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Maria 

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Brazil

Birthday

February 28, 2021

Age

Age: 3

Gender

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Girl

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Edwin 

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Ghana

Birthday

October 16, 2021

Age

Age: 2

Gender

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Boy

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Vincent 

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Kenya

Birthday

January 2, 2016

Age

Age: 8

Gender

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Boy

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Epafroditus 

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Indonesia

Birthday

August 16, 2021

Age

Age: 2

Gender

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Boy

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Meet Maria

Maria is 3 years old and lives in Brazil.

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Country: Brazil

Birthday: February 28, 2021 (3 years old)

Gender: Girl

I live with my mother in the Floresta area. The primary language where I live is Portuguese. I like clapping my hands and listening to stories. My favourite activity at church is Vacation Bible School. My favourite activity at the centre is listening to Bible stories. I am not attending school because I am too young.

Maria's Country Details

Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. Despite its vast size, almost the entire population lives in a 200-mile-wide zone bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly half the country is taken up by the Amazon basin, a huge network of rivers and jungles.

Most Brazilians are of Portuguese or mixed European and African or Indigenous descent. Brazil was formerly a colony of Portugal, and many Africans were brought to Brazil as slaves. Brazil is widely known for its samba music, dance and vibrant celebrations like Carnaval. Portuguese is the national language, and most people practise Roman Catholicism.

Originally inhabited by Indigenous peoples, Brazil was claimed by Portugal as a colony in 1500. Portuguese rule lasted until 1822 when the colony declared its independence and established an independent monarchy. The monarchy ruled until 1889 when Brazil became a republic. A series of military coups disrupted civil liberties until 1979 when Brazil began to shift more toward democratic norms. Regular popular elections finally resumed in 1989. Brazil has gone through periods of alternating expansion and recession since the 1990s, often provoking protests over government policies and political corruption.

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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?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Is sponsorship still relevant during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis?

During the pandemic, we saw firsthand the impact of crises on children in poverty. We also saw how powerful sponsorship can be in equipping local churches to respond in specific, effective and life-changing ways. As we continue to see multifaceted crises impacting children around the world, we know that the need for sponsorship remains urgent. We are more confident than ever that your commitment to sponsorship truly allows children, families and communities to be deeply known, loved and protected through it all.

Why do you work with local churches?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they know the names and faces of the children in their community and can best understand and respond to their challenges. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need with compassion and through the love of God.

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. In this way the physical, spiritual, emotional and relational needs for children are met as they are empowered to overcome poverty in all its forms.

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.

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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!