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Gabriel 

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Guatemala

Birthday

June 24, 2017

Age

Age: 6

Gender

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Boy

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Sandrine 

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Burkina Faso

Birthday

December 8, 2005

Age

Age: 17

Gender

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Girl

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Blaise 

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Togo

Birthday

February 3, 2008

Age

Age: 15

Gender

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Boy

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Mathias 

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Colombia

Birthday

June 9, 2021

Age

Age: 2

Gender

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Boy

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Meet Gabriel

Gabriel is 6 years old and lives in Guatemala.

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Country: Guatemala

Birthday: June 24, 2017 (6 years old)

Gender: Boy

Gabriel lives with his mother. Gabriel's mother is Regularly Employed. Her occupation is Homemaker. Gabriel has 3 siblings living in the household. Gabriel helps with the following duties at home: Cleaning and Making Beds. Gabriel's favourite activities and interests include: Hide and Seek, Running, and Sports. Activities that Gabriel enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church and Bible Class. At the compassion centre Gabriel's favourite activities are: Learning about God and Dancing and / or Drama. Gabriel attends school. He is in the equivalent of kindergarten. His performance in school is Average. Gabriel's family lives in the area of Villa de Chiantla in Guatemala.

Gabriel's Country Details

Mountains and rugged highlands dominate much of Guatemala's landscape. The Pacific plain is a narrow belt between mountains and the ocean. In the southern highlands, the most populous region is Guatemala City and to the north is jungle.

More than half of Guatemalans descend from Mayan peoples and reflect the culture of their ancestors. The great Mayan empire flourished throughout much of Guatemala for over a thousand years but entered a period of decline and political turmoil from the 11th to the 15th century. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1523, the remaining cities and kingdoms were quickly conquered. In 1821, the country gained independence from Spain. Since then, Guatemala's politics have been marked by rivalries and insurgencies. After a series of coups, short-lived rulers and ever-increasing protests and repression, civil war erupted in the 1960s and lasted until a peace accord was signed in 1996. Since then, Guatemala has seen increased economic and political stability but continues to struggle with political discontent, crime and poverty.

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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!