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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Can I put my sponsorship on hold?

October 9, 2015 3:58 pm

Compassion deeply appreciates the faithful emotional and financial support you give to your sponsored child. In today’s uncertain economic times your support and commitment become even more critical as our sponsored children and their families living in extreme poverty are hit even harder by the global recession and food crisis. Because we understand that sometimes personal or financial circumstances can make that monthly financial commitment very difficult for you, Compassion has various options available to assist you that can be customized according to your individual needs and financial circumstances. If you are experiencing difficulties and feel you might benefit from one of our options for sponsorship assistance or you would like to find out more, please contact our office..

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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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Compassion aims to reach as many families as possible. Typically, only one child from a family will attend a project. The parents will choose which child is registered. However, if the family has great needs up to three children may be enrolled. The benefits of the program reach the whole family through interaction with staff, health screening, nutritional advice and supplies, parenting workshops and other church activities. Sponsored children often share what they learn at the Compassion project with siblings and many lead their entire families to Christ. As well as supporting your sponsored child and their family through prayer, as a sponsor you are able to send financial gifts to your sponsored child’s family.

Check out this story!

http://blog.compassion.com/one-child-sponsorship-helps-an-entire-family/

 

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You should receive a letter from your sponsored child acknowledging your gift and how the gift money was used. Please remember that each letter may take up to two months for translation and delivery. Please check the date of your child’s letter to work out whether he or she would have received your gift before they last wrote back to you. Many times, the children aren’t writing to you on the same day that they receive your gift. Instead, they reply on a scheduled day when all the children at the project write to their sponsors. They may be writing back some weeks or even a month after they receive your gift, so they may not remember whether to acknowledge what you have sent them. Compassion is working on a process to ensure that every child acknowledges every gift they receive from their sponsor.

If you are in doubt whether your sponsored child has received your gift, you are welcome to write and ask or contact our office so we can follow-up on this gift on your behalf. We can be reached at 1-800-563-5437 or through email at info@compassion.ca

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We understand your concern for your sponsored child. Our staff are working hard to provide us with specific information concerning Compassion children and their families. Communication is difficult as many projects do not have a phone. We are in regular communication with our office and they will let us know which children have been directly affected in time. As we gain specific information that would relate to a particular Compassion child we do let their sponsor know.

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Looks can be deceiving. The photographs do not show the appalling conditions in which these children live or the hunger and abuse many experience. Compassion believes in maintaining the dignity of the poor. For this reason, as much as we are able, we try to ensure the children are photographed in clean clothes.

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Our preference would be if each individual would send in a cheque or give a one time credit card donation for the amount that they will be covering of the sponsorship. This is the best way to then ensure that we are able to send out an income tax receipt in the correct amount to each person with the least amount of administration on either end.

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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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What are my donation method options?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Donations can be made by pre-authorized withdrawal (bank account or credit card), internet banking, telephone banking, Interac online, cheque or money order. These withdrawals can be made monthly or annually. Pre-authorized donations are safe, easy and convenient. Pre-authorized withdrawal from your bank account is our preferred method of payment, as it saves Compassion hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in transaction fees. Automatic withdrawals can be setup through our website by completing the Update Your Information form or by calling our office. Cheques made out to Compassion Canada will be accepted, as will money orders. Unfortunately deposits can not be made directly into Compassion’s bank account.

Click here to go to the Update Payment Details form. 

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How is my sponsorship donation used?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

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.

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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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You can change your credit card information through the Update Your Information form on our website or by calling our office. Thank you for supporting Compassion.

Click here to go to the Update Payment Details form.

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How long can I sponsor this child?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

To graduate from Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program, sponsored children need to have at least completed primary school, a vocational training course and possibly secondary education as well. The expected age at which children may complete the program varies from country to country depending on the education system, but will be between 18 years and 22 years. A child may leave the program earlier if their family moves from the area, or if the home situation improves, or if the family chooses to withdraw their child from the program. Every teenager with Compassion has a plan for their future, including their likely date for finishing the program. You are welcome to write to your older sponsored child asking about what is contained in their copy of ‘My Plan for Tomorrow’.

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You can change your automatic withdrawal information through the Update Your Information form on our website or by calling our office. Thank you for supporting Compassion.

Click here to change your payment details online.

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Children and families receive no cash. Benefits are only ever in the form of goods and services, carefully designed, delivered or purchased according to their needs.

Note: Child and family gifts (donations) are allocated exclusively to the child / family you are supporting. Project staff will involve the family in purchasing gifts that are appropriate and meet specific needs.

If you are interested in learning more about how Compassion Canada handles finances, click here.

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