who were part of Compassion’s programme, compared to children who were not sponsored. Dr. Bruce Wydick and his colleagues concluded that Compassion’s programme had significant impacts on the educational, employment and leadership outcomes for children. For example, he found they were 35% more likely to secure white-collar employment as adults than their non-sponsored peers. He also found that 30-75% of sponsored children are more likely to become community leaders and 50-80% are more likely to complete a university education.  


You see, we believe in the importance of short-term relief and long-term development. We know that by working through churches that are in the same communities as the children we serve, children have the opportunity to be known, loved, protected and walked alongside as they grow through the years. 

In a time such as Covid-19, we have also provided immediate relief to children and families. This includes providing urgently needed food, hygiene kits and medical care.  

If you missed any of our previous in-depth blogs on this subject of Compassion’s unique holistic sponsorship model and the way we help children develop in every area of their lives, click the links below. 

How does sponsorship help a child’s mental development?

How does sponsorship help a child’s emotional development? 

How does sponsorship help a child’s spiritual development? 

How does sponsorship help a child’s physical development?

 

 

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