(RNS) — Compassion International encourages people to “Sponsor a child today!” — donating a small monthly amount to help a child in poverty go to school or receive medical care.

Child sponsorship, says the Colorado Springs-based nonprofit, helps children stay in school and provides them with medical care, nutritious food and mentoring in a local church.

Donors are also “personally connected with a boy or girl who will know your name and treasure the thought

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