When we talk about “releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name”, it’s not just an idea. It’s something that is happening in the real-life stories of the over 2.1 million children currently registered in Compassion’s program. And it’s something that has happened in the real-life stories of our alumni—they’ve been released from poverty into lives of promise and purpose. Here are 8 inspiring stories of Compassion alumni.

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1. Healthcare hero: Dr. Jose Piña, Dominican Republic

Jose sits at his desk wearing a doctor's uniform.

“Compassion gave me the best things I’ve ever had. They gave me love, hope and the opportunity to dream and overcome.”

Read Jose’s story

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2. A Compassion love story: Cres and Sheryl, Philippines

A portrait of Cres and Sheryl

“We share our story with young people whenever given the chance. We want to inspire the youth and show them that a godly relationship is possible.”

Read their story

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3. Moving forward after genocide: Jeannette, Rwanda

Jeannette in a white lab coat, arranges medicine on the shelf at the pharmacy.

Genocide was a defining moment in Jeannette’s past, but she was determined not to let it define her future.

Read Jeannette’s story

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4. From sponsored child to National Director: Tony Beltran, Dominican Republic

A before and after photo of Tony

“We know that God is not only bringing his story full circle, but is using him to bring change and hope to the lives of thousands of children!”

Read Tony’s story

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5. Investing in youth: Octa, Indonesia

Octa stands teaching a class of youth.

“I allow [the youth] to know me, so they may learn from my life—I share my dreams with hope that they may grasp the importance of having a dream.”

Read Octa’s story

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6. Justice for the poor: John, Uganda

A portrait of John

As a child, John’s family fell victim to land theft. This sparked something in John—a determination to prove that justice is for the poor. John decided to become a lawyer.

Read John’s story

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7. Peacemaking in a region of violence: Adam, Philippines

A young man standing outside on a street smiles, wearing a white T-shirt.

“I believe Compassion has released me from poverty in Jesus’ name and now I am ready to give back to those who are in need.”

Read Adam’s story

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8. Policewoman breaking barriers: Miriam, Kenya

Miriam is pictured here in her uniform - a camoflauge top and green pants. She is wearing a hat. She is smilimg at the camera and saluting, and there are trees in the background.

“In a country where the police force is marred in corruption, I want to be a morally upright and just officer of the law, to protect and serve all citizens without compromise.”

Read Miriam’s story

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Ever wonder what Compassion alumni think of Compassion’s program? Read their perspectives in the Summer 2020 issue of Compassion Magazine!

Written by: Alyssa Esparaz

Alyssa brings her passion for youth, justice and Jesus to her role of Writer and Communicator at Compassion Canada, as she works to inspire and equip the Church to live compassionate lifestyles. Her favourite things in the world include her family, basketball, ice cream and riding on airplanes.