Sponsor with Compassion

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

  • Country: Philippines
  • D.O.B: November 15, 2011
  • Age: 4

  • Gender: Boy
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Nestor

  • Country: Burkina Faso
  • D.O.B: December 31, 2011
  • Age: 4

  • Gender: Boy
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Jeremy

  • Country: Nicaragua
  • D.O.B: April 24, 2010
  • Age: 6

  • Gender: Boy
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Martine

  • Country: Burkina Faso
  • D.O.B: February 21, 1998
  • Age: 18

  • Gender: Girl
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Meet Ethan Joshua Parinasan
Ethan is 4 years old and lives in Philippines.
PH9210564 | Days Waiting: 86
Country: Philippines
Birthday: November 15, 2011 (4 years old)
Gender: Boy

Ethan lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Ethan works at home running errands. There are 5 children in the family. Art is Ethan's favourite activity. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends vacation Bible school.Please remember Ethan in your prayers. Your love and support help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.

Ethan's Country Details

North to south, 7,107 islands spread over 1,150 miles in the western Pacific Ocean to make up the country of the Philippines. About 95 percent of the population lives on the 11 largest islands. In the tropical lowlands, the climate is usually hot, humid, and rainy.

Philippine society is known for its tradition of strong family loyalty, respect for women, recognition of the mother in the family as teacher of values, and a commitment to working together in a community spirit called bayanihan.

For centuries, the Philippine Islands have been the crossroads of many cultures, including the Middle East, India, and China, which all came to trade. In 1521, Spaniard Ferdinand Magellan reached the islands, and Spain ruled them until 1898. The Philippines was granted independence from Japanese control in 1946, after Japan's defeat in World War II. Since 1986, when the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos was toppled, the Philippines has enjoyed political stability and steady economic growth.

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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 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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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.

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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.

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!