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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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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In areas where there are thousands of families needing help and only a few hundred places in the Compassion project, the local staff may limit sponsorship to one child per family. However, in some areas, up to three children per family may attend the project. You are welcome to contact Compassion Canada to ask if your sponsored child’s siblings are already registered with Compassion, and if so, whether they are still awaiting sponsorship.

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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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