This year, we want to introduce you to your partners in ministry — those who are actively involved in your sponsored child’s life! Come with us to Indonesia, and meet Rusdy, a project facilitator, who is able to minister to children in desperate poverty because of sponsors and partners like you. People just like him are helping your child navigate the physical poverty that can threaten to overwhelm them. In this powerful video, walk with Rusdy and experience how Tearfund and Compassion helps children physically!



Children need more than just food or education to break free from poverty — they need to develop in all areas of life. That's why Compassion focuses on holistic child development. We want to help children grow up to be adults who are empowered to escape poverty. Compassion's program helps children develop in four key areas: physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.


body1.jpgOliver and other children in Ecuador receiving dental hygiene education and dental visits. 


Here are a few of the ways sponsorship helps children physically:
  • Every child in Compassion’s programs receives regular health screenings, dental check-ups and access to immunizations.
  • Children receive nutritious food each time they visit the child development centre, either a full meal or a healthful snack, depending on the needs and resources in that particular community.
  • When a child is at risk of or suffering from malnutrition, they receive medical care and extra food supplies. Children receive education on how to stay healthy.
  • They learn about good hygiene and proper sanitation. Hand washing and dental care become habits at the centre and at home.
  • Parents learn to prevent and treat illnesses like HIV, hepatitis and malaria. They learn the importance of clean water in preventing waterborne diseases like cholera and diarrhoea.

Recent posts

Why I decided to break up with fast-fashion and quit shopping for a year.

Why I decided to break up with fast-fashion and quit shopping for a year.

Thursday, 21 October 2021 — Morgan Theakston

According to Google’s wisdom, recovering from a breakup takes half the amount of time that the relationship lasted. I spent 15 years being wooed by racks of the latest trends under florescent lights and streams of brightly coloured packages from seemingly never-ending online sales. Their persuasion was unrelenting—I needed them to be attractive and, if I’m honest, to feel worthy as a woman in today’s world. So, according to the internet’s theory, I should be good-to-go in about seven years! 

 

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Why periods are no longer a red light

Why periods are no longer a red light

Monday, 11 October 2021 — Compassion International

Today is International Day of the Girl Child where we recognise the rights and unique challenges girls face globally. One of the many challenges they face is period poverty. Millions of girls in developing countries experience shame, confusion and even stigma and discrimination when they get their period. The good news is in Compassion centres around the world, girls are finding education, protection, empowerment, safe bathrooms and period supplies.

 

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World Mental Health Day: What war, natural disasters and Covid-19 lockdowns have in common

World Mental Health Day: What war, natural disasters and Covid-19 lockdowns have in common

Friday, 08 October 2021 — Carl Adams

Over the past 18 months, we have faced significant uncertainty as Covid-19 unleashed itself on communities at home and the world over. As a humanitarian worker, I’ve responded to people’s needs following earthquakes, flooding, tsunami and horrific acts of genocide. There are some striking similarities between these crises and Covid-19 lockdowns from a mental health perspective.

 

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If only you knew: Owen’s story

If only you knew: Owen’s story

Monday, 04 October 2021 — Compassion International

When Owen found out he was sponsored, his mother spun him around the room, his brothers jumped up and down and their faces lit up with huge grins. Owen knew his life was about to change, but what he didn’t expect was through his sponsor’s letters, he would first hear the words “I love you”. Owen and his sponsor became the best of friends through letter-writing. His sponsor even flew to Kenya to be the best man at his wedding! This year, Owen was invited to write one last letter to his former sponsor. It had been 12 years since they last wrote to one another.

 

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Some of the best sponsorship stories that came out of a global pandemic

Some of the best sponsorship stories that came out of a global pandemic

Friday, 24 September 2021 — Compassion International

Life under Covid-19 lockdown has been tough, especially for those living in poverty. Compassion’s Zoe Noakes shares some inspiring examples of how the pandemic didn’t stop people from showing up for each other—like the young man who rode a buffalo around his community with a karaoke machine to spread joy and raise funds for Covid-19 patients.

 

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Three ways to pray for the child you sponsor

Three ways to pray for the child you sponsor

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 — Compassion International

It can be hard to know how to pray for your sponsored child if you don’t understand their cultural context or what they’re going through. Children in different countries can experience poverty in various ways. In this short blog, we suggest three things you can pray for.

 

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Time to be kind to Afghans

Time to be kind to Afghans

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 — Josie Pagani

Council for International Development director Josie Pagani calls the withdrawal from Afghanistan a disaster, and says the New Zealand Government should take in a thousand Afghan refugees in this year’s refugee quota. She also says we need to back the offer Turkey made to the Afghan Government to run chartered evacuation and aid flights through Kabul airport.
 

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