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September 16, 2011


Age: 11




Portrait of Sofi

Meet Sofi

Sofi is 11 years old and lives in Colombia.


Country: Colombia

Birthday: September 16, 2011 (11 years old)

Gender: Girl

Sofi lives with her mother. Sofi's mother is Regularly Employed. Sofi has 6 siblings living in the household. Sofi helps with the following duties at home: Cleaning. Sofi's favourite activities and interests include: Bicycling and Sports. Activities that Sofi enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church. At the compassion centre Sofi's favourite activities are: Singing Songs. Sofi attends school. She is in the equivalent of grade 4. Sofi's favourite subject is Language. Her performance in school is Below Average. Sofi's family lives in the area of 11 de Noviembre in Colombia.

Sofi's Country Details

Colombia is marked by three parallel mountain ranges of the Andes mountain chain. Vast stretches of lowlands to the east of the mountains are thinly populated and only partly explored. About 73 percent of the population is urban, and most are Roman Catholic. The racial makeup of the country includes mestizo (mixed Spanish and Native American), European, mulatto (mixed black and white), black, and Native American ancestry. Spanish is the official language.

Early in the nineteenth century, the country won its independence from Spain, and the great revolutionary Simón Bolívar became first president of the new republic. A new constitution was adopted in 1886, and the present basic structure of the country was established. The first half of the twentieth century was one of severe political turmoil between liberal and conservative political factions. The National Front brought a measure of stability to the country in the 1960s, but since then, Colombia has been plagued by political corruption, drug wars, guerrilla activity, and terrorist violence.

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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 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.
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.
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 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!