Sponsor with Compassion

Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program gives children the skills and
opportunities to overcome poverty.
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  • Country: Peru
  • D.O.B: July 24, 2006
  • Age: 13

  • Gender: Girl
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  • Country: Indonesia
  • D.O.B: April 4, 2017
  • Age: 2

  • Gender: Boy
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  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • D.O.B: August 12, 2011
  • Age: 8

  • Gender: Boy
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  • Country: Ecuador
  • D.O.B: February 1, 2006
  • Age: 13

  • Gender: Boy
Portrait of Yadith Santos Criollo
Meet Yadith Santos Criollo
Yadith is 13 years old and lives in Peru.
PE5730158 | Days Waiting: 183
Country: Peru
Birthday: July 24, 2006 (13 years old)
Gender: Girl

Yadith lives with her mother and father. Yadith's mother is sometimes employed. Her occupation is: Agriculture / Farmer. Yadith's father is sometimes employed. His occupation is: Agriculture / Farmer. Yadith has siblings living in the household. Yadith helps with the following duties at home: Running Errands.Yadith's favourite activities and interests include: Ball Games, Volleyball or Handball.Activities that Yadith enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church. At the compassion centre Yadith's favourite activities are: Learning about God. Yadith attends school. She is in the equivalent of grade 7.Yadith's favourite subject is math. Her performance in school is average.Yadith's family lives in the area of Miraflores in Peru.

Yadith's Country Details

Peru is divided into three regions: the heavily populated coastal plain; the Andes Mountains, where cattle and agriculture predominate; and the humid eastern lowlands, inhabited by isolated Indian tribes.

Three out of four Peruvians live in cities. Nearly half are Indians, and many are mestizo-descended from Spanish and Indian ancestry. Spanish and Quechua are Peru's official languages; Roman Catholicism is its state religion.

When Spaniard Francisco Pizarro landed in Peru in 1532, the Incas ruled a vast empire rich in silver and gold, which soon fell to the conquistadors. Spain ruled the area until 1821, when Peru won its independence. Since then, Peru's government has alternated between military and civilian dictators and reform-minded leaders. During the 1970s and 1980s, the country struggled with inflation, a decline in per capita income, and guerrilla violence. The 1990s have seen a strengthened economy and increased stability, although the government has been criticized for human rights violations.

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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 giving them the opportunity to hear about and experience the love of Jesus from caring local church staff and volunteers.

How does sponsorship help kids?

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.
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.
The love and support of a local church and the opportunity to hear about Jesus Because Compassion partners with local churches, children are connected to a local Christian community where they have the opportunity to hear the gospel from caring church staff and volunteers.
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?

Absolutely not! We encourage children and families of all faiths and backgrounds to register in our programs and would never require or coerce anyone to convert to Christianity./p> Learn More

At Compassion, we take financial stewardship seriously.

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Compassion Canada is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This year, 84.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefiting the children we serve, and 15.3 per cent for support services.

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!