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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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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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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