GIFTS OF COMPASSION | 2023-2024


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Income Generation

In Peru, over 27 per cent of the population is unemployed due to recent social conflict and natural disasters like Cyclone Yaku. As the fifth greatest consumer of bread in the world, selling bread in Peru is a promising avenue for income. With this gift, you help 20 Compassion-assisted families in Peru enroll in a bakery workshop where they will learn both baking and entrepreneurial skills to help them start their own baking businesses!

For families in the Lamwo district of Uganda, agriculture is the primary means of income. But with prolonged drought, more than half of the population suffers from food shortages. With laundry soap always in demand, its production is a promising and sustainable source of income in the area. Your gift provides a 6-week laundry soap-making workshop for caregivers in Uganda to make, market and sell their soap for profit to support their families.

When it comes to farming, scale matters. When a farm is too small, it stunts the land’s productivity and lowers the harvest’s quality and quantity. Community farming is an efficient way to address this because it allows for farming at a larger scale, ensuring practices such as crop rotation, soil preparation, quality fertilization and pest control. With your gift, you can provide training, equipment and land to caregiver communities in Rwanda.

Cows are a secure source of food and livelihood for families living in poverty. The milk they produce helps supplement a family’s diet and can be sold to provide additional income. Families who receive this gift also receive the training and equipment necessary to care for a cow sustainably.

When you give a Cow, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Income Generation Fund.

Backyard farms are a sustainable way to fight hunger and generate income. But many families in poverty lack the resources to start one for themselves. Your gift empowers a family in poverty by providing resources such as seeds, fertilizer, livestock, tools and education to help them create and sustain their own backyard farm.

When you give Backyard Farming, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Income Generation Fund.

Goats help provide a livelihood for families living in poverty by producing milk to both consume and sell. When they reproduce, families can sell a goat to provide for other household needs. This gift also includes the training and equipment needed to raise goats sustainably.

When you give a Goat, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Income Generation Fund.

Growing your own food is a powerful way to combat food insecurity. This gift provides vegetable seeds and equipment to families living in poverty so they can start their own home gardens and have a sustainable food source to both eat and sell.

When you give Vegetable Seeds, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Income Generation Fund.

The gift of chickens helps a family combat malnutrition. Eggs act as a regular source of protein and can also be sold as a source of income. With this gift, families also receive the training and equipment needed to raise chickens sustainably.

When you give Chickens, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Income Generation Fund.

When you give to the Income Generation Fund, you provide families living in poverty with resources to earn an income—things like livestock, seeds, skills training and more. This gift keeps giving, as it helps families overcome the desperation that lack of skills, resources and opportunities create and gives them the stability they need to build a future.

Did you know that 34.4 million women in Brazil are financially responsible for their households? That counts for nearly half of the households across the country. Empowering mothers with the skills and resources to maintain a steady income and support their families is key to releasing kids from poverty. With this gift, you provide entrepreneurial training to 11 women through job training, financial education and the purchase of all materials needed to launch their new business.

Honey, beeswax and other bee products can be reliable sources of income for families in poverty. Bees are self-sustaining creatures that require minimal care and management, making beekeeping a viable option for families with limited resources. With your gift, you provide comprehensive training in beekeeping for caregivers.
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Education and Training

In Indonesia, the textile and apparel industry is one of the top contributors to the economy and one of the largest employment sources. Comprehensive training in this industry, including marketing, quality assurance and product development, provides high-demand skills to students and creates opportunities to break the cycle of poverty. With your gift, you can provide 12 months of intensive training to a student pursuing a career in this growing business sector.

A bicycle provides a child in Sri Lanka with an opportunity for mobility, independence, and improved access to education and resources. The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has caused a high demand for bicycles because of their low maintenance costs and accessibility for children who need alternative ways to get to school. Your gift is a vehicle to a brighter future for a child in poverty.

By investing in education, we empower students to break the cycle of poverty. Educated children become changemakers, and build a brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities. This gift helps 80 youths in Tanzania with tuition fees and educational resources needed to complete their higher education. With your gift, a student knows someone believes in them and their future.
Education empowers children and opens doors for their future. This gift ensures that 30 students in El Salvador—identified as having high potential to achieve academic success—can attend a high school best suited to their needs. Enhanced educational opportunities transform lives and allow these students to pursue further education and find jobs that provide for their families and impact their communities.

Technology is a powerful tool in the fight against poverty. Computers are increasingly becoming a necessity for student success. This gift gives students access to computers at their Compassion centre in a computer lab designed to help them achieve their educational goals.

When you give Computers, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Education and Training Fund.

A lack of access to up-to-date textbooks and learning resources can negatively affect a child’s motivation and academic performance. This gift provides children living in poverty with access to textbooks at their Compassion centre, in a library space designed to help them study and learn with excellence.

