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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We do not encourage sponsors to send items by mail or courier to your child’s country because it is not guaranteed to reach your child. When a package other than paper goods is sent, there will be custom charges that our Country office would not be able to pay and there is no guarantee that this item will get to our office. The mail systems in most of the countries we work in are not reliable.

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How can I change my address?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

You can change this information through our website (see link below), or you can email us at info@compassion.ca or call us at 1-800-563-5437 to give us your updated information. It is helpful if you can provide us with your Sponsor Number as well as your full name. (You can find your Sponsor Number on your tax receipts and on your child letters.) Thank you for keeping your contact details up-to-date.

Click here to change your address online.

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Yes, we can remove your spouse’s name from the sponsorship. We will require written or verbal permission from your spouse to do so. Unfortunately you will not be able to keep your same sponsor number. We are required to change the sponsor number because we are asked to keep a record of all donations by name by the Canada Revenue Agency. Therefore, we will have to set up a new sponsorship to reflect the change in the name of sponsorship. Please contact our office by phone or by email so that we can make this change for you.

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Yes, donations can be made by pre-authorized withdrawal from your Visa or MasterCard. You can also call our office to charge your credit card with a lump sum for your sponsorship.

Click here to setup a monthly pre-authorized withdrawal from your credit card.

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Yes, you can send in a cheque or money order for however many months you would like to pay at once. You can call our office and we can put through a credit card donation for whatever amount you prefer. You can also setup an automatic withdrawal (banking or credit card) recurring quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Please contact our office for more information or to setup any of these options.

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Yes, we can setup your children/friend as the correspondent. The sponsored child will then write to the correspondent and all letters will be sent to the correspondent. All letters to the child should come from the correspondent only.

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Yes, we can change this sponsorship to your name. We will require written or verbal permission from the members of your youth group to do so. Unfortunately you will not be able to keep your same sponsor number. We are required to change the sponsor number because we are asked to keep a record of all donations by name by the Canada Revenue Agency. Therefore, we will have to set up a new sponsorship to reflect the change in the name of sponsorship. 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 automatic withdrawal information through the Update Your Information form on our website or by calling our office. Thank you for supporting Compassion.

Click here to change your payment details online.

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We do not facilitate children visiting their sponsors in Canada or elsewhere because of several factors:

Cost – The cost of flights, passports, accommodations for child, guardian and translator would be extremely prohibitive.

Culture Shock – Few Compassion-assisted children have ever been more than 3 – 4 blocks away from their homes. While Compassion programs have implemented outings so children can see a little more beyond their immediate community (such as city park and zoo trips), North American culture would be too challenging for a child.

Although your child cannot visit you, you can go and visit your child in their country. We require that you contact our office 8-10 weeks prior to your departure in order to make the necessary arrangements with our field office. 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. 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 is the Christmas Gift Fund?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Christmas is one of the most special times of the year for sponsored children. For many, Christmas is the only time they receive gifts. The Christmas Gift Fund provides an age-appropriate Christmas gift for every child registered with Compassion. These gifts include clothing, blankets and bed-linen, toiletries, practical items and, of course, a range of toys. Funds are pooled internationally and equally distributed amongst all Compassion-assisted children, including those who do not yet have a sponsor. Compassion Canada suggests sponsors contribute an amount of $25 per child to this fund. Each sponsor has the opportunity to send a special Christmas card to the child they sponsor, which can be written online or sent via mail.

To send a card to your sponsored child through our website click here.

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The gifts featured in the Gifts of Compassion catalogue are tied to specific initiatives being funded through our Response programs. The cost of each gift reflects the cost of implementing each of these programs.

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No less than eighty percent of your donation will be directed to Compassion’s Response programs. No more than 20 percent is used for fundraising initiatives and administration. Compassion assisted children and their families receive no cash. Benefits are always in the form of goods and services, carefully designed, delivered and purchased according to the children’s individual needs. Click here to view our latest financial statement.

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