Sponsor with Compassion

Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program gives children the skills and
opportunities to overcome poverty.
loading
53
Days Waiting
child portrait

Cristopher

  • Country: Guatemala
  • D.O.B: May 21, 2012
  • Age: 4

  • Gender: Boy
407
Days Waiting
child portrait

Alan

  • Country: Mexico
  • D.O.B: August 26, 2008
  • Age: 7

  • Gender: Boy
54
Days Waiting
child portrait

Namanya

  • Country: Uganda
  • D.O.B: September 16, 1999
  • Age: 16

  • Gender: Boy
53
Days Waiting
child portrait

Wisti

  • Country: Indonesia
  • D.O.B: March 5, 2008
  • Age: 8

  • Gender: Girl
Portrait of Cristopher Antony Macario Maldonado
Meet Cristopher Antony Macario Maldonado
Cristopher is 4 years old and lives in Guatemala.
GU9270862 | Days Waiting: 53
Country: Guatemala
Birthday: May 21, 2012 (4 years old)
Gender: Boy

Cristopher lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. Cristopher works at home gathering firewood and cleaning. Cristopher is not presently attending school. Soccer, playing with cars and bicycling are his favourite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.Please remember Cristopher in your prayers. Your love and support help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.

Cristopher's Country Details

Mountains and rugged highlands dominate Guatemala's landscape. The Pacific plain is a narrow belt between mountains and ocean. In the southern highlands, the most populous region, is Guatemala City, and to the north is jungle.

More than half of Guatemalans descend from Mayan Indians and reflect the culture of their ancestors. The great Mayan empire flourished throughout much of Guatemala for more than a thousand years before the Spanish conquest in 1524. In 1821, the country gained independence from Spain. Since then, Guatemala's politics have been marked by rivalries and insurgencies. After a series of coups, short-lived rulers, and ever-increasing protest and repression, civil war erupted in the 1960s. Several attempts have been made to end the decades-old dispute, the most recent of which was the 1996 signing of peace accords.

African children playing

Compassion’s ministry is focused on what we call holistic child development. This means developing children in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships while discovering God’s love for them in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How does sponsorship help kids?

sponsorship_education
Formal and non-formal educational opportunities

Compassion assists children with their primary school education and gives opportunities to attend secondary school, as well as providing vocational training opportunities and extra-curricular activities such as sports, field trips, music and computer training.

sponsorship-medical
Health care, hygiene training and supplementary food

Kids get a healthy snack or meal when they attend program activities, receive regular health check-ups, and learn how to take care of their bodies and form healthy relationships.

sponsorship-bible1
Age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship

Children are introduced to the good news of how God has shown his love for the world by sending Jesus Christ and how this good news changes everything in our lives.

sponsorship-leadership
Personal attention, guidance and love

Children are cared for and invested in by members of their own communities, who encourage them to discover their unique gifts, passions and abilities. Their sponsors also play an important role in this through their prayers and letters.

Why do you work with local churches?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they can best understand and respond to the challenges in their communities. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need.

We equip our local church partners with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty. Each church is empowered to implement the program in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve.


Do kids need to be Christian to be in Compassion’s program?

Compassion helps people in a way that protects their dignity as human beings made in the image of God. That’s why we accept people of all faiths into our programs and don’t require or coerce them to change. However, ending poverty requires dealing with every aspect of people’s beings—including telling them about God’s love for them in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Learn More

Does child development really work?

You bet! According to independent research, Compassion kids are:

  • 27–40 per cent more likely to finish secondary education;
  • about 35 per cent more likely to have white collar employment as adults; and
  • 40–70 per cent more likely to become church leaders

…than their unsponsored peers. When you sponsor with Compassion, you are making a significant and long-term difference to your child’s future!


At Compassion, we take financial stewardship seriously.

This year, 85.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefitting the children we serve, and 14.3 per cent for fundraising and administrative expenses.

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the Better Business Bureau of Canada, Compassion is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity.

This commitment goes beyond Canada. For 13 consecutive years, Charity Navigator has awarded Compassion International its highest rating — four-stars — for responsible financial management.


Today, children around the world are discovering that poverty doesn’t have to be their future. Help one more do the same by sponsoring with Compassion!