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Smyley 

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Haiti

Birthday

June 12, 2016

Age

Age: 7

Gender

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Boy

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Sherly 

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Guatemala

Birthday

August 14, 2013

Age

Age: 10

Gender

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Girl

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Endekalu 

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Ethiopia

Birthday

January 2, 2019

Age

Age: 5

Gender

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Boy

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Miguel 

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El Salvador

Birthday

January 22, 2013

Age

Age: 11

Gender

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Boy

Portrait of Smyley

Meet Smyley

Smyley is 7 years old and lives in Haiti.

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Country: Haiti

Birthday: June 12, 2016 (7 years old)

Gender: Boy

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Haiti has been identified as country that is highly vulnerable to food shortages during the global food crisis. Sponsorship can help Smyley and his family get the nourishment they need.

I live with my mother in the Bas-limbé area. The primary language where I live is Creole. I like basketball, bicycling, group games and jacks. My favourite activities at church are Sunday school, Bible class, camp and Vacation Bible School. My favourite activities at the centre are learning about God, singing songs, listening to Bible stories and playing sports. I am in the equivalent of grade 1. My favourite subject is Art.

Smyley's Country Details

Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. Although it is tropical, mountains cut Haiti off from the moist trade winds that water the side of the island occupied by the Dominican Republic. The climate varies between humid lowlands and arid uplands, and about two-thirds of Haiti's rough terrain is unsuitable for farming.

Haiti is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and is the poorest in the Americas. Most Haitians are subsistence farmers who cultivate small plots of land around their mud-and-thatch homes. These homes are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes and hurricanes, which have devastated Haiti in the past, in particular in 2010, when the capital of Port-au-Prince was hit by a powerful seismic shock.

In 1492, Columbus landed on Hispaniola, and the island became the centre of Spanish rule in the West Indies. Soon, the majority of the Indigenous people had died by disease or at the hand of the Spaniards, and slaves were brought from Africa to populate the island. Later, the French took possession of the island. In 1804, the island won independence as the republic of Haiti. Forty years later, the eastern part of the island split off as the Dominican Republic. Since then, Haiti has had a troubled history. In 1991 a military coup forced thousands to seek asylum in the U.S. In 1994, the president returned from exile, and military rule was abolished. Later, instability forced the president to flee the country again in 2004, and an international stabilization team was sent to help keep order. Elections resumed in 2006.

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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!