Does International Child Sponsorship Work?

child-sponsorshipJoe Carter helpfully summarizes a peer-reviewed, independent study on the viability of international child sponsorship led by Bruce Wydick, professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco. Key findings:

  • Former Compassion sponsored children stay in school 1 to 1.5 years longer than their non-sponsored peers (In Uganda, the numbers are much higher—2.4 years). An extra year of schooling could have long-lasting impact on a child’s future employment possibilities as an adult.
  • Former Compassion sponsored children were 27-40 percent more likely to finish secondary education than those who were not enrolled in the child sponsorship program.
  • Former Compassion sponsored children were 50-80 percent more likely to complete a university education than non-sponsored children.
  • As adults, former Compassion sponsored children were 14-18 percent more likely to have salaried employment than their non-sponsored peers.
  • As adults, former Compassion sponsored children were roughly 35 percent more likely to secure white-collar employment than their non-sponsored peers.
  • Former Compassion sponsored children were 30-75 percent more likely to become community leaders as adults than their non-sponsored peers.
  • Former Compassion sponsored children were 40-70 percent more likely to become church leaders as adults than their non-sponsored peers.

Read more from Carter. Also, Christianity Today has published a lengthy article by Professor Wydick on his team’s investigation.

2 Responses to “Does International Child Sponsorship Work?”

  1. Elijah June 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Nice to see stats back up why we sponsor Compassion kids. But reading further down, Carter gets into my main purpose in giving, what I would claim is the foundation for the positive stats listed above:

    “Wydick adds that the former sponsored children cited the spiritual and character-building aspects of the program as one of the most beneficial aspects.”

    • Alex Chediak June 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Indeed. Thanks for the observation. True in this country and throughout the world.

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