Sponsor with Compassion

Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program gives children the skills and
opportunities to overcome poverty.
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  • Country: Mexico
  • D.O.B: October 20, 2006
  • Age: 11

  • Gender: Boy
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  • D.O.B: July 2, 2012
  • Age: 6

  • Gender: Girl
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  • Country: Honduras
  • D.O.B: October 9, 2014
  • Age: 3

  • Gender: Boy
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  • D.O.B: March 21, 2008
  • Age: 10

  • Gender: Girl
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Meet Vicente Ruiz Ruiz
Vicente is 11 years old and lives in Mexico.
ME9850229 | Days Waiting: 186
Country: Mexico
Birthday: October 20, 2006 (11 years old)
Gender: Boy

Vicente lives with his mother and father. Vicente's mother is not employed. Vicente's father is sometimes employed. His occupation is: Agriculture / Farmer. Vicente has a sibling living in the household. Vicente helps with the following duties at home: Child Care, Gathers Firewood, Running Errands.Vicente's favourite activities and interests include: Ball Games, Marbles, Soccer or Football.Activities that Vicente enjoys through the church are: Bible Class, Choir. Vicente attends school. He is in the equivalent of grade 6.Vicente's favourite subject is social studies. His performance in school is average.Vicente's family lives in the area of Pantelhó in Mexico.

Vicente's Country Details

Mexico has been home to advanced civilizations-including the Olmec, Maya, Toltec, and Aztec-for thousands of years. When Cortez conquered Mexico in 1521, he destroyed a flourishing Aztec civilization. Mexico won independence in 1911, but turmoil and a revolution preceded the constitution of 1917. Social discontent rocked the country during the 1960s and 1970s, especially with rising urbanization and unemployment. In 1994, Indians in Chiapas revolted, demanding economic and political reform; and currency devaluation produced near economic collapse. Inflation and recession continue to plague Mexico, and the government has been charged with corruption involving drug dealers.

Marked by sharp class and social divisions, Mexicans typically treasure family and traditional values. Graciousness in conversation and other communication is highly regarded, and relationships take precedence over other matters. About 80 percent of Mexicans are mestizos-descended from both Spanish and Indian ancestors. Nearly 90 percent speak Spanish and are Roman Catholic.

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Compassion’s ministry is focused on what we call holistic child development. This means developing children in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships while discovering God’s love for them in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How does sponsorship help kids?

Formal and non-formal educational opportunitiesCompassion assists children with their primary school education and gives opportunities to attend secondary school, as well as providing vocational training opportunities and extra-curricular activities such as sports, field trips, music and computer training.
Health care, hygiene training and supplementary foodKids get a healthy snack or meal when they attend program activities, receive regular health check-ups, and learn how to take care of their bodies and form healthy relationships.
Age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleshipChildren are introduced to the good news of how God has shown his love for the world by sending Jesus Christ and how this good news changes everything in our lives.
Personal attention, guidance and loveChildren are cared for and invested in by members of their own communities, who encourage them to discover their unique gifts, passions and abilities. Their sponsors also play an important role in this through their prayers and letters.

Why do you work with local churches?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they can best understand and respond to the challenges in their communities. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need. We equip our local church partners with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty. Each church is empowered to implement the program in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve.

Do kids need to be Christian to be in Compassion’s program?

Compassion helps people in a way that protects their dignity as human beings made in the image of God. That’s why we accept people of all faiths into our programs and don’t require or coerce them to change. However, ending poverty requires dealing with every aspect of people’s beings—including telling them about God’s love for them in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn More

Does child development really work?

You bet! According to independent research, Compassion kids are:
  • 27–40 per cent more likely to finish secondary education;
  • about 35 per cent more likely to have white collar employment as adults; and
  • 40–70 per cent more likely to become church leaders
…than their unsponsored peers. When you sponsor with Compassion, you are making a significant and long-term difference to your child’s future!

At Compassion, we take financial stewardship seriously.

This year, 85.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefitting the children we serve, and 14.3 per cent for fundraising and administrative expenses. As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the Better Business Bureau of Canada, Compassion is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This commitment goes beyond Canada. For 13 consecutive years, Charity Navigator has awarded Compassion International its highest rating — four-stars — for responsible financial management.

Today, children around the world are discovering that poverty doesn’t have to be their future. Help one more do the same by sponsoring with Compassion!