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Boanerge 

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Nicaragua

Birthday

November 15, 2015

Age

Age: 8

Gender

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Boy

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Dilshan 

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Sri Lanka

Birthday

June 25, 2020

Age

Age: 3

Gender

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Boy

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Zayden Liam 

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Philippines

Birthday

July 21, 2021

Age

Age: 2

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Boy

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Edem 

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Ghana

Birthday

May 10, 2018

Age

Age: 5

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Boy

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Meet Boanerge

Boanerge is 8 years old and lives in Nicaragua.

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Country: Nicaragua

Birthday: November 15, 2015 (8 years old)

Gender: Boy

I live with my mother and father in the Siuna area. The primary language where I live is Spanish. My father is sometimes employed as a driver. At home, the chores and duties I'm responsible for are animal care, carrying water, cleaning and running errands. I like group games, jumping, rolling balls and running. My favourite activities at church are Sunday school and Bible class. My favourite activity at the centre is learning about God. I am in the equivalent of grade 3. My favourite subject is Language.

Boanerge's Country Details

With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Nicaragua is a lush land of huge freshwater lakes, verdant forests and numerous volcanoes, many of which are active. Earthquakes are a common occurrence, and are sometimes severe. The second-largest rainforest in the Americas lies within the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve.

The population of Nicaragua is more urban than rural and is mostly of mixed European and indigenous ancestry. Spanish is the official language, but on the Caribbean coast, some Indigenous languages are also spoken. Nicaragua is primarily an agricultural country, but construction, mining, fisheries, exports and services have added to its stability and the well-being of its people.

Most Nicaraguans live in the western Pacific lowland region between the Pacific coast and Lake Managua. Across the eastern coast, the Mosquito Coast gets the most annual rainfall in Central America: 2,540 to 6,350 millimetres per year

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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!