Thousands of you have become child sponsors over the past year. To each of you — thank you for keeping children from going to bed hungry.
You may already know the 5 Myths of Child Sponsorship, but do you know what child sponsorship does for kids over the long-term?
When you sponsor a child:
- You help her become the hero in her fight to escape the cycle of poverty, and you also uplift her entire community.
- You help pay for his school fees, life-saving preventative medicine, and access to safe, clean drinking water.
- You remove the insecurity of not knowing when she will eat next.
Awesome, right? But there’s so much more! You can transform a child’s life far beyond his or her physical needs in one very simply way — by writing a letter!
When you exchange simple letters with your sponsored child, you give them a powerful gift that transcends surface needs. I’ve taken many sponsors to visit their sponsored children. They have very few possessions, but in every case, the child had the letters and pictures they received from their sponsor right next to their bed. Children love hearing from their sponsor!
Many years before he became the President of Compassion International, Wes Stafford set out to prove that letter writing between sponsor and child was a worthless exercise. He actually did his doctoral thesis on the impact of sponsored children’s letter writing on the children in order to prove that it made little difference to and on them.
But instead, he found that children who exchanged letters with their sponsor:
- Received better grades in school
- Completed more years of school
- Were healthier
- Had a better outlook on life
- Had a higher percentage of positive outcomes in life after graduating from the sponsorship program
It’s quite simple, really. Children who receive regular letters from their sponsor do better at school, at home and in their community because those letters show that somebody loves them. They feel seen, heard and important to their sponsor. Knowing someone cares how they are doing boosts their energy and ability to fight for a better life for themselves.
To know and to be known — it’s a powerful resource for a child fighting hunger. Write to your sponsored child today!