Sponsor with Compassion

Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program gives children the skills and
opportunities to overcome poverty.
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  • Country: Ethiopia
  • D.O.B: May 25, 2008
  • Age: 10

  • Gender: Girl
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  • Country: Ghana
  • D.O.B: May 8, 2000
  • Age: 18

  • Gender: Boy
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  • Country: Nicaragua
  • D.O.B: March 30, 2005
  • Age: 13

  • Gender: Girl
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  • Country: Rwanda
  • D.O.B: August 26, 2001
  • Age: 16

  • Gender: Girl
Portrait of Selamawit Markos
Meet Selamawit Markos
Selamawit is 10 years old and lives in Ethiopia.
ET5880030 | Days Waiting: 157
Country: Ethiopia
Birthday: May 25, 2008 (10 years old)
Gender: Girl

Selamawit lives with her mother and father. Selamawit's mother is not employed. Her occupation is: Homemaker. Selamawit's father is sometimes employed. His occupation is: Day Labor / Different Jobs. Selamawit has siblings living in the household. Selamawit helps with the following duties at home: Buying Or Selling In Market.Selamawit's favourite activities and interests include: Group Games, Hide and Seek, Jump Rope.Activities that Selamawit enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church. Selamawit attends school. She is in the equivalent of grade 1.Selamawit's favourite subject is language, science. Her performance in school is average.Selamawit's family lives in the area of Wolayita in Ethiopia.

Selamawit's Country Details

Ethiopia, a republic in northeastern Africa, shares boundaries with five other countries. Most of the country is a high plateau capped by mountains. Lowland deserts surround the plateau. Ethiopia's population is diverse, with more than 70 ethnic groups. Eighty percent of the people support themselves through subsistence farming in the central plateau region. Major religions include Christianity, Islam, and animism. Amharic is the country's official language.

Known as Abyssinia until recently, Ethiopia was ruled by a powerful kingdom in the first centuries A.D. In the fifteenth century, a Coptic Christian empire and a monarchy were established. After the 1500s, Ethiopia became a number of small kingdoms, which were reunified in the 1880s. Emperor Haile Selassie took Ethiopia's throne in 1931. Since he was dethroned in 1974, the country has experienced political instability and several forms of government. In 1995 the country became the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

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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!