Why Is My Sponsored Child Wearing That?

04/09/14

As you hang the photo of your sponsored child on your fridge you might wonder, is my child happy and healthy? By looking at this photo, what can you learn about your child from the clothes she is wearing? Here are answers to some questions you might have:

 
Why isn’t my sponsored child wearing shoes in my photo? 
Before your child entered the Children of the Nations (COTN) sponsorship program, she lacked many basic things like food, soap, and shoes. Your support helps provide each child with a pair of shoes, but in most cases this is the first or only pair of shoes your child has ever owned. Your child might be afraid of getting her shoes dirty. Her parents may have told her to only wear her shoes for special occasions. Or, your child might prefer the feel of bare feet to the confines of shoes!
 
many children who are accustomed to going barefoot choose to only wear their sho
Your sponsorship provides your child with shoes to protect their feet. But many children who are accustomed to going barefoot choose to only wear their shoes on certain occasions. 
 
Why is my child dressed so poorly? Isn’t he being taken care of? 
You didn’t expect to see your child in fancy clothes, but you did want to see him wearing a clean shirt without holes! Don’t worry. Your support provides your child with important items like clothing and soap. However, your child doesn’t wear his best clothes all the time. And he doesn’t always know ahead of time when his picture will be taken. He may have been in the middle of doing chores or playing with the other children when he was pulled aside for a picture. It might have been laundry day!
 
Your sponsored child doesn’t always know ahead of time that his picture is going
Your sponsored child doesn’t always know ahead of time that his picture is going to be taken. He may not have a chance to change into nice clothes after doing chores or playing.
 
Why is my child dressed so nicely? Does she really need my help? 
If your child did know it was picture day, she’ll want to look her very best for you. This is her chance to shine and show you how well she is doing thanks to your support. She’ll probably wear her Sunday-best, which could be a dress borrowed from a friend. Which brings us to your next question.
 
When your child is expecting to have her photo taken, she’ll usually dress up
                 When your child is expecting to have her photo taken, she’ll usually dress up for the occasion.
 
Why does my child wear the same clothes as other children? 
You suddenly realize your child is wearing the same outfit as the other children around him. There could be a few reasons for that. Organizations from all over help to clothe the children by donating leftover event T-shirts and jerseys that all look the same. Sometimes Venture Teams leave clothes as well. Other times, children may choose to share a favorite shirt or dress. And don’t forget, the children are required to wear uniforms to school.
 
These children proudly wear their green shirts
These children proudly wear their green shirts, a gift from the Summit Church Venture Team, as a reminder of the day they learned valuable lessons about God and themselves.
 
You can change a life by sponsoring a child. Become a sponsor today!