Nearly 4,000 Canadians linked arms this Christmas season with the global church to bring change and hope to children in poverty through our annual Gifts of Compassion campaign.

You gave, fundraised, advocated and prayed—raising more than 1.1 million dollars to make sure children in poverty received gifts that were practical, desperately needed and completely life-changing.

You put your love in overdrive.

Want to see what the love of thousands of Canadians looks like in action?

Here’s just a peek:


Canadians’ 2018 Gifts of Compassion impact


735 textbooks


234 cows


1,343 mosquito nets


And so much more, from food for malnourished children to safe homes! Plus, with each of these gifts, children and their families not only receive the gift itself, but the education and training they need to make the gifts effective and sustainable!

How beautiful is that?!


Want an even closer view?

These gifts really do change the lives of children and communities in poverty. Recently, a group of Canadians visited Uganda to see the impact of these gifts in person! Take a look at two of the communities in Uganda who have hugely benefitted from the gifts of water and pigs given in past years!

James Tebyasa, Uganda Water Specialist, explains how the generosity of Canadians who gave to Gifts of Compassion in the last few years is making life much easier for those in Uganda who used to have to trek nine kilometres just to get water!


Pastor Fred from Deliverance Church in Uganda shares with visiting Canadians how gifts of pigs in past years has allowed 50 families in his community to thrive with a sustainable income!

Thank you for putting your love in action in 2018, friends! The impact your generosity has on those living in the depths of poverty is real and so very worthwhile.


“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

-Galatians 6:2

Written by: Laura Phillips

Laura Phillips is the Writer and Editorial Specialist for Compassion Canada. She is passionate about pursuing justice and mercy through writing, crafting, music, and sharing stories over a cup of strong coffee.