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Raf-raf

  • Country: Philippines
  • D.O.B: June 5, 2018
  • Age: 2

  • Gender: Boy
318
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B-girl

  • Country: Philippines
  • D.O.B: July 12, 2014
  • Age: 6

  • Gender: Girl
319
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Trixie

  • Country: Philippines
  • D.O.B: January 6, 2016
  • Age: 4

  • Gender: Girl
286
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Arthur

  • Country: Philippines
  • D.O.B: December 10, 2008
  • Age: 11

  • Gender: Boy
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Meet Raf-raf
Raf-raf is 2 years old and lives in Philippines.
PH6090518 | Days Waiting: 374
Country: Philippines
Birthday: June 5, 2018 (2 years old)
Gender: Boy

Raf-raf lives with his mother and father. Raf-raf's mother is not employed. Raf-raf's father is sometimes employed. His occupation is: Day Labor / Different Jobs. Raf-raf has a sibling living in the household. Raf-raf is not required to help with family duties at home due to age.Raf-raf's favourite activities and interests include: Art or Drawing, Clapping hands to rhythm, Walking.Activities that Raf-raf enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church. At the compassion centre Raf-raf's favourite activities are: Snack / Meal Time.Raf-raf does not attend school. He is in the equivalent of kindergarten.Raf-raf's family lives in the area of Santa Cruz, Jimenez in Philippines.

Raf-raf'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 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 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.
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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.
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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 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.

How is sponsorship impacted during the COVID-19 crisis?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are empowering the local church to use your sponsorship donations to meet urgent and critical needs of families with children/youth registered in the program. Funds previously used at the child development centres can now be directed as needed to children and their families for necessities like food, clean water, shelter, clothing, household items, and even medical care and trauma counselling. You can learn more about our COVID response and the impact of the pandemic on our program here.

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. Learn More

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!