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.View Original Post
Our Youth Group was sponsoring a child together, but cannot continue. I would like it changed to my personal name. Can I do this?
Yes, we can change this sponsorship to your name. We will require written or verbal permission from the members of your youth group to do so. Unfortunately you will not be able to keep your same sponsor number. We are required to change the sponsor number because we are asked to keep a record of all donations by name by the Canada Revenue Agency. Therefore, we will have to set up a new sponsorship to reflect the change in the name of sponsorship. Please contact our office by phone or by email so that we can make this change for you.View Original Post
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.
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No. Because Compassion is a child development organization operating within the countries where Compassion-assisted children live, we do not facilitate adoption. We want these children to endeavor to make a difference in their homes, communities, cities, and countries.View Original Post
In most of the countries we work in, photographs are a “big deal”. Each child wishes to look his/her best for their potential sponsor. This means in some countries that this photo is a serious occasion and not the appropriate time for a smile.
Check out this great story about picture day!View Original Post
Yes, you can send in a cheque or money order for however many months you would like to pay at once. You can call our office and we can put through a credit card donation for whatever amount you prefer. You can also setup an automatic withdrawal (banking or credit card) recurring quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Please contact our office for more information or to setup any of these options.View Original Post
At Compassion Canada, a minimum of 80 percent of funds raised are used for ministry activities, including all field level expenses, which directly benefit your sponsored child. Less than 20 percent is used for fundraising initiatives and administration in Canada. Compassion assisted children and their families receive no cash. Benefits are always in the form of goods and services, carefully designed, delivered and purchased according to the children’s individual needs. Click here to view our latest financial statement.View Original Post
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.View Original Post
All contributions of $10 or more to Compassion Canada are tax deductible in Canada. To be eligible for a receipt, all year end gifts and donations to Compassion must be received by December 31st. Compassion receipts for income tax purposes are issued by February 28th of the following year. The receipt will be mailed to donors as well as be available for download at my.compassion.ca. Receipts must be retained for tax purposes.
Our CRA Business number is 11887-1516 RR0001View Original Post
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.