Be assured that sharing a photo online of your sponsored child meets Compassion’s guidelines for publicly sharing information about the children in our program.

Children’s personal information and photographs have different classifications of privacy: information regarding addresses and hometowns are classified but photos and names are fine to share publicly.

We ask supporters to avoid sharing sensitive child information (like whether a child is an orphan, was abandoned or has a certain medical issue), but you should feel free to share the child’s photo, name and your personal sponsorship story. We love to hear your stories, and it is such an encouragement to other supporters as well.

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In Proverbs 31:8, the Bible tells us to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” We pray sponsors would use #SponsorSelfieDay as an opportunity to advocate for children living in poverty, simply by sharing their own story of how sponsorship changes lives.

Our experience from #SponsorSelfieDay last year was that supporters shared how sponsorship had become something far greater than ‘giving’ or ‘generosity’: it became a relationship that had changed their own lives.

Sharing your sponsorship story and why it is important to you isn’t bragging: you could inspire your own friends and family to consider making a difference in a child’s life, too.

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  • Post a photo of you and your sponsored child on Instagram or Facebook.

Your photo doesn’t need to be a selfie. Post a photo of a letter from your sponsored child or their photo on your fridge. If you’ve met your sponsored child, share that memory!

  • Share why you sponsor in the caption.

Your story matters. It shows that anyone can have an impact. Your post might even inspire a friend to change the life of a child through sponsorship, too.

  • Tag @compassionca on Instagram or ‘Compassion Canada’ on Facebook, and use the hashtag #SponsorSelfieDay.

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Thank you for your heart for children living in poverty! If you’d like to participate but don’t have a social media account, you may like to email your friends and family your sponsorship story instead or share it with a friend over a cup of coffee.  If alternative means for sharing about your journey are of interest you, please connect with Compassion’s volunteer network at to inquire of other opportunities to participate with us!


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You don’t need to share a photo of your sponsored child to participate. Post any photo you like. The heart of #SponsorSelfieDay is simply encouraging sponsors to share why sponsorship is important to them. If you like, you could share a photo of a letter you have sent them or a picture they have drawn for you. Otherwise, we encourage you to simply write a post explaining why you sponsor.

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Why share a selfie on #SponsorSelfieDay?

September 12, 2018 2:15 pm

#SponsorSelfieDay is a way to transform a selfie into something that can change lives. When you share your sponsorship story, you’re showing that sponsorship impacts lives: both yours and your sponsored child’s! Imagine the impact of thousands of Compassion sponsors across the globe flooding social media with stories of lives changed. We pray God will use this campaign to inspire friends and family to consider sponsoring a child, too.

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