Your session will time out at [00:00]. If you would like to sponsor [Child Name], please complete your transaction as soon as possible.Unfortunately your session timed out at [00:00] and since that time [Child Name] was sponsored by another person. Please visit the Sponsor a Child page to find another child.
Compassion exposure trips are an exciting opportunity for you to have a safe yet rich cultural experience while allowing you to see our work firsthand and visit your sponsored child. When we’re travelling to your sponsored child’s country, you will receive a personal invitation by email to travel with us and see for yourself how your sponsorship is impacting your child’s life. We promise, when you return from this adventure, you will never look at the world the same way.
Check your My Compassion account to see if we have the correct email address on file for you.
Sharing Compassion is an opportunity for sponsors to share their story of sponsoring with Compassion with others so that more children can be released from poverty in Jesus’ name. It can happen anytime and anywhere. The purpose is to help bring the needs of children in poverty to the attention of caring Christians who could help them. We provide you with all the resources you need for a successful event, including an appropriate video to share and presentation ideas.
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.
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.
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 My Compassion account
Yes. Please notify Compassion at least two months before you travel so we can arrange the visit to your sponsored child. We will send you our child protection policy and other documents requiring your signature. After receiving your signed forms, we can begin arranging a visit with your sponsored child. A Compassion staff member from the country office will accompany you to visit your sponsored child on the day of the visit. All associated costs are your responsibility. You may also have the opportunity to see their project and possibly visit their home, if permission is granted by the child’s parents or legal guardians. Please contact our office or fill out the online form so that we can make these arrangements for you.
We do not facilitate children visiting their sponsors in Canada or elsewhere because of several factors:
Cost – The cost of flights, passports, accommodations for child, guardian and translator would be extremely prohibitive.
Culture Shock – Few Compassion-assisted children have ever been more than 3 – 4 blocks away from their homes. While Compassion programs have implemented outings so children can see a little more beyond their immediate community (such as city park and zoo trips), North American culture would be too challenging for a child.
Although your child cannot visit you, you can go and visit your child in their country. We require that you contact our office 8-10 weeks prior to your departure in order to make the necessary arrangements with our field office. We will send you our child protection policy and other documents requiring your signature. After receiving your signed forms, we can begin arranging a visit with your sponsored child. You may also have the opportunity to see their project and possibly visit their home, if permission is granted by the child’s parents or legal guardians.
While we cannot speak for other organizations, Compassion’s approach to child sponsorship is to develop people from birth to adulthood, which means we need to address the specific needs of the individual to give them the best opportunity to achieve their God-given potential. Our sponsorship rates reflect this. To learn more about what sponsorship provides, click here.
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