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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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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 is the extra $10 used for?

November 28, 2017 11:20 am

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.

 

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You can easily donate to Compassion Canada through your financial institution’s phone banking service. The payee is Compassion Canada and you can use your supporter number as the account number. Your supporter number will start with an “8-,” and be followed by 8 digits.

Depending on the bank you may need to omit the “8” or the dash. If your donation is for anything other than sponsorship—such as Urgent Needs, Christmas Gift Fund, etc.—please instruct the bank to include a note.

Presently, we work with Royal Bank, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Canadian Western Bank, Citizens Bank and Credit Unions located in the provinces of British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Alternatively, you can make a donation by credit card by calling our Contact Centre at 1-800-563-5437 or through our secure website.

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You can easily donate to Compassion Canada through internet banking. Just like adding a payee for paying bills, search for Compassion Canada and use your supporter number as the account number. Your supporter number will start with an “8-,” and be followed by 8 digits.

Depending on the bank you may need to omit the “8” or the dash. If your donation is for anything other than sponsorship—such as Urgent Needs, Christmas Gift Fund, etc.—please provide instructions in the notes section.

Presently, we work with Royal Bank, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Canadian Western Bank, Citizens Bank and Credit Unions located in the provinces of British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Alternatively, you can make a donation by credit card through our secure website.

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What is Sharing Compassion?

November 28, 2017 11:17 am

Sharing Compassion is an opportunity for sponsors to share their story of sponsoring with Compassion with others so that more children can be released from poverty in Jesus’ name. It can happen anytime and anywhere. The purpose is to help bring the needs of children in poverty to the attention of caring Christians who could help them. We provide you with all the resources you need for a successful event, including an appropriate video to share and presentation ideas.

Email us today for more information or visit www.sharingcompassion.ca

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Yes, you can! Along with cards and colouring pages, you may also send a poster or bookmark to your sponsored child from your MyCompassion 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.

Send your child a free special greeting today!

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One of the challenges with working in the developing world 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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Can I email a letter to my sponsored child?

November 28, 2017 11:10 am

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.

Write a letter today from your MyCompassion account.

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You sure can! Whether you’re writing on our website or from your MyCompassion 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 MyCompassion, 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.

Write a letter and try sending a photo on MyCompassion today!

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Yes, it is possible for a group to sponsor one child. We have a few options to make donations simpler.

For a group of up to five people, we can set up separate accounts for each sponsor and connect them to the same child. Each person is responsible for their own donations and can choose the withdrawal option (credit card, bank withdrawal, check, online banking, etc.) that best suits them.

If the group consists of more than five people and individual tax receipts are required, please submit the names, contact information and donation amounts for each contributor to our office. We assign one person to be the main contact. That person is responsible for coordinating donations based on the group’s preference. Alternatively, anyone in the group is welcome to send donations using the group’s supporter number.

Follow the link to search for a child your group can sponsor.

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What happens if a sponsor misses a payment?

November 28, 2017 11:05 am

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.

You can update your financial information through our secure website.

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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.

Write a letter today from your MyCompassion account or through the website.

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Where can I find my supporter number?

November 28, 2017 11:02 am

You can find your supporter number on most correspondence you receive from Compassion Canada, as well as your MyCompassion account. It starts with “8-”, and is followed by 8 digits.

You can also call the Contact Centre at 1-800-563-5437 and we would be happy to provide it over the phone.

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How do I set up a My Compassion account?

November 28, 2017 11:01 am
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To set up a MyCompassion account, you will need your supporter number, the one that starts with 8-.

  1. Click the green button that says “Sign Up.”
  2. Enter your supporter number and click “Validate.”
  3. Confirm if you want to use the email we have on file as your username; click “Yes” or “No.”
  4. Check your email (may be in junk mail) for a message from us.
  5. Click the link in the email to complete the activation process.
  6. Enter your supporter number and create a password (upper and lower case letters and number).
  7. Click “Set up account,” which will forward you to the login screen.
  8. Log in and enjoy the many features of a MyCompassion account.

Sign up for a MyCompassion account today.

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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: 80 letter-writing ideas; My favourite thing my sponsor has written me

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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In addition to your monthly sponsorship donation and encouraging letters, you may wish to send gifts to your sponsored child. We are delighted when sponsors decide to provide additional support. We do not mail parcels because delivery in developing countries is unreliable and expensive, but you are able to send paper items like stickers, posters and colouring pages.

We also provide an opportunity to send a monetary gift. The options are: Birthday Gift, General Gift, Family Gift or Child Development Centre Gift. Compassion Canada forwards 100 per cent of the money to purchase a gift in the child’s community. Child Development Centre staff assist children and their families to ensure funds are used appropriately and to discuss how to best use the gift to benefit the child and family. If you have a specific gift in mind, we will forward your suggestion, but ultimately the child or their family will make the final decision.

Send your child a gift online.

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What is Sponsorship plus Urgent Needs?

November 28, 2017 10:54 am

Child sponsorship provides a holistic development program for children in Compassion’s ministry. But at times there are other factors that can have a significant impact on a child’s life. This additional $10 donation to the Urgent Needs Fund helps to address those unforeseen circumstances.

This donation does not go directly to your sponsored child, but is available to help all sponsored children and their families around the world as needed. This could include—but is not limited to—emergency medical care, disaster relief and reconstruction, income-generation training and other critical interventions. These initiatives combine with the benefits of child sponsorship to break the cycle of poverty.

You can set up a monthly donation to the Urgent Needs Fund online at any time.

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