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.
Sponsorship costs $41 CAD per month per sponsored child. Sponsorship provides children with different learning opportunities, healthcare and social activities, including:
Christian Teaching & Discipleship
Access to Education & Literacy Training
Regular Health Checkups & Hygiene Supplies
Life Skills Training
Education on Proper Nutrition
Compassion’s local church partners tailor the program to address the specific needs of their communities to ensure that children have the greatest opportunity to reach their God-given potential.Together, you and the church are ensuring that the gospel is shared, people are discipled, lives are changed, communities are transformed and poverty ends
Yes. Writing online means your letter bypasses our local postal service and will already be in digital format so we can forward it directly to the Country Office. From there, Compassion staff translate, print and deliver the letters (and photos, if included) to your child.
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.
Learn more about why your sponsor child may not “look poor”.
Due to the limitations of customs regulations, only paper items can be sent to sponsored children. Items made of paper up to 8.5″ by 11″ and up to .25″ thick can be sent on. Compassion cannot send on or return gifts that do not fall within these guidelines. If you would like to bless your child in other ways, please send a financial gift, which your child can use to purchase something they really need. Your money will go a lot further in the countries where we work and it will help stimulate the local economy.
Examples of what you can send in the mail include: photos, greeting cards, stickers, bookmarks, postcards, colouring pages, booklets, small calendars, scripture cards, decorative writing paper, paper dolls, and paper planes.
Items which we cannot send include: pencils, crayons, balloons, gum, jewelry, candy, magnets, clothes, toys, seeds, etc.
You sure can! Whether you’re writing on our website or from your My Compassion account, you can attach one photo to your letter. If you would like to send additional photos, you can just send a blank letter and we will attach it to the original letter.
On My Compassion, the “Upload a Photo” button is in the top left corner of the message area. On the website, there is a blue button in the bottom left corner.
When you write a letter online, we send it digitally to the Country Office. From there, Compassion staff translate, print and deliver the letters (and photos) to your child. We are unable to send emails directly to your sponsored child but our online letter writing process is the next best option.
Absolutely! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-563-5437. Tax receipts are also available for you to download in your My Compassion account. Tax receipts are issued each year no later than February 28th of the following year.
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’.
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.
Children love receiving letters from their sponsors, but we realize some people aren’t sure what to write to a child they’ve never met. Your letters don’t need to be long to make a huge impact. Knowing that someone cares and is thinking about them will encourage your Compassion child.
Here are some helpful ideas:
Things to share:
Family, friends, and pets (whatever you’re comfortable with)
Hobbies or favourite activities
Bible verses and prayer requests
Local holidays and special traditions
Words of encouragement
Things to ask:
Family and friends (ages and names)
Favourite activities at school, church and the Compassion centre
Their country, town or community and its local traditions
In the event a sponsor misses a monthly donation, Compassion has a fund that covers the sponsorship cost. We realize that credit card changes and other financial complications are an inconvenient reality for many of us. Our goal is to ensure children receive the same benefits and attend the program as usual while we try to contact the sponsor to resolve the missed donation. Please note, Compassion cannot cover a sponsorship indefinitely and if we were unable to contact the current sponsor, we would have to find a new sponsor for the child.
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..
You are welcome to send a family gift of $40 to $1,000 per year. You can specify that your sponsored child’s family use your gift for livestock by simply asking us to attach a Gift Instruction to your gift. However, the family is free to use the gift for their greatest need. The project staff will talk with the child and family to help them to spend your gift in the wisest way, with the best long-term improvement for the family. You can send a family gift online or by calling our office.
Read more about how impactful the gift of livestock can be!
One of the challenges of working in underdeveloped communities is communication. Many of the Compassion Child Development Centres are in remote locations with unreliable mail systems or internet access. We have developed—and recently improved—a correspondence system to ensure letters move as fast as possible between children and their sponsors. When you send a letter, by mail or online, it comes to the Compassion Canada office, which we send digitally to the Country Office. From there, Compassion staff translate, print and deliver the letters (and photos) to your child. From the time we receive your letter, it takes about four to six weeks to get into your sponsored child’s hands, which is an incredible achievement considering it used to take three months!
We appreciate your patience as you wait to receive letters. Letters are an important part of sponsorship, and we are committed to continuously improving this process.
Sponsorship plus Urgent Needs provides funds for additional benefits for sponsored children, their families and communities that cannot be provided by child sponsorship funds alone. While sponsorship funds provide activities which directly benefit your sponsored child, the extra $10 from Sponsorship plus Urgent needs is used to fund initiatives and programs which sow further into the lives of Compassion assisted children, their families and communities.
As Compassion raises more funds for these activities, we will be able to assist more sponsored children with these additional benefits.
Some of these include:
Emergency medical care
HIV and AIDS Initiative – includes education on prevention as well as care
Education and training programs for parents of sponsored children
Partner church development – including church partner staff training.
Yes, you can! Along with cards and colouring pages, you may also send a poster or bookmark to your sponsored child from your My Compassion account. When you click “Compose Letter,” it will show you the various options. You can write a note to your child that will print on whichever item you choose. And the best part: there’s no limit to how many you can send! This is a great way to send your child a treat at no cost to you.