The latest (June 2013) issue of Christianity Today magazine features a compelling article on the effectiveness of child sponsorship programs. The article was written by Bruce Wydick, professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, who oversaw a full-fledged, scientific study of the impact of Compassion International’s child sponsorship program.
The results of the research? Compassion sponsorship works. Specifically, sponsorship results in significantly better educational outcomes for children and greater likelihood of occupational success and advancement in adulthood. In addition, sponsored children are more likely to grow up to be leaders in their churches and communities. Most importantly, sponsorship provides hope. Sponsored children have higher aspirations and expectations for their future than non-sponsored children.
The article explains the entire research process, which included several follow-up studies, and unpacks the results. (As of this posting, the article is not available online but Christianity Today typically posts articles on its web site several weeks after publication of the print magazine.)
Simply put, Compassion sponsorship gives children both the capacity, and a higher view of their capacity, to facilitate positive change. “Along with providing some basic resources that allow children to progress farther in school, the child-development approach advocated by Compassion appears to get under the hood of human beings to instill aspirations, character formation, and spiritual direction,” writes Wydick.
All this for only $38 per month — significantly less than the cost of one frappuccino per day. If you are not currently sponsoring a child through Compassion, please consider this tremendous opportunity. The data is in, and it proves that child sponsorship truly works.