Compassion believes that poverty is best addressed through the transformation of the individual child. Compassion is delighted to help you send special gifts to your sponsored child. We do not mail packages, because parcel delivery in developing countries is unreliable and expensive. Instead, we encourage you to send a monetary gift to your child to purchase an appropriate gift locally. You can also send monetary gifts for a specific family or project. Gifts for your child can mark special occasions such as birthdays and graduation. Most children write to thank their sponsors and say what they have purchased. Compassion Canada forwards 100 percent of the sum you donate to the child, family or project you designate. If you have a specific gift in mind, you can mention it to us and we will pass your suggestion along. Local project staff assist children and their families to ensure that funds are used appropriately.

You can also help by supporting Respond with Compassion programs. These programs address issues that our Child Development program alone cannot, such as providing disaster relief, AIDS intervention, clean water and more. These programs are funded separately from the Child Development program. You can do this by adding a monthly donation to Sponsorship Plus. Please contact our office to do so. You can also donate to a Respond wth Compassion program online.

To give a child, family or project gift – click here!

To learn more about Respond with Compassion programs or to give to a program- click here!

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Where can I find my supporter number?

April 28, 2014 4:15 pm

Your supporter number is on every piece of correspondence you receive from Compassion Canada. Your number appears below the barcode attached to letters from your sponsored child, and beside your name on the letter writing paper included with every child letter (on the right side of the page).

Your number may start with CA, usually followed by seven to eight digits.

You can also view this information through your MyCompassion account

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You are welcome to send a family gift of $40 to $1000 per year. The project staff will talk with the child and family to help them to spend your gift in the wisest way, with the best long-term improvement for the family. This will often be a business opportunity, such as a food stall or livestock. If you would rather specify that your sponsored child’s family use your gift for income-earning, you can simply ask us to attach a Gift Instruction to your gift. However, gifts are more effective when the child and family are free to use them for their greatest need.

To send a gift online click here or call our Contact Centre at 1-800-563-5437

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Due to the limitations of customs regulations, only paper items can be sent to sponsored children. Items made of paper up to 8.5″ by 11″ and up to .25″ thick can be sent on. Compassion cannot send on or return gifts that do not fall within these guidelines. If you would like to bless your child in other ways, please send a financial gift, which your child can use to purchase something they really need. Your money will go a lot further in the countries where we work and it will help stimulate the local economy.

Examples of what you can send in the mail include: photos, greeting cards, stickers, bookmarks, postcards, colouring pages, booklets, small calendars, scripture cards, decorative writing paper, paper dolls, and paper planes.

Items which we cannot send include: pencils, crayons, balloons, gum, jewelry, candy, magnets, clothes, toys, seeds, etc.

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How do I send a family gift?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am
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You can send a family gift online or by calling our office. Family gifts are from $40 to $1,000 per year. Families often use gifts to buy livestock, items to repair the home, food, clothing, or bedding. 100% of your gift reaches your sponsored child’s family. Your financial gift to your sponsored child is greatly appreciated as it brings joy and help to ease the struggles of poverty.

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You are welcome to send a child gift of $15 to $100 per year. You can specify that your sponsored child use your gift for livestock by simply asking us to attach a Gift Instruction to your gift. However, the child is free to use the gift for their greatest need. The project staff will talk with the child to help them to spend your gift in the wisest way, with the best long-term improvement for the child. You can send a child gift online or by calling our office.

 

 

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You are welcome to send a family gift of $40 to $1,000 per year. You can specify that your sponsored child’s family use your gift for livestock by simply asking us to attach a Gift Instruction to your gift. However, the family is free to use the gift for their greatest need. The project staff will talk with the child and family to help them to spend your gift in the wisest way, with the best long-term improvement for the family. You can send a family gift online or by calling our office.

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Do you have a gift catalogue?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Yes! We have a Gifts of Compassion catalogue. All items in our gift catalogue are available through our online store. We would be happy to provide you with paper copies of the catalogue if you wish. Please email us at store@compassion.ca or call 1-800-563-5437.

Click here to go to our online store.

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You may send paper items to your sponsored child. We cannot send non-paper items to sponsored children due to the high cost of postage, the risk of loss, theft or damage. It can also be very difficult to determine a culturally appropriate gift for a sponsored child. You may wish to send a financial gift to your sponsored child which we can ensure is used to choose a suitable gift for him or herself. This will often be done with the help of a family member or project worker. If you would like to recommend how your money gift should be spent please add an instruction when you send it. However, bear in mind that your sponsored child may have a need for a very practical gift.

