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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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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How do I begin sponsoring a child?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am
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A sponsorship has begun once you have selected a child and we have received your first donation. Your monthly support of $41 CAD provides the opportunity for your sponsored child to participate in a church-based program that offers life-changing opportunities.

To sponsor a child click here

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How does Compassion work?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Each child is linked with just one sponsor. Each sponsor contributes $41 a month to ensure that their sponsored child receives healthcare, education, food, clothing, vocational training, social, emotional and spiritual care. These benefits are provided through activities run through the church-based child development centre.

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How do I contact Compassion Canada?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Our headquarters are in London, Ontario. Open Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Postal Address:     Compassion Canada, PO Box 5591, London ON N6A 5G8

Office Address:     Compassion Canada, 985 Adelaide St. S. London ON N6E 4A3

Phone:  519.668.0224

Toll-free: 1 800 563-5437

Fax: 866.685.1107

Email: info@compassion.ca

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Many of the children who Compassion supports have received no, or only very limited formal education prior to being registered in the project. Many are therefore not as advanced in their learning as a child of the same age from Canada. Many are the equivalent of at least two or three years younger in their educational development. If a child is unable to write their own letters, project staff will sit and talk with the child and ask what they would like to say in their letters. Writing letters is a new skill for many children and therefore many will be unfamiliar with how to go about it. The project staff will then write up the letters which are translated and then sent on to us to forward to you. Some projects will also use letter writing as part of their curriculum to help children develop their reading and writing skills, therefore the letters may seem a little formal. Please do be patient as your sponsored child learns to write and is then able to write to you personally. Many children will draw pictures or write their name or a few words that they can, to share with you what they are able to do. Rest assured that the letters you write to your sponsored child will be greatly valued, and will really help to remind your sponsored child that they are precious and loved.

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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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Children don’t necessarily write back to you on the same day that they get your photo. 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 letter, so may not remember whether they have already acknowledged what you have sent them. 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 photo before they last wrote back to you. Compassion is working on a process to ensure that every child acknowledges every piece of mail they receive from their sponsor. If you are in doubt whether your sponsored child has received your mail, you are welcome to write and ask.

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