Former Sponsored Children – where are they now?



What happens to former sponsored children? One of the things people contemplating sponsorship of a child in a developing country want to know is: DOES IT WORK? Or less politely, IS IT A SCAM? Okay, I admit it. I did, too. Especially when some of the people around you look at you like you’re a couple of flower pots short of a garden. You’re thinking about sending money for what…?!

Research suggests that sponsorship DOES actually release children from extreme poverty. But don’t take their word for it. Come and meet some former sponsored children and judge for yourself. Does it always work? Possibly not. But many former sponsored children have gone on to receive university degrees and then returned to help their communities, or are now sponsoring their own children.





Yoseline Gomez was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice in the Dominican Republic.

Margaret Makokha was sworn in to the Parliament in Uganda.

Beguens Theus was sworn in to the National Assembly of Haiti.




Tony Morales from Dominican Republic, Michelle Tolentino from the Philippines and Richmond Wandera from Uganda all graduated with degrees from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago and returned home to serve their countries. While still a student, Richmond Wandera also founded PDN Africa (Pastor’s Discipleship Network) and is now fulfilling his dream to equip pastors and further the Gospel in Africa.




Jimmy Wambua from Kenya sponsored his own little girl from Haiti. This video shares that emotional visit. Later, in front of a large audience, Jimmy received an unexpected and wonderful surprise himself when he met his own former sponsor for the very first time. Everyone had a total meltdown. Grab the tissues before watching this one.

Hategekimana Laurent from Rwanda graduated as a dental therapist and is now giving back to his community by helping other children.

Lillian Nakabiri, an orphan who once thought she was useless, is now working for Compassion Uganda and is an inspiring example of how sponsorship can change lives.

Moses Mbonigaba became a Leadership Development Program Specialist for Compassion Rwanda.

Reji Victor (link removed) completed a Bachelor Degree in botany before becoming a Compassion Project Coordinator in India. His brother became a government employee in the Kerala Legislature Secretariat.

Compassion Development Centres under the leadership of former sponsored child, Elissaint Jean Jacques, provided an oasis in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

Sony Fleurancier received a degree in civil engineering and used those skills to help rebuild schools in Haiti to international seismic standards.

A missionary doctor from Haiti commented, “Nearly all of the nurses in my hospital are formerly sponsored kids.”

Many formerly sponsored children on La Gonave (Haiti); a doctor, several nurses, teachers, translators and child development center workers… It is clear that Compassion is making a huge impact in many ways.”

Wesly from Haiti, and Innocent from Uganda are both determined to give back and be positive agents for change in their countries (link broken).




Maureen Owino (now Maureen Kaderi) opened Mercy House to help pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya and offering them alternatives to prostitution. They raise funds through the sale of gift/craft items with assistance from a family in America, and have already built two homes in Kenya.

Yamsuk from Thailand became a micro-lender in his community, giving back to those in need.

Joshua from the slums of Kenya is now researching for a cure for malaria. “It’s my dream to develop a vaccine against malaria and to make it available to the poor.” His brother died because it took the doctors too long to figure out what kind of disease he had.




Many formerly sponsored children become passionate advocates for sponsorship.

Paul Omondi graduated from university with a degree in community development before starting work in Kenya as a volunteer at his local child development center. He is now a voice for the voiceless, speaking on behalf of children living in poverty.

Fekadu (also known as Kyle) from Ethiopia translated letters for Compassion and was a guide for sponsors when they visited. He now has his own guide business.

Anita Charles from India graduated from university with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and became a wife, mom, software engineer, volunteer Compassion advocate, Project Manager at Our Daily Bread Ministries (USA) and also leads the missions team in her church.

Sarah Jane from the Philippines is a medical doctor. Jonathan is an accounts manager in New York. Bobby is a successful international businessman. Erla is now a missionary to China. Keewani is now a sponsor herself.

Jean Chery from Haiti holds two masters degrees in engineering, is married and now lives in the USA. He writes about his sponsors, ‘The Lutheran Ladies made a world of a difference in my life. One of the most important things they did for me is that they inspired me. Not only did they provide me with a tangible demonstration of the love of Christ and how it can impact someone’s life, but they also inspired me to help others as they have helped me.’




“. . . children who participated in Compassion’s holistic child development through sponsorship program stayed in school longer, were more likely to have salaried or white-collar employment and were more likely to be leaders in their communities and churches than their peers who did not participate in the program.” Source (2013)

Where Compassion first started in South Korea, they are now a country of sponsors! Their grateful hand up is now a hand up to others. Are you part of this incredible miracle? You can be… and don’t forget who the miracles belong to. When you write to your sponsored child, tell them…





Tell them about Jesus!



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