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Compassion’s child development ministry is not based on material handouts. We facilitate individual child development by providing learning opportunities that a child may not encounter in another situation. Learning is central to Compassion’s mission-we provide life skills that foster each child’s success. Learning opportunities also are provided for parents, which enables them to improve their parenting skills and provide for their families. Therefore we do not allow extra money to be given every month, but there are several opportunities over the year for you to bless your sponsored child and family with a special monetary gift.

To give a child, family or project gift – click here!

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We do not encourage sponsors to send items by mail or courier to your child’s country because it is not guaranteed to reach your child. When a package other than paper goods is sent, there will be custom charges that our Country office would not be able to pay and there is no guarantee that this item will get to our office. The mail systems in most of the countries we work in are not reliable.

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No less than 80 percent of your monthly support benefits your child, either directly or indirectly. Compassion-assisted children and their families receive no cash. Benefits are in the form of goods and services, carefully designed, delivered and purchased according to each child’s individual needs.

As a general rule, 20 percent of these funds are invested in the development, oversight, and auditing of Compassion’s programs in which every assisted-child participates. These investments ensure that each child receives the best care possible, rather than becoming the recipient of a handout.

The remaining funds are used to meet the day-to-day needs of each child. This can include:

nutritional meals and the provision of clean drinking water;

medical and dental check-ups, care and education;

educational supplies and tuition fees;

clothing including school uniforms;

non-formal educational and life-skills training such as participation in excursions and camps;

extra-curricular activities such as drama, dance, music and art etc.; and

biblical training and discipleship

Our local church partners also invest considerable resources in the development of each child, allowing Compassion and the church to help bring an eternal solution to poverty in the life of a child.

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Where can I find my sponsor number?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Your sponsor number is on every piece of correspondence you receive from Compassion. Your number appears to the right of your name on correspondence, below the barcode attached to letters from your sponsored child, and beside your name on the letter writing paper included with every child letter (on the right side of the page).

Your number may start with CA, usually followed by seven to eight digits.

If you still cannot find your number feel free to contact us by phone.

 

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What is the Christmas Gift Fund?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Christmas is one of the most special times of the year for sponsored children. For many, Christmas is the only time they receive gifts. The Christmas Gift Fund provides an age-appropriate Christmas gift for every child registered with Compassion. These gifts include clothing, blankets and bed-linen, toiletries, practical items and, of course, a range of toys. Funds are pooled internationally and equally distributed amongst all Compassion-assisted children, including those who do not yet have a sponsor. Compassion Canada suggests sponsors contribute an amount of $25 per child to this fund. Each sponsor has the opportunity to send a special Christmas card to the child they sponsor, which can be written online or sent via mail.

To send a card to your sponsored child through our website click here.

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Your sponsored child’s number is on any letter that you receive from your child. You will find it printed above the barcode that is attached to every letter your child sends, along with his or her name. You will also find it beside his or her name on the letter writing paper included with every child letter (on the left side of the page).

Child numbers always begin with two letters (indicating country) followed by seven digits.

You can also view this information through your MyCompassion account

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What is Compassion Sunday?

March 18, 2013 12:50 pm

Compassion Sunday is a special one-day event giving your church the opportunity to discover that poverty has an eternal solution in the Gospel of Jesus.

It’s a powerful opportunity for God to use you to share with the members of your church family His deep love for children – and show how each of us can be a part of ending poverty in the life of one child by sponsoring with Compassion.

To learn more about Compassion Sunday, order your free planning guide or to register your event – click here!

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Your financial gifts to your sponsored child are greatly appreciated as they bring joy and help to ease the struggles of poverty. You are welcome to send a family gift of $40 – $1000 per year and specify that your sponsored child’s family use your gift for further education by simply asking us to attach a Gift Instruction to your gift. However, gifts are more effective when the child and family are free to use them for their greatest need. The project staff will talk with the child and family to help them to spend your gift in the wisest way, with the best long-term improvement for the family.

To give a child, family or project gift – click here!

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How do I send a Christmas gift?

March 18, 2013 12:21 pm

You can send a Christmas gift to your sponsored child by making a donation to the Christmas Gift Fund.

We recommend giving $25 per child. Donations to the Christmas Gift Fund are pooled to ensure no Compassion-assisted child goes without a gift, even if they are not yet sponsored. Gifts that might be purchased for the children by the child development centre staff include clothing, shoes, small toys, household items, linen, food and livestock.

You can donate to the Christmas Gift Fund online or by calling our office toll-free 1 800 563-5437.

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