Sponsor with Compassion

Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program gives children the skills and
opportunities to overcome poverty.
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  • Country: Nicaragua
  • D.O.B: August 16, 2004
  • Age: 12

  • Gender: Boy
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  • Country: Tanzania
  • D.O.B: October 3, 2009
  • Age: 7

  • Gender: Boy
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  • Country: Brazil
  • D.O.B: July 9, 2012
  • Age: 4

  • Gender: Boy
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  • Country: Uganda
  • D.O.B: September 26, 2012
  • Age: 4

  • Gender: Girl
Portrait of Adrian Javier Ruiz Ortiz
Meet Adrian Javier Ruiz Ortiz
Adrian is 12 years old and lives in Nicaragua.
NI1420443 | Days Waiting: 204
Country: Nicaragua
Birthday: August 16, 2004 (12 years old)
Gender: Boy

Adrian lives with his grandmother. He is responsible for caring for animals, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His grandmother maintains the home. As part of Compassion's ministry, Adrian participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. There are 3 children in the family. Soccer, playing with marbles and art are his favourite activities. Because of your sponsorship, Adrian has new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.

Adrian's Country Details

With the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Nicaragua is the second largest country in Middle America. The eastern coastal plains rise to central interior mountains, and the narrow Pacific coastal plain is interrupted by volcanoes. The climate is tropical in the lowlands and cooler in the highlands.

The Nicaraguan population is more urban than rural, and mostly of European and Indian ancestry. Spanish is the official language, but on the Caribbean coast indigenous languages are also spoken.

In 1524, Hernandez de Cordoba founded the first permanent Spanish settlements in the region. Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821, briefly becoming a part of the Mexican Empire. In 1838, Nicaragua became an independent republic. The country began free-market reforms in 1991, after 12 years of economic free-fall under the Sandinista regime. Despite some initial setbacks, it has made dramatic progress. Nicaragua is primarily an agricultural country, but construction, mining, fisheries, exports, and general commerce have added to its stability and the well-being of its people.

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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!