Sponsor with Compassion

Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program gives children the skills and
opportunities to overcome poverty.
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  • Country: El Salvador
  • D.O.B: May 31, 2013
  • Age: 6

  • Gender: Girl
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  • Country: Ethiopia
  • D.O.B: December 31, 2015
  • Age: 4

  • Gender: Boy
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  • Country: Ecuador
  • D.O.B: February 11, 2018
  • Age: 1

  • Gender: Girl
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  • Country: Burkina Faso
  • D.O.B: February 6, 2016
  • Age: 3

  • Gender: Boy
Portrait of Ana Alicia Martinez Magaña
Meet Ana Alicia Martinez Magaña
Alicia is 6 years old and lives in El Salvador.
ES5160914 | Days Waiting: 260
Country: El Salvador
Birthday: May 31, 2013 (6 years old)
Gender: Girl

Alicia lives with her mother. Alicia's mother is sometimes employed. Her occupation is: Homemaker. Alicia has siblings living in the household. Alicia helps with the following duties at home: No Household Duties - Too Young.Alicia's favourite activities and interests include: Art or Drawing, Dancing, Dolls, Sports.Activities that Alicia enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church. At the compassion centre Alicia's favourite activities are: Learning about God, Playing Games, Snack / Meal Time. Alicia attends school. She is in the equivalent of grade 1.Alicia's favourite subject is art. Her performance in school is average.Alicia's family lives in the area of Tacuba in El Salvador.

Alicia's Country Details

Most El Salvadorans live in the country's subtropical central region of valleys and plateaus. A hot coastal plain lies in the south, and the north is mountainous. Nearly all the land is farmed; coffee is grown in the mountains.

Eighty-nine percent of El Salvador's population is of mixed Indian and Spanish descent. About 60 percent live in rural areas. Although a few Indians have retained many of their old customs and traditions, most people have adopted the Spanish language and culture.

The smallest and most densely populated country in Central America, El Salvador was claimed by the Spanish in 1525. Almost 300 years later, El Salvador declared its independence and, after a brief union with Mexico, joined with four other Central American countries to form a federation. When this union ended in 1838, El Salvador became a republic. The country experienced a period of increasing unrest during the 1970s that culminated in a civil war in the 1980s. In 1992, a peace agreement was reached.

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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.

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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!