What is Sponsorship Plus?

May 3, 2016 4:39 pm

Child sponsorship provides a holistic development program for individual children; however Compassion acknowledges that external circumstances can have a significant impact in preventing a child from reaching his or her potential. Because Compassion does not use sponsorship funds for community development activities, Sponsorship Plus provides the perfect opportunity for supporters to not only sponsor a child, but also to sow into additional programs and initiatives that combine with the benefits of child sponsorship to break the poverty cycle.

Sponsorship Plus is an extra $10 a month in addition to Basic Sponsorship.

You may like to find out what the extra $10 is used for.

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Funds raised from the Gifts of Compassion catalogue are used to support Compassion’s Response Programs. Should excess funds be raised in a particular area, we will meet other urgent needs as they arise.

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The gifts shown in the Gifts of Compassion catalogue are linked to specific initiatives being supported through our Respond with Compassion programs. While we will not be able to name the individual or family that benefits from your donation, we will be reporting on all these initiatives as they are completed at the field.

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While gifts can be ordered year-round, if you require gift cards for Christmas, we recommend you make your order by December 10th. Electronic cards are available at any time for download through the website. Please allow at least 10 business days for your card to arrive.

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Compassion believes that poverty is best addressed through the transformation of the individual child. Compassion is delighted to help you send special gifts to your sponsored child. We do not mail packages, because parcel delivery in developing countries is unreliable and expensive. Instead, we encourage you to send a monetary gift to your child to purchase an appropriate gift locally. You can also send monetary gifts for a specific family or project. Gifts for your child can mark special occasions such as birthdays and graduation. Most children write to thank their sponsors and say what they have purchased. Compassion Canada forwards 100 percent of the sum you donate to the child, family or project you designate. If you have a specific gift in mind, you can mention it to us and we will pass your suggestion along. Local project staff assist children and their families to ensure that funds are used appropriately.

You can also help by supporting Respond with Compassion programs. These programs address issues that our Child Development program alone cannot, such as providing disaster relief, AIDS intervention, clean water and more. These programs are funded separately from the Child Development program. You can do this by adding a monthly donation to Sponsorship Plus. Please contact our office to do so. You can also donate to a Respond wth Compassion program online.

To give a child, family or project gift – click here!

To learn more about Respond with Compassion programs or to give to a program- click here!

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Can I put my sponsorship on hold?

October 9, 2015 3:58 pm

Compassion deeply appreciates the faithful emotional and financial support you give to your sponsored child. In today’s uncertain economic times your support and commitment become even more critical as our sponsored children and their families living in extreme poverty are hit even harder by the global recession and food crisis. Because we understand that sometimes personal or financial circumstances can make that monthly financial commitment very difficult for you, Compassion has various options available to assist you that can be customized according to your individual needs and financial circumstances. If you are experiencing difficulties and feel you might benefit from one of our options for sponsorship assistance or you would like to find out more, please contact our office..

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We know that sponsored children treasure their sponsor’s letters and many children read the letters repeatedly. We also know that some sponsors struggle to know what and how to write to their child. Your letters do not need to be long and you do not need to write more than three or four times a year but please do write. You can use our special writing paper or write online ( www.compassion.ca/write ).

Some hints that we hope will help are:

Keep your letters simple and not too long.
Talk about your family and ask about theirs.
You could share about your interests or hobbies.
If you have pets, let your child know. They may have an animal too.
Do you have a garden? Many children are involved in growing some form of crops.
Share favourite Bible verses. Your faith is something you have in common.
Ask clear questions. This helps you get to know your child and helps them know what to write to you.
Occasional photographs and postcards add interest, and give something else to talk about in the letters.
Remind your child that you are praying for them.
Your letters are your personal, emotional giving to your child. Let them know that you love and value them.

Here are some resources to give you more ideas

1.    You Can Copy These Sample Letters!

       What Can I Share in Letters to My Sponsored Child?

       10 Motivating Reasons to Write Your Child

 20 Letter-Writing Prompts About Food and Your Local Church

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To set up your My Compassion account, visit https://my.compassion.ca and click “Sign Up”.

Enter your Supporter Number. Your supporter number is on every piece of correspondence you receive from Compassion Canada. Your number appears below the barcode attached to letters from your sponsored child, and beside your name on the letter writing paper included with every child letter (on the right side of the page). Your number may start with CA, usually followed by seven to eight digits and may include a dash. Remove the CA and the dash and enter all the digits and click “validate.”