When you give Textbooks, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Education and Training Fund.

When you give to the Education and Training Fund, you provide children and youth in poverty with access to learning resources and educational opportunities to equip them for futures free from poverty. This includes textbooks, computers, tuition for vocational training, college or university and other essential learning materials.

Equipping students through vocational training opens many opportunities and empowers them to break the cycle of poverty. With your gift, you help a student in Haiti receive training in one of the following trades: plumbing, electricity, masonry, tiling, electric welding, window installations, computer skills, cooking and baking. All these vocational skills have been identified as high-demand trades in the communities these students live in.

For many youths in Brazil, positive influences are scarce. The heavy presence of gangs, drugs, verbal and physical aggression and unstable family situations result in youth having low self-esteem and a distorted sense of identity. With this gift, you help local Compassion centres to create relevant, gospel-focused resources to introduce youth to the good news of Jesus, helping them to learn all aspects of the gospel in a positive discipleship setting.

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Moms & Babies

Did you know that the current average income for caregivers in Tanzania is about CA$1.70 per day? This amount is not nearly enough for a new mother to provide her baby with the proper nutrition, clothing and care they need to survive. With this gift, you help 30 moms and caregivers in Compassion’s Survival program in Tanzania to receive a year-long training in starting their own business, as well as all necessary facilities and materials—all to gain a sustainable income to provide for their babies!

Empowering moms is crucial in breaking the cycle of poverty. With this gift, you provide moms with the training and tools they need to develop new skills and enhance old ones—all so they can confidently secure jobs to help them provide for their families. When equipped and empowered, moms can make better decisions and choices for themselves and their families.

When you give the gift of Job Skills Training for Moms, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Moms and Babies Fund.

Many new moms and caregivers living in poverty lack the essential items needed to care for a newborn baby. With this gift, you give caregivers the basic supplies they need—items like blankets, soap, lotion and diapers—to ensure their baby is healthy and thriving. This hand-delivered gift from Compassion centre staff helps new caregivers know they are supported, loved and not alone.

When you give a Newborn Care Package, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Moms and Babies Fund.

The first year of a child’s life is critical. Without proper medical care and growth monitoring, irreversible damage can be done. With this gift, you help ensure that new parents living in poverty have access to essential medical services for their baby in those first critical 12 months.

When you give the gift of Baby Medical Care, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Moms and Babies Fund.

Proper nutrition is critical for moms and babies living in extreme poverty. With this gift, you provide a mother and her baby with six months’ worth of supplemental food and nutrition, which is vital to ensure that moms and babies not only survive but thrive.

When you give the gift of Food for Mom and Baby, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Moms and Babies Fund.

The risks for expectant mothers in poverty are significant. And tragically, maternal mortality rates are unacceptably high in low-resource settings. But with this gift, you provide an expectant mother with the resources she needs to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery—such as medical care, regular check-ups, proper nutrition and education.

When you give the gift of Prenatal Healthcare, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Moms and Babies Fund.

Did you know that most of the millions of children who die every year do so in their first year of life from preventable causes? When you give to the Moms and Babies Fund, you can change this tragic reality. Your gift provides tangible care and life-saving support for moms and babies living in poverty. This includes prenatal healthcare, checkups, critical medical care, desperately needed food and newborn essentials.
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Health & Wellness

In June of 2022, Betty started having difficulty hearing. After a series of tests, doctors diagnosed her with bilateral profound hearing loss. Since her diagnosis, she has struggled with communicating with her family, friends and teachers. Her interest in school and social activities has diminished. With this gift, you provide Betty with cochlear implant surgery and one year of speech therapy to help restore her hearing and her speech, giving her renewed hope.

In Burkina Faso, roughly one million people are living with sickle cell disease, the most prevalent inherited disease in Africa. Proper management and awareness are crucial to improving health outcomes for children and families. With your gift, you can provide children with a screening to identify their status. This gift also includes counselling for caregivers, which supports them in understanding the risks of the condition, the treatment needed and early intervention strategies as trait carriers.

For girls in poverty, managing their menstrual health safely and with dignity is accompanied by many obstacles. This impacts their health, education, social life, self-esteem and more. With this gift, you can ensure that girls are educated, empowered and equipped to manage their menstrual health so they can thrive.

Adolescence is a vital time of development for girls. Many things can hinder a girl’s healthy development in a country with high rates of child marriage and teen pregnancy. That’s why 17 Compassion centres in Brazil are seeking to develop a special workshop for 5,000 teen girls to develop healthy self-esteem and body image and prevent early marriage and pregnancy. Your gift provides teens with attendance to the workshop and all workbooks and learning materials.

Did you know that diseases carried by mosquitos, such as malaria, dengue and Zika, cause millions of deaths every year? These diseases are preventable. Your gift helps to protect vulnerable children from mosquito-borne diseases through mosquito net distribution and preventative education.

