Funds raised from the Gifts of Compassion catalogue are used to support Compassion’s Response Programs. Should excess funds be raised in a particular area, we will meet other urgent needs as they arise.

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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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While gifts can be ordered year-round, if you require gift cards for Christmas, we recommend you make your order by December 10th. Electronic cards are available at any time for download through the website. Please allow at least 10 business days for your card to arrive.

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Can I put my sponsorship on hold?

October 9, 2015 3:58 pm

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..

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Can I add a photo to my letter?

April 28, 2014 4:08 pm
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Absolutely! Just above and to the left of the box where you can type out your letter to your sponsored child there is an “Upload a Photo” button. Use it to select the photo to add to your letter. Once you are ready to send the letter with the photo off to your sponsored child, just click on the “Send Letter” button at the bottom right of the box.

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You are welcome to send a family gift of $40 to $1000 per year. 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. This will often be a business opportunity, such as a food stall or livestock. If you would rather specify that your sponsored child’s family use your gift for income-earning, you can simply ask us to attach a Gift Instruction to your gift. However, gifts are more effective when the child and family are free to use them for their greatest need.

To send a gift online click here or call our Contact Centre at 1-800-563-5437

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Children are required to write to their sponsors a minimum of two letters a year. If there is something wrong with your sponsored child, we will contact you. If it has been 6 months since you have received a letter, please contact our office. We may have an undeliverable address for you and have been unable to send your sponsored child’s letters through to you.

You can reach us by phone at 1-800-563-5437 or by email at info@compassion.ca

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Compassion aims to reach as many families as possible. Typically, only one child from a family will attend a project. The parents will choose which child is registered. However, if the family has great needs up to three children may be enrolled. The benefits of the program reach the whole family through interaction with staff, health screening, nutritional advice and supplies, parenting workshops and other church activities. Sponsored children often share what they learn at the Compassion project with siblings and many lead their entire families to Christ. As well as supporting your sponsored child and their family through prayer, as a sponsor you are able to send financial gifts to your sponsored child’s family.

Check out this story!

http://blog.compassion.com/one-child-sponsorship-helps-an-entire-family/

 

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You should receive a letter from your sponsored child acknowledging your gift and how the gift money was used. Please remember that each letter may take up to two months for translation and delivery. Please check the date of your child’s letter to work out whether he or she would have received your gift before they last wrote back to you. Many times, the children aren’t writing to you on the same day that they receive your gift. Instead, they reply on a scheduled day when all the children at the project write to their sponsors. They may be writing back some weeks or even a month after they receive your gift, so they may not remember whether to acknowledge what you have sent them. Compassion is working on a process to ensure that every child acknowledges every gift they receive from their sponsor.

If you are in doubt whether your sponsored child has received your gift, you are welcome to write and ask or contact our office so we can follow-up on this gift on your behalf. We can be reached at 1-800-563-5437 or through email at info@compassion.ca

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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.

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We understand your concern for your sponsored child. Our staff are working hard to provide us with specific information concerning Compassion children and their families. Communication is difficult as many projects do not have a phone. We are in regular communication with our office and they will let us know which children have been directly affected in time. As we gain specific information that would relate to a particular Compassion child we do let their sponsor know.

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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.

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Yes, we can make this happen for you. We would need the contact information for the friend or family member so that we can give them the picture and profile of the child they are starting to sponsor. If the friend or family member was willing, we could still have the letters from the sponsored child come to you and you could continue to write to this child. Please contact our office by phone or by email so that we can make this change for you.

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You can change your credit card information through the Update Your Information form on our website or by calling our office. Thank you for supporting Compassion.

Click here to go to the Update Payment Details form.

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Can I go and visit my sponsored child?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Yes. Please notify Compassion at least two months before you travel so we can arrange the visit to your sponsored child. We will send you our child protection policy and other documents requiring your signature. After receiving your signed forms, we can begin arranging a visit with your sponsored child. A Compassion staff member from the country office will accompany you to visit your sponsored child on the day of the visit. All associated costs are your responsibility. You may also have the opportunity to see their project and possibly visit their home, if permission is granted by the child’s parents or legal guardians. Please contact our office or fill out the online form so that we can make these arrangements for you.

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What are my donation method options?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Donations can be made by pre-authorized withdrawal (bank account or credit card), internet banking, telephone banking, Interac online, cheque or money order. These withdrawals can be made monthly or annually. Pre-authorized donations are safe, easy and convenient. Pre-authorized withdrawal from your bank account is our preferred method of payment, as it saves Compassion hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in transaction fees. Automatic withdrawals can be setup through our website by completing the Update Your Information form or by calling our office. Cheques made out to Compassion Canada will be accepted, as will money orders. Unfortunately deposits can not be made directly into Compassion’s bank account.

Click here to go to the Update Payment Details form. 

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