You will receive a validation email that will provide you with a link. When you click the link (or copy it into the address bar of your web browser), you will be taken to a page that automatically verifies your account. Create your own password and enter your Supporter Number one last time and you have completed creating an account!

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Where can I find my supporter number?

April 28, 2014 4:15 pm

Your supporter number is on every piece of correspondence you receive from Compassion Canada. Your number appears below the barcode attached to letters from your sponsored child, and beside your name on the letter writing paper included with every child letter (on the right side of the page).

Your number may start with CA, usually followed by seven to eight digits.

You can also view this information through your MyCompassion account

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Can I add a photo to my letter?

April 28, 2014 4:08 pm
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Absolutely! Just above and to the left of the box where you can type out your letter to your sponsored child there is an “Upload a Photo” button. Use it to select the photo to add to your letter. Once you are ready to send the letter with the photo off to your sponsored child, just click on the “Send Letter” button at the bottom right of the box.

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You are welcome to send a family gift of $40 to $1000 per year. The project staff will talk with the child and family to help them to spend your gift in the wisest way, with the best long-term improvement for the family. This will often be a business opportunity, such as a food stall or livestock. If you would rather specify that your sponsored child’s family use your gift for income-earning, you can simply ask us to attach a Gift Instruction to your gift. However, gifts are more effective when the child and family are free to use them for their greatest need.

To send a gift online click here or call our Contact Centre at 1-800-563-5437

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Children are required to write to their sponsors a minimum of two letters a year. If there is something wrong with your sponsored child, we will contact you. If it has been 6 months since you have received a letter, please contact our office. We may have an undeliverable address for you and have been unable to send your sponsored child’s letters through to you.

You can reach us by phone at 1-800-563-5437 or by email at info@compassion.ca

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Compassion aims to reach as many families as possible. Typically, only one child from a family will attend a project. The parents will choose which child is registered. However, if the family has great needs up to three children may be enrolled. The benefits of the program reach the whole family through interaction with staff, health screening, nutritional advice and supplies, parenting workshops and other church activities. Sponsored children often share what they learn at the Compassion project with siblings and many lead their entire families to Christ. As well as supporting your sponsored child and their family through prayer, as a sponsor you are able to send financial gifts to your sponsored child’s family.

Check out this story!

http://blog.compassion.com/one-child-sponsorship-helps-an-entire-family/

 

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You should receive a letter from your sponsored child acknowledging your gift and how the gift money was used. Please remember that each letter may take up to two months for translation and delivery. Please check the date of your child’s letter to work out whether he or she would have received your gift before they last wrote back to you. Many times, the children aren’t writing to you on the same day that they receive your gift. Instead, they reply on a scheduled day when all the children at the project write to their sponsors. They may be writing back some weeks or even a month after they receive your gift, so they may not remember whether to acknowledge what you have sent them. Compassion is working on a process to ensure that every child acknowledges every gift they receive from their sponsor.

If you are in doubt whether your sponsored child has received your gift, you are welcome to write and ask or contact our office so we can follow-up on this gift on your behalf. We can be reached at 1-800-563-5437 or through email at info@compassion.ca

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Due to the limitations of customs regulations, only paper items can be sent to sponsored children. Items made of paper up to 8.5″ by 11″ and up to .25″ thick can be sent on. Compassion cannot send on or return gifts that do not fall within these guidelines. If you would like to bless your child in other ways, please send a financial gift, which your child can use to purchase something they really need. Your money will go a lot further in the countries where we work and it will help stimulate the local economy.

Examples of what you can send in the mail include: photos, greeting cards, stickers, bookmarks, postcards, colouring pages, booklets, small calendars, scripture cards, decorative writing paper, paper dolls, and paper planes.

Items which we cannot send include: pencils, crayons, balloons, gum, jewelry, candy, magnets, clothes, toys, seeds, etc.

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An online letter (without a photo attached) will be received by the office in that country quicker. Online letters are received daily, formatted and then sent in an email to the Compassion office in each country. They are then translated and printed. As projects are often very remote, the head office will wait until they have received a reasonable number of letters before they are delivered to a particular project. A member of staff will then hand deliver them as mail systems can be very erratic and unreliable. Many sponsored children do not have a postal address in the way that we do in Canada. Please be assured that we will do our best to make sure that your letter will arrive as soon as possible. The exchange of letters is a crucial element of sponsorship and it is an area we are constantly working to improve.

Online letters with photos are printed at the Compassion Canada office so as to ensure the quality of the printed photos. These letters then follow our regular letter process.

To send a letter to your sponsored child through our website click here.

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