When you give Mosquito-Borne Disease Prevention, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Health and Wellness Fund.

Most low- and middle-income countries are unable to provide services to prevent and treat oral health conditions. This can have devastating effects on the lives of children, as common oral health issues only become more severe when left alone. Your gift provides children with immediate dental treatment, toothbrushes and oral health workshops to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime.

When you give Dental Kits, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Health and Wellness Fund.

A diet lacking protein, fruits and vegetables is all too common for a child living in extreme poverty. This is exacerbated when facing a global food crisis, with acute food insecurity more prevalent than ever. Your gift helps fight malnutrition in a child’s life by providing supplemental, protein-rich food, vitamins and medical care to help them grow healthy and strong.

When you give Food for Malnourished Children, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Health and Wellness Fund.

When you give to the Health and Wellness Fund, you provide children and their families with the resources to meet their most critical health needs and prevent disease and health complications in the future. This fund covers things such as mosquito nets, dental kits, food for malnourished children, access to medical care and preventative health education for children, youth and families.

Stepright is a 13-year-old girl from Ghana who was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis as an infant. This condition has impeded her ability to walk, go to school and experience healthy development alongside her peers. She was referred to Focos Orthopedic Hospital in Ghana’s capital city of Accra, where she has already had two surgeries. To complete her treatment, she requires a third surgery. Your gift helps fund this surgery, paving the way for a thriving future for Stepright.

Did you know that eye problems are responsible for up to 20 per cent of cases of low student performance? A Compassion centre in Brazil wants to ensure that no child in their community experiences this. Your gift provides an eye exam for one child, as well as glasses if needed.

Johan is an 8-year-old boy from Nicaragua who has suffered for two years from a severely painful benign tumour on his left foot and ankle called a hemangioma. He has great difficulty walking and is not able to afford the medical care needed to help him heal. Your gift provides Johan with the means to undergo an operation to remove the tumour, as well as medications, therapy and equipment for his recovery.

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Did you know that in rural Nicaragua, 69.5% of families live without access to a safe drinking water supply? Much of this is due to widespread groundwater pollution. This leads to major health issues like infections, skin diseases, malnutrition and even kidney failure. Your gift will construct a drinking water purification and bottling plant at two Compassion centres serving families in the community. It will also help start a small water company providing bottled water to the community at affordable prices.

If you would like to fund the full cost of a Drinking Water Purification Facility, our team would love to support you. Connect with us today.

Did you know that over half of Burkina Faso’s population lives without access to safe water? Much of this is due to the country’s lack of connection to the national water grid, its extreme weather conditions and lack of funds to drill boreholes. With this gift, you are providing two solar-powered mechanized boreholes for two Compassion centres in Burkina Faso, giving safe water access to 325 Compassion children and 925 caregivers, siblings and community members.

Water is essential to life. This means that access to clean water is a right that every child should have. With your gift, you ensure children have easy, consistent and safe access to clean water through boreholes, wells, rainwater harvesting systems or water filters. With solutions that fit with each child’s context for maximum impact, this gift helps children not just survive but thrive.

When you give Access to Clean Water, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund.

Did you know that more than half of the global population doesn’t have access to safe sanitation facilities? Access to a clean washroom is critical in preventing the spread of deadly infectious diseases like cholera. Your gift helps fund the construction of safe washrooms, giving hundreds of children dignity and protection from disease.

When you give Washrooms, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund.

Did you know that hand washing could prevent more than a million unnecessary deaths for children under the age of five each year? It is crucial for children to regularly wash their hands in order to stay healthy. This gift will bring life-saving access to hand washing facilities in the communities of vulnerable children and their families.

When you give Hand Washing Stations, your gift will go to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund.

Water, sanitation and hygiene are some of our most basic needs, and a lack of access to them can be deadly. With this gift, you ensure that children around the world have clean water to drink, the ability to practice good hygiene, and protection from deadly diseases through things such as washrooms, hand washing stations and hygiene education.

Safe drinking water is essential for a child’s survival. But in most rural communities in Ghana, accessing clean water is an incredible challenge. Many women and children spend hours of the day in search of clean water, while others resort to using contaminated streams in the village. Your gift provides boreholes for 445 children and their families at two Compassion centres in Western Ghana so they can have regular access to safe water right in their community.

An estimated 60 per cent of water in El Salvador is contaminated. There are 28 Compassion centres in El Salvador located in coastal areas that are particularly impacted by water stress and contamination, leading to high rates of health problems. Your gift provides a home water filtration system to a family in one of these communities, including installation and training on using the filter. It’s more than just clean water—it’s the gift of health and hygiene!
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Safety & Stability

The devastation of losing your home to an environmental disaster is all too familiar to many families living in poverty. In Uganda, nine families recently lost their homes due to heavy rains and one to a tragic fire. Your gift helps to rebuild a safe home designed to withstand extreme weather for one family in need in the aftermath of disaster.

A local Compassion centre is a safe haven for children living in poverty. With hundreds of kids participating in programming each week, it’s vital that Compassion centre facilities are updated and equipped to meet the needs of centre staff and the children and youth they serve. One Compassion centre in Honduras has identified the need for new classrooms, while another needs a kitchen. Your gift helps to construct these essential facilities that will become beacons of hope in their communities.
In Pernambuco and Maranhão, Brazil, floods and landslides have been increasingly common and devastating. But many people in these communities lack the infrastructure to prepare for these disasters and reduce risk. This gift equips Compassion centres to carry out a disaster preparedness training program with youth aged 12-18 and their parents and caregivers. This gift protects the most vulnerable in the face of environmental disaster—before it even occurs.
Around the world, there is significant inequality in access to electricity between rural and urban areas. For Compassion church partners located in rural areas, the lack of access to electricity impacts their ability to serve children and families. Solar power has the potential to alleviate these interruptions and ensure consistent access to electricity. Your gift helps to provide two Compassion centres in rural Ethiopia with electricity through solar panels, leading to improved quality of life and health and education outcomes.

Poverty increases a child’s risk of abuse, trafficking, child marriage, child labour and other forms of exploitation. During times of crisis, these risks only increase. This gift enables Compassion centres to run child protection workshops for caregivers and community members, equipping them to ensure that children are known, loved and protected at home, at school and in the community.

When you give a Child Protection Workshop, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Safety and Stability Fund.

In the past two years, hunger and food insecurity have been on the rise. In times like these, it’s the most vulnerable who experience the harshest impact. Families in poverty are facing acute hunger, sometimes surviving on as little as one small meal a day. Your gift provides a food pack to a family in need. Each food pack includes essentials like rice, oils, oats, milk, corn and meat.

When you give an Emergency Food Pack for a Family, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Safety and Stability Fund.

Amidst rising global hunger, the reality of trying to put food on the table can feel like a challenge with no reprieve for those who live in poverty. The gift of a meal helps caregivers fill hungry stomachs and provides tangible hope to families amidst this daily struggle.

When you give a Meal for a Family, your gift goes to the Gifts of Compassion Safety and Stability Fund.

When you give to the Safety and Stability Fund, you provide vital essentials such as housing support, emergency food packs and infrastructure improvements to families and communities in need, often in the face of crises or environmental disasters. This fund also supports caregivers and communities in accessing training such as child protection workshops, ensuring safer communities where children are known, loved and protected.

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Give to our Where Most Needed Fund to enable our local church partners to respond to the most pressing needs of children and families living in poverty. Our church partners are uniquely positioned to know the needs of their communities and how to respond. Your gift provides the resources they need to do so.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Gifts of Compassion work?

Each gift in our guide meets a real need of children and families living in poverty, identified by our local church partners around the world. These gifts are designed to allow children and families living in poverty to have the resources, security, health, skills and opportunities they need to overcome poverty and thrive now and into the future.

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What does it mean when my gift goes towards a “fund”?

When you give a gift that goes towards a fund, you are helping to meet some of the most common needs of the children and families we serve as identified by our local church partners. 

Because these needs are so common, your gift could go to any one of our 8,000 local church partners around the world at any given time, depending on the needs. This ensures that your gift is given to the right family at the right time. 

The word “fund” might make it sound like your gifts are sitting in a bucket somewhere, but rest assured it’s quite the opposite: fund gifts meet some of the most urgent needs identified by our local church partners.

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Why do some gifts have a progress bar and others do not?

Gifts that have a progress bar raise funds for a specific need in a specific community as identified by one or a small group of our local church partners. These gifts have a goal that shows exactly how much it will cost to fund the entire project or program.

Once a specific gift is fully funded and the need is met in full, we won’t be raising funds for it anymore. Instead, we’ll add new gifts as our local church partners express the needs of their communities or we’ll invite you to give towards other related gifts. That means not every gift you see in our gift guide will be available forever. So, if you see something you want to give towards, make sure to do it sooner than later!

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Where can I learn about Compassion’s financial integrity?

Financial integrity matters to us. We take your trust seriously and are committed to faithfully stewarding the funds you give.

No less than 80 per cent of funds raised will be used for program activities. No more than 20 per cent will be used for fundraising and administration.

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Who is Compassion?

As one of the world's leading child development organizations, Compassion’s mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Over the last 70 years, Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by partnering with local churches to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty.

Today, Compassion partners with over 8,000 churches in 29 countries to deliver our proven child development program to more than 2 million infants, children and youth. Around the world, children, families and entire communities are being empowered to overcome poverty and thrive both now and into the future. 

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No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.