Sponsor with Compassion

Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program gives children the skills and
opportunities to overcome poverty.
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Priwan

  • Country: Thailand
  • D.O.B: December 23, 2008
  • Age: 9

  • Gender: Boy
191
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Harold

  • Country: Honduras
  • D.O.B: June 22, 2004
  • Age: 13

  • Gender: Boy
263
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Jose

  • Country: El Salvador
  • D.O.B: April 22, 2012
  • Age: 5

  • Gender: Boy
108
Days Waiting
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Given

  • Country: Indonesia
  • D.O.B: April 30, 2016
  • Age: 1

  • Gender: Boy
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Meet Priwan Saelee
Priwan is 9 years old and lives in Thailand.
TH8070332 | Days Waiting: 121
Country: Thailand
Birthday: December 23, 2008 (9 years old)
Gender: Boy

Priwan lives with his mother. Priwan's mother is sometimes employed. Her occupation is: Day Labor / Different Jobs. Priwan has siblings living in the household. Priwan helps with the following duties at home: Animal Care, Carries Water, Child Care, Cleaning, Gardening Or Farming, Kitchen Help, Making Beds, Washing Clothes. Priwan's favourite activities and interests include: Art or Drawing, Bicycling, Dolls, Group Games, Hide and Seek, Jacks, Jump Rope, Marbles, Music, Musical Instrument, Running, Soccer or Football, Toy Cars. Activities that Priwan enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church, Bible Class. At the compassion centre Priwan's favourite activities are: Learning about God, Listening to Bible Stories, Participating in Service Activities, Playing Sports, Snack / Meal Time, Spending Time with Friends. Priwan attends school. He is in the equivalent of grade 2. Priwan's favourite subject is physical education. His performance in school is average. Priwan's family lives in the area of Bann Huay Nam Sai in Thailand.

Priwan's Country Details

Thailand's central region is a rich agricultural area called Asia's rice bowl. The northeast is poor and suffers seasonal droughts or floods. The north has forested mountains and fertile valleys. Rain forest claims the south. Thailand's tropical climate is dominated by monsoons, high temperatures, and humidity.

Compassion works mainly among the Karen, Lisu, and Lahu tribes. The Karen of western Thailand live by wet rice farming, although some are mahouts, keepers and drivers of elephants, who work hauling logs in the teak forests. Many Karen are Christian. The Lisu live in remote villages at high altitudes, largely concentrated in northern Thailand. The Lahu, mountain people of northern Thailand, farm rice and maize and hunt with poisoned arrows.

Founded in the thirteenth century, Thailand is the only country in South and Southeast Asia never colonized by a European power. Since 1975, Thailand has provided asylum for refugees from Communist Indochina. For its aid, Thailand has received acclaim from international organizations supporting refugee relief.

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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?

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Formal and non-formal educational opportunitiesCompassion 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.
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Health care, hygiene training and supplementary foodKids 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.
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Age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleshipChildren 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.
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Personal attention, guidance and loveChildren 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!