Sponsor with Compassion

Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program gives children the skills and
opportunities to overcome poverty.
Days Waiting
child portrait


  • Country: Brazil
  • D.O.B: June 11, 2010
  • Age: 8

  • Gender: Boy
Days Waiting
child portrait


  • Country: Indonesia
  • D.O.B: July 20, 2012
  • Age: 6

  • Gender: Boy
Days Waiting
child portrait


  • Country: Tanzania
  • D.O.B: May 9, 2017
  • Age: 1

  • Gender: Boy
Days Waiting
child portrait


  • Country: Indonesia
  • D.O.B: August 10, 2017
  • Age: 1

  • Gender: Boy
Portrait of Carlos Henryque da Penha Fernandes
Meet Carlos Henryque da Penha Fernandes
Armandinho is 8 years old and lives in Brazil.
BR5020199 | Days Waiting: 119
Country: Brazil
Birthday: June 11, 2010 (8 years old)
Gender: Boy

Armandinho lives with his mother and father. Armandinho's mother is not employed. Her occupation is: Homemaker. Armandinho's father is regularly employed. His occupation is: Unknown. Armandinho has a sibling living in the household. Armandinho helps with the following duties at home: Running Errands.Armandinho's favourite activities and interests include: Art or Drawing, Ball Games, Bicycling, Group Games, Hide and Seek, Listening to stories, Marbles, Music, Musical Instrument, Running.Activities that Armandinho enjoys through the church are: Vacation Bible School. At the compassion centre Armandinho's favourite activities are: Dancing and / or Drama, Doing Arts & Crafts, Going on Field Trips / Excursions, Learning about God, Listening to Bible Stories, Playing Games, Singing Songs, Snack / Meal Time, Spending Time with Friends. Armandinho attends school. He is in the equivalent of grade 2.Armandinho's favourite subject is art, history, math. His performance in school is average.Armandinho's family lives in the area of Lago da Pedra in Brazil.

Armandinho's Country Details

Encompassing the Amazon River basin, Brazil is the fifth-largest country in the world in terms of land mass. About 90 percent of its population lives on 10 percent of the land, a 200-mile tropical zone bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

In addition to Indians, the country is home to Portuguese, Africans brought to Brazil as slaves, and European and oriental groups that have settled here in the last century. The national language is Portuguese, but the well-educated also speak English. Ninety-three percent of Brazilians are Catholic.

Originally inhabited by indigenous people, Brazil was claimed by Portugal as a colony in 1500. Portuguese rule lasted until 1822, when the colony declared its independence and established an independent monarchy. The monarchy ruled until 1889, when Brazil became a republic. The new republic adopted a federative system of government, which it still maintains. Since 1995, when Fernando Henrique Cardoso became president, the country has seen a decline in the rate of inflation and has enjoyed sustained economic growth.

African children playing

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.

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Compassion Canada is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This year, 84.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefiting the children we serve, and 15.3 per cent for support services.

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!