At Compassion, the difference is Jesus. Our Christ-centred, child-focused and church-based program addresses more than the physical, social and economic needs of the children in our care, it addresses their spiritual needs. We believe that the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ – is the only way to truly break the cycle of poverty and transform children, families, communities and nations.

Learn more about what makes Compassion different from other organizations.

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The church projects in each country decide as they have a greater understanding and knowledge of the needs of their community. Children are registered for sponsorship between the ages of three and nine. The eligibility of each child is determined on an individual basis which includes an assessment of  the family income, living conditions and overall family situation. These children are the poorest of the poor in a community which has been assessed as needy by Compassion staff. Generally, one child per family is sponsored.

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How does Compassion work?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Each child is linked with just one sponsor. Each sponsor contributes $41 a month to ensure that their sponsored child receives healthcare, education, food, clothing, vocational training, social, emotional and spiritual care. These benefits are provided through activities run through the church-based child development centre.

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What is a Compassion project?

February 22, 2013 11:35 am

Compassion’s holistic child development program activities take place at church-based child development centres or “projects”. Sometimes activities take place in the church building or the church may have another facility designated for the child development centre. Each centre is within a 30-minute walk of the homes of the children it serves.

Program activities vary in detail according to the culture, environment, or needs of the area where the individual centres are located. However, there are common elements in all Compassion child development centres which ensure that all Compassion-assisted children are given the greatest opportunity to be released from spiritual, economic, social, emotional and physical poverty.

Each child development centre:

Meets on a regular basis.
Uses the facilities of the local church partner through which the program operates.
Provides a programmed curriculum of activities for registered and sponsored children.
Has a committee which provides local accountability and support.
Has a director employed by the church to manage the day-to-day activities.
Employs staff and volunteers selected by the local church.
Operates under Compassion International’s carefully monitored standards and guidelines. 
Provides reasonable levels of safety for children relative to the realities of the surrounding community.

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