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 volunteer@compassion.ca 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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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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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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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”. 

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Yes!

Compassion exposure trips are an exciting opportunity for you to have a safe yet rich cultural experience while allowing you to see our work firsthand and visit your sponsored child. When we’re travelling to your sponsored child’s country, you will receive a personal invitation by email to travel with us and see for yourself how your sponsorship is impacting your child’s life. We promise, when you return from this adventure, you will never look at the world the same way.

Check your MyCompassion account to see if we have the correct email address on file for you.

To add or change your email address, click here.

Read more about Compassion Exposure trips!

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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!

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You are welcome to send a child gift of $15 to $100 per year. You can specify that your sponsored child use your gift for livestock by simply asking us to attach a Gift Instruction to your gift. However, the child is free to use the gift for their greatest need. The project staff will talk with the child to help them to spend your gift in the wisest way, with the best long-term improvement for the child. You can send a child gift online or by calling our office.

Read more about how impactful the gift of livestock can be!

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Can I volunteer at Compassion?

May 30, 2018 11:39 am

Yes! There are several ways you can volunteer with Compassion. You can volunteer your time as a Compassion Child Advocate to join us at Christian events across the country and help us see more children sponsored. You can become a Compassion Prayer Partner. If you live in London, Ontario or the surrounding area, you can also volunteer your time at our head office, helping us process the hundreds of thousands of letters being sent to and from our sponsored children. For more information click here

Read more about why others volunteer with Compassion. 

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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
  • What they hope to be when they grow up

More ideas:

Children treasure your letters, so we hope you will write one today. Writing from your MyCompassion account is convenient and easy.

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At Compassion, the difference is Jesus. Our Christ-centred, child-focused and church-based program addresses more than the physical, social and economic needs of the children in our care, it addresses their spiritual needs. We believe that the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ – is the only way to truly break the cycle of poverty and transform children, families, communities and nations.

Learn more about what makes Compassion different from other organizations.

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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.

Write a letter today from your MyCompassion account.

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The gifts shown in the Gifts of Compassion catalogue are linked to specific initiatives being supported through our Respond with Compassion programs. While we will not be able to name the individual or family that benefits from your donation, we will be reporting on all these initiatives as they are completed at the field.

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Sponsorship costs $41 CAD per month per sponsored child. Sponsorship provides children with different learning opportunities, healthcare and social activities, including:

  • Christian Teaching & Discipleship
  • Bibles
  • Access to Education & Literacy Training
  • School Supplies
  • Regular Health Checkups & Hygiene Supplies
  • Dental Screenings
  • Life Skills Training
  • Vocational Training
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • 